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Despite being Kean to stay at club, Blackburn manager 'forced' to exit

LONDON--Steve Kean quit as Blackburn Rovers manager on Friday, saying he'd been “forced to resign” with immediate effect due to his position becoming “untenable.”

The Scot had faced constant criticism from Rovers fans throughout his two-year spell in charge at Ewood Park after the club's owners Venky's, an Indian-based poultry firm, controversially brought him in to replace the experienced Sam Allardyce.

Kean, however, carried on despite the club's relegation from the elite English Premier League in May.

Yet despite Rovers currently lying a promising third in the second division Championship, Kean walked out of the northwest club ahead of Saturday's match away to Charlton.

“For reasons that I cannot discuss on legal advice, it is with deep regret, given my hard work and service for the club for a number of years, that I have been forced to resign as manager of Blackburn Rovers Football Club with immediate effect, due to my position as team manager becoming untenable,” Kean said in a statement released by his lawyers.

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