This has to be the oddest rumour I have seen regarding Jose Mourinho so far but James Nursey in the Mirror believes that the Portuguese manager want to appoint Steve Kean if he returns to Stamford Bridge as manager.
The Spanish media have already made their minds up that Mourinho will be leaving Real Madrid at the end of the season (likely) and also believe he’s going back to Chelsea. The English media are just desperate to have him back, especially Sky considering the damp squib that was this season’s title race which isn’t great for selling subscriptions.
Kean, infamous for his spell at Blackburn Rovers, is a shock contender to be a part of Mourinho’s staff should he return to his former club where he won back-to-back Premier League titles, as rumours suggest that the Portuguese manager is already planning for the future.
I wasn’t expecting to hear Kean’s name mentioned in relation to Chelsea but it isn’t the first time that he has been linked with a job at Stamford Bridge as he was mooted as a potential assistant manager to Luiz Felipe Scolari in 2008 with his fluency in Portuguese believed to be the reason for the Blues’ interest in him.
We all know that Mourinho likes to take his own staff with him wherever he goes and also likes to appoint an assistant that is from the league he’s working in but his favourite Scot Steve Clarke is unavailable which is why Nursey believes he may opt for Kean.
Kean was hated at Ewood Park by the Blackburn fans when he succeeded Sam Allardyce as manager because they believed that he had betrayed his former boss, it didn’t help that they were relegated in the following season and he left the post back in September.
In his defence Blackburn Rovers are in a complete mess and I think it has a lot more to do with Venky’s terrible mismanagement than anything Kean did. Despite his poor spell there he is still thought of in the game and it’s understood that he recently turned down Panathinaikos’ job offer.
I can’t see him getting an unlikely return under Mourinho, it isn’t even certain that he’s even coming to Chelsea next season. But we’ll hear plenty of daft rumours between now and then. Only yesterday was Mourinho causing a furore by purchasing packing boxes and masking tape in Ikea…could be for his daughter, the only Mourinho that is confirmed as moving to London to attend an art college.
At the very least it’s a highly amusing and surprising rumour.
Source: The Mirror