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Sack Race: Steve Kean Under Pressure Already


Blackburn's worst start to a Premier League campaign in nearly 60 years has seen Steve Kean's odds take a dramatic tumble as things look to be going from bad to worse at Ewood Park. After being able to secure a handful of signings late on in the transfer window, the management at Blackburn have been attempting a glass-half-full approach but it certainly appears as though fans' collective patience is beginning to run thin.


As it currently stands, only Arsene Wenger, Harry Redknapp and Neil Warnock are in genuine jeopardy of the sack with Wenger's price trending downwards for nearly the entire summer. Things reached a tipping point as United piled on the points last weekend and hit the Gunners for eight at Old Trafford. It was hard to believe it was Arsenal that were on the receiving end of that rout but it proved a watershed moment, exposing the frailties of that squad for what they were.

Warnock's volatile personality is likely the reason why he's in the frame this early but his 11/2 odds really aren't particularly strong or indicative of a pending swoop from the top brass. Wenger and Redknapp are both available at 6/1 and you reckon that Redknapp's odds would drop substantially if Spurs weren't able to put together a good run of form – something they might struggle to do without a genuinely outstanding striker.

It really does remain Steve Kean who trades as the most likely manager to leave and a number of top bookmakers have priced him around even money, with Ladbrokes floating an offer of 11/10.

You'd say that Kean likely has one month to turn things around and Blackburn get back to Premier League action against Fulham on September 11 – a must-win fixture. They take on Arsenal the next week and a single point would likely be viewed as a victory in that one. A Carling Cup fixture against Leyton Orient hopefully won't prove a sticky wicket for Kean and then they face another must-win fixture against Newcastle on the 24th of September.

Anything less than seven points from those three Premier League fixtures could see Kean's price go to odds-on. October 1st sees them play Manchester City – who look in all kinds of form at the moment, while they will be fully expected to beat QPR on October 15 – but it could be too little too late for Steve Kean.  

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