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Kean out, Keane in: The managerial hokey-cokey at Blackburn

by Josh Powell | October 5, 2012

KEANE ON ROVERS: The great news for Blackburn fans is they can recycle their signs

Roy Keane has been sensationally backed to take over the reigns at Blackburn Rovers following the sacking of Steve Kean at the end of September.

It is quite remarkable that Kean managed to stay in the job for so long in the first place after taking charge in December 2010. He won just 28% of his games in charge and the club was relegated at the end of the 2011/12 season.

Incredibly Steve Kean was the worst Blackburn Rovers manager for 20 years.

So probably not exactly a bad time to take over. It can’t get much worse surely?

Punters have been ploughing into ex-Manchester United star Roy Keane to jump back on the managerial train backing him in from 11/1 to 9/2. Keano won the Championship with Sunderland in 2007 and was named the Championship’s Manager of the Year in that season.

After a difficult spell as Ipswich boss ended in January 2011, Keane has spent his evenings getting wound up by Adrian Chiles on ITV before now deciding that management is a less painful proposition.

The move in the market which saw Keane’s odds tumble comes as the 41-year-old turned down a £1.4million-a-year deal with Turkish club Kasimpasa, but is reportedly eager to get back into management.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the 5/4 favourite to take over at Blackburn who sit fifth in the Championship. The current caretaker manager at the club Eric Black is 11/2 for the job with Tim Sherwood, who is currently part of Tottenham’s coaching staff at 7/1.

For the most optimistic Rovers fans Pep Guardiola is 150/1 to decide to end his managerial sabbatical for a life at Ewood Park.

We wouldn’t advise it Pep.

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