Kean adamant despite Rovers' relegation

May 09, 2012, 09:53 IST | PA Sport

Rovers boss insists under-fire owners Venky's & he can shepherd club back to EPL after 0-1 loss vs Wigan confirmed their relegation

Blackburn boss Steve Kean vowed to fight on after his side were relegated amid scenes of vitriol and protest at rain-sodden Ewood Park last night. Kean was barracked mercilessly by Rovers fans throughout a tortuous game against Wigan which the visitors snatched 1-0 to guarantee their own Premier League safety with an Antolin Alcaraz header three minutes from time.

What a chick: A chicken, left by Rovers fans in protest of Venky’s ownership, strolls on the pitch. Below: Manager Steve Kean gets emotional. Pic/AFP 

Kean has withstood protests throughout a dismal campaign and remains defiant despite the considerable hatred being hurled his way and the prospect of Championship football next season. The Scot said: “I’m not going to walk away. We’re devastated but we’ll live to fight another day. I will sit down with the owners and discuss a plan on how to assemble a squad to help us bounce back up straight away.

We need to try to keep the majority of the squad together and add one or two experienced players that can help us. I am a big believer in my own ability and a big believer in the guys I have got in the dressing room. I have spoken to each and every one of them and they are devastated but I can’t fault their commitment. I am convinced we can go on and build a side that can move us forward again — but this is a massive setback.”

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