Kean in 2010
|Full name||Stephen Kean|
|Date of birth||30 September 1967|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Brunei DPMM (manager)|
|1987||→ Swansea City (loan)||4||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Stephen "Steve" Kean (born 30 September 1967) is a Scottish football manager and former player. He is currently the manager of Brunei DPMM in the S.League. A winger, he spent his playing career in the lower divisions of Scottish, English and Portuguese leagues in the 1980s and 1990s, before moving into coaching. After a 21-month spell in charge of Blackburn Rovers, he resigned on 28 September 2012.
Kean grew up in Cumbernauld, a new town on the outskirts of Glasgow, attending St. Maurice's High School. Upon leaving school, he joined Celtic as a professional, but was unable to break into a first team then dominated by Celtic legends Tommy Burns, Murdo MacLeod and Paul McStay.
Coaching and management career
In June 2008, it was reported that Kean was in talks with Chelsea to become assistant manager to Luiz Felipe Scolari. Kean's fluency in Portuguese from his playing days was believed to be a key reason for Chelsea's interest.
On 4 August 2009, Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce appointed Kean as his new first team coach. Kean replaced Karl Robinson who returned to Milton Keynes Dons. Allardyce commented that he had received numerous applications for the first team coaching position and Kean "stood out above the rest through his personality, experience and knowledge of football at the highest level".
After the sacking of Allardyce on 13 December 2010 by new Blackburn owners Venky's, Kean was initially installed as caretaker manager but on 22 December 2010, he was appointed manager on a contract until the end of the season to prove his abilities in that position. On 4 January 2011, it was revealed by Anuradha Desai, chairperson of Venky's, that Kean would be offered a new two-to-three-year long-term contract to manage the club and on 20 January 2011, it was confirmed by Blackburn that Kean had signed a contract until June 2013. Kean's appointment was shrouded in a great deal of controversy since his agent Jerome Anderson had earlier played a major role in advising Venky's during the takeover of the club in the preceding months. Furthermore, Allardyce later received "substantial", but undisclosed, damages from Kean after Kean had been recorded in a bar in Hong Kong falsely alleging that Allardyce had been sacked from his post at Blackburn Rovers because he was a crook.
In November 2011, Blackburn confirmed that Kean had improved terms signing a new contract with Rovers, despite the club being in the bottom place of the league. However, this new contract was confirmed on the club's website not to have included an extension to the length of the contract. This came despite Kean's comments less than a week earlier stating: "Yes, there have been discussions about a new contract, but I have told the owners that this is an inappropriate time to conclude any new contract discussions". The new deal came after months of protests at the club in which fans campaigned to have Kean removed as Rovers manager.
On 8 April 2012, Kean managed his 60th game in charge at Blackburn Rovers, a 3–0 away loss to West Bromwich Albion leaving Rovers in the relegation zone with only six games of the season remaining. This was his 30th defeat as manager of Blackburn Rovers in 60 games. When compared to former Rovers manager Sam Allardyce's statistics whilst manager of the club, it would reveal at this point that Steve Kean has only lost four games less as manager during his reign, with 30 games to spare. In fact statistically, as of November 2011, Steve Kean is Blackburn Rovers' second worst manager since 1992, with only Paul Ince scoring a lower win percentage. On 7 May 2012, Kean evened Sam Allardyce's defeats record with 25 games to spare, relegating Blackburn Rovers to the Football League Championship in the process.
Kean left his position as Rovers' manager on 28 September 2012 with the club third in the Championship table. He declared that he had been "forced to resign" and that his position had been "untenable".
In October 2013 Kean agreed a deal to become the new manager of S.League side Brunei DPMM. Kean signed an initial one-year contract with the club in Brunei on 28 November 2013. Brunei led the 2014 S.League for the majority of the campaign but ended up finishing as runners up to Warriors following a 2-1 defeat to Tampines Rovers on the final day of the season. They were also knocked out of the 2014 Singapore Cup in the semi-final by Home United. The team did lift some silverware however, as they won the 2014 Singapore League Cup, beating Tanjong Pagar United 2-0 in the final.
On 15 August 2011, Kean was convicted of drink driving at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court. The Court rejected his defence that his drinks had been spiked following a match against Manchester United. He was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £1,800.
|Blackburn Rovers||13 December 2010||28 September 2012||74||21||16||37||28.38|
|Brunei DPMM||7 November 2013||Present||98||54||19||25||55.10|
|Brunei||12 October 2014||20 October 2014||4||0||0||4||0.00|
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