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Kean to stay on as manager of Blackburn

Steve Kean has been handed control of first team affairs at Blackburn for the remainder of the season.
Steve Kean has been handed control of first team affairs at Blackburn for the remainder of the season.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Blackburn Rovers have confirmed the appointment of Steve Kean as manager
  • Kean will remain in charge of Premier League side for the rest of the season
  • The decision comes following last week's shock dismissal of Sam Allardyce

(CNN) -- English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers have confirmed the appointment of Steve Kean as manager for the remainder of the season.

Blackburn's new owners sacked former manager Sam Allardyce, and his assistant Neil McDonald, last week and placed coach Kean in temporary charge of first team affairs.

And despite Rovers only drawing 1-1 at home to bottom club West Ham on Saturday, Kean has now been told he will remain in the hot seat until June 2011.

Indian-based owners Venky's released a statement on the club's official website saying: "Following the departure Sam Allardyce, Steve Kean was appointed as manager of Blackburn Rovers.

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Blackburn Rovers have decided to continue with Steve Kean as manager until the end of the season
--Blackburn Rovers statement
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"Venky's have now decided to continue with Steve as manager until the end of the season in June 2011."

Rovers currently lie 12th in the table, six points above the relegation zone, and speaking to reporters after the draw with West Ham at the weekend, Kean revealed he wanted to remain as manager.

The Scotsman told reporters: "I want to take the club forward. It's an interim period, there's been no games or period of time put on it. I will work with the lads and try and take us forward."

Meanwhile, British media are reporting that Blackburn captain Christopher Samba is considering his future with the club following Allardyce's dismissal.