Black­burn boss leads the sack race by a mile

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

HAS there ever been a Premier League man­ager un­der more pres­sure than Steve Kean?

Black­burn’s 2- 1 de­feat against Bolton on Tues­day sparked more an­gry protests from Rovers fans, who dur­ing and af­ter the game made no se­cret of their de­sire for Kean and club own­ers the Venky’s to leave Ewood Park.

The Lan­cashire side are rock bot­tom at Christ­mas and only West Brom have pre­vi­ously sur­vived from that po­si­tion in the Premier League era. But they had to get a new man­ager in first…

Here is our sack-race rank­ings – other­wise known as the Fir­ing Line. GUID­ING Ful­ham to their heav­i­est home de­feat in 24 years is not how Jol would have liked to go into Christ­mas. While the Cot­tagers were not as bad as their 5- 0 loss to Manch­ester United sug­gests, their leaky de­fence is be­com­ing a cause for con­cern. IT looks set to be one of those sea­sons for the Tof­fees. They are ca­pa­ble of pulling off a re­sult that means they won’t be dragged into a rel­e­ga­tion fight, but can’t string to­gether a run that makes them com­pet­i­tive at the top. A trip to Sun­der­land next. PASSED to death by Manch­ester City who made their 3-0 win against the Pot­ters look ef­fort­less. Stoke were never ex­pected to get a re­sult at the Eti­had Sta­dium, but Pulis must be dis­ap­pointed with the min­i­mum fight his side put up. ARSE­NAL bounced back from de­feat at Manch­ester City with a fine, if not for­tu­nate, win at As­ton Villa. The sec­ond-half of the sea­son is poised for a bat­tle with Tot­ten­ham, Chelsea and Liver­pool for the Cham­pi­ons League spots… and maybe a tro­phy.

STEVE KEAN No 7: Martin Jol - Ful­ham No 13: David Moyes - Ever­ton No 14: Tony Pulis - Stoke City

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