Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean has won the backing of the club's new Director of Football, Shebby Singh. A dismal season that ended with relegation from the Premier League had left question marks over Kean's future.

Singh said: "Steve has been in this sort of situation before in the Championship when he was at Fulham and he got them promoted.

"We have got to evaluate situations as they come along rather than set a certain standard and say 'you have failed to meet that.'

"While not lowering our standards we need to look at the other qualities that Steve has got. Everybody starts with a clean slate but having said that everybody is on trial.

"There is more pressure [to return] than probably there was to stay in the Premier League to be honest.

"We have already discussed terms with a very important player in terms of the characteristics he can bring to the team and we are in discussions with another couple of players in striking positions to improve out striking options.

"As far as I am aware and as far as I know there are funds available to bring in the right sort of characters and the players with the right sort of characteristics for the team."

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