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Steve Kean signs new Blackburn Rovers contract

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Kean hopes commitment inspires players

Blackburn manager Steve Kean has secured his long-term future at the Ewood Park club by signing a new deal that runs until June 2013.

The 43-year-old initially took over in a caretaker capacity until the end of the season after Sam Allardyce was sacked as manager in December.

Kean can now craft Rovers' future over the next two-and-a-half seasons.

"I am delighted to commit my future to Rovers at the start of what I see as a massively exciting new era," he said.

"The owners have shown great faith in me and I will do all I can to repay them. This is a great opportunity for me and I intend to grasp it with both hands."

Rovers currently sit 11th in the Premier League and since Kean took over they have won three of their seven games, including a 3-1 victory against Liverpool.

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Club owner Anuradha Desai added: "We have great confidence in Steve, someone who impresses us with his work ethic, enthusiasm, positivity and football philosophy.

"We feel that the playing squad is in very safe and capable hands and we look forward to working with him.

"Stability is very important to us and this contract is further evidence of our desire to achieve such stability at the club."

Earlier in January, Blackburn recruited former Arsenal midfielder John Jensen to be the assistant manager to Kean.

And more recently they have added striker Roque Santa Cruz and midfielder Jermaine Jones to their playing staff.



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see also
Jensen handed role at Blackburn
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Kean put in charge by Blackburn
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Blackburn taken over in 43m deal
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