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Blackburn 7/1 to be relegated after appointing Kean until end of season

| 23.12.2010

Blackburn are 7/1 in the Premier League betting odds to be relegated this season, despite it being confirmed that rookie manager Steve Kean is to remain in charge until the end of the season.

Kean has been thrown in at the deep end in his first managerial appointment and the decision of the club’s Venky Group owners to name a novice in charge could backfire, as it has done with other Premier League clubs in the past.

Newcastle took the big decision to appoint Alan Shearer as manager for the final eight games of the 2008/09 season and after only one victory in this time and five points, they were relegated to the Championship.

North East neighbours Sunderland almost suffered after choosing to name Ricky Sbragia as manager in late 2008.

Sbragia impressed in a caretaker capacity at the Stadium of Light, but after being appointed on a permanent basis, things turned upside down and they only just managed to avoid the drop on the final day of the season.

Bolton were quicker to realise the mistake they made in appointing Sammy Lee and sacked him fairly early in the 2007/08 season after just one victory in 11 games.

Kean took a point at home to bottom club West Ham in his first game in charge on a caretaker basis and he will want to get a win on the board quickly to settle the nerves of everyone with ties to the club.

Blackburn host Stoke next and they have not lost at home to the opposition in the last six meetings, dating back to 1986.

Betting odds have Blackburn as the 6/5 favourites, with Stoke valued at 12/5.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.