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Blackburn boss Kean needs bodyguard

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Blackburn manager Steve Kean has revealed he has a bodyguard with him at all times.

The 44-year-old has been subjected to vitriolic abuse by Rovers fans angry at events both on and off the pitch at Ewood Park this season.

He told The Times: "I was advised that it would be in my interest to have somebody with me at all times.

"I was at a restaurant with my wife and children a few months ago and got a text message from a friend telling me to be careful.

"There was stuff going out on Twitter from an activist group which identified the restaurant so that people could confront me.

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"I showed the text to my wife and we decided to leave straightaway.

"We didn't tell the children because we didn't want to frighten them. We just said that there was a good place around the corner where we could get pudding.

"The chap who protects me is a seventh dan in karate, but he is not big or butch or anything.

"He knows how to handle himself.

"It is a bit strange having him around, but there are some good things too. He is bloody interesting to talk to, for a start."

He added: "I think the vast majority of fans are passionate, but non-violent, whether towards me or anybody else.

"I also think most of the Blackburn fans are behind me.

"It is surreal, though, I cannot deny that."


 

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