Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has blamed lack of funds for the team’s poor performance in the premier league this season.
The 1995 premier league champions are currently 2nd from the bottom, with 31 points from their 36 games. Ahead of their must-win match against fellow struggler Wigan Athletic, Kean admitted that he hadn’t expected such a stringent budget to operate with when he took over the reins from Sam Allardyce in December, 2010.
“I didn’t expect it to come to this, but there has been a big transition in players. We have promoted a lot of the younger ones, maybe a little bit earlier than they would have played, but we have great players for the future and we have to make sure we stay in this league.”
Despite the sad treatment from Indian owners, the poultry giants Venky’s, Kean remains convinced that his side will avoid relegation.
“I am still convinced we can do it. We find ourselves in a position much like last year, when we had to go and beat Wolves on the last day of the season. We have lost a lot of players since then – Jermaine Jones, Phil Jones, Brett Emerton, Christopher Samba.
“There is lots of experience that has left, but we have a good group. It is a young group, but a good group and we want to get back to the type of performances that we know we can deliver.”
Blackburn have lost six of their last seven games and must win against an in-form Wigan Athletic to insure another season in the top flight.