Skip to main content Skip to site footer

Kazim convinced by Kean

14 August 2012

Colin Kazim-Richards claims manager Steve Kean is unaffected by on-going speculation over his future at Blackburn.

Kean's embattled reign at Ewood Park was once again thrust under the microscope at the weekend when Shebby Singh told a fans' forum that the Scot would be sacked if he lost three consecutive early season games in the npower Championship - comments Rovers' global advisor has subsequently apologised for.

Kazim-Richards is no stranger to off-field turbulence following spells with Fenerbahce and Galatasaray, and credits Kean as a key factor in him deciding to return to England on a season-long loan from the latter Turkish giant.

"I don't want to be like 'he ain't going nowhere' or 'yeah, he's staying' - I just get along with football," said the London-born Turkey international. "Obviously it is upsetting sometimes because he is the man that if I did have any doubts (about joining Blackburn) they got straightened out straight away after speaking to him for, I swear to you, about a minute.

"For the respect of him to actually call me, that showed a mountain of a man to me because not a lot of managers actually do that.

"I don't know what's going on in the board room but all I can say is that he doesn't show it and it doesn't affect him out on the pitch and the way he coaches. It doesn't affect him around the players."

Advertisement block