Steve Kean

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Steve Kean
Steve Kean.jpg
Kean in 2010
Personal information
Full name Stephen Kean[1]
Date of birth (1967-09-30) 30 September 1967 (age 51)[1]
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Brunei DPMM
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1987 Celtic 0 (0)
1987 Swansea City (loan) 4 (0)
1987–1988 Alloa Athletic 1 (0)
1988–1991 Academica Coimbra 12 (1)
1991–1992 Bath City
1993–1994 Newbury Town
Teams managed
2010–2012 Blackburn Rovers
2013– Brunei DPMM
2014 Brunei

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Stephen "Steve" Kean (born 30 September 1967) is a Scottish football manager and former player. He is currently the manager of Brunei DPMM in the S.League. A winger, he spent his playing career in the lower divisions of Scottish, English and Portuguese leagues in the 1980s and 1990s, before moving into coaching. After a twenty-one month spell in charge of Blackburn Rovers, he resigned on 28 September 2012.

Playing career

Kean grew up in Cumbernauld, a new town on the outskirts of Glasgow, attending St. Maurice's High School. Upon leaving school, he joined Celtic as a professional, but was unable to break into a first team then dominated by Celtic legends Tommy Burns, Murdo MacLeod and Paul McStay.

He joined Swansea City on loan in 1987,[2] at the same time as Chris Coleman. They formed a lasting professional relationship, which carried on after both of their playing days had ended.

Kean then played for Academica Coimbra in Portugal, making 12 appearances, and scoring one goal.[3][4]

Coaching and management career

Coaching career

Since retiring from playing Kean has worked as a coach for Reading, Fulham, Real Sociedad and Coventry City, working as an assistant to Chris Coleman at Fulham, Real Sociedad and Coventry.[4]

In June 2008, it was reported that Kean was in talks with Chelsea to become assistant manager to Luiz Felipe Scolari.[4] Kean's fluency in Portuguese from his playing days was believed to be a key reason for Chelsea's interest.[4]

Blackburn Rovers

On 4 August 2009, Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce appointed Kean as his new first team coach. Kean replaced Karl Robinson who returned to Milton Keynes Dons. Allardyce commented that he had received numerous applications for the first team coaching position and Kean "stood out above the rest through his personality, experience and knowledge of football at the highest level".[5]

After the sacking of Allardyce on 13 December 2010, Kean was installed as caretaker manager for Blackburn.[6] On 22 December, Kean was appointed manager on a contract until the end of the season to prove his abilities as manager.[7] On 4 January 2011, it was revealed by Blackburn Rovers' owner Anuradha Desai, chairperson of Venky's, that Kean would be offered a new two-to-three-year long-term contract to manage the club.[8] On 20 January, it was confirmed by Blackburn that Kean had signed a contract until June 2013.[9]

In November 2011, Blackburn confirmed that Kean had improved terms signing a new contract with Rovers, despite the club being in the bottom place of the league. However, this new contract was confirmed on the club's website not to have included an extension to the length of the contract.[10] This came despite Kean's comments less than a week earlier stating: "Yes, there have been discussions about a new contract, but I have told the owners that this is an inappropriate time to conclude any new contract discussions".[11] The new deal came after months of protests at the club in which fans campaigned to have Kean removed as Rovers manager.[12]

On 8 April 2012, Kean managed his 60th game in charge at Blackburn Rovers, a 3–0 away loss to West Bromwich Albion leaving Rovers in the relegation zone with only six games of the season remaining.[13] This was his 30th defeat as manager of Blackburn Rovers in 60 games. When compared to former Rovers manager Sam Allardyce's statistics whilst manager of the club, it would reveal at this point that Steve Kean has only lost four games less as manager during his reign, with 30 games to spare.[citation needed] In fact statistically, as of November 2011, Steve Kean is Blackburn Rovers' second worst manager since 1992, with only Paul Ince scoring a lower win percentage.[14] On 7 May 2012, Kean evened Sam Allardyce's defeats record with 25 games to spare, relegating Blackburn Rovers to the Football League Championship in the process.

Kean left his position as Rovers' manager on 28 September 2012 with the club third in the Championship table. He declared that he had been "forced to resign" and that his position had been "untenable".[15]

Brunei DPMM

In October 2013 Kean agreed a deal to become the new manager of S.League side Brunei DPMM.[16] Kean signed an initial one-year contract with the club in Brunei on 28 November 2013.[17][18] Brunei led the 2014 S.League for the majority of the campaign but ended up finishing as runners up to Warriors following a 2-1 defeat to Tampines Rovers on the final day of the season.[19] They were also knocked out of the 2014 Singapore Cup in the semi-final by Home United.[20] The team did lift some silverware however, as they won the 2014 Singapore League Cup, beating Tanjong Pagar United 2-0 in the final.[21]

Kean was also appointed as the head coach of Brunei national football team for the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup qualification tournament in Laos in October 2014.[22]

Brunei DPMM clinched the S-League championship on 21 November 2015, with a 4-0 win at home to Balestier Khalsa.[23]

Personal life

On 15 August 2011, Kean was convicted of drink driving at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court. The Court rejected his defence that his drinks had been spiked following a match against Manchester United. He was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £1,800.[24]

Career statistics


As of match played 27 November 2015.[25][26]
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Blackburn Rovers 13 December 2010 28 September 2012 74 21 16 37 28.38
Brunei DPMM 7 November 2013 Present 73 42 14 17 57.53
Brunei 12 October 2014 20 October 2014 4 0 0 4 00.00
Total 151 63 30 58 41.72


Brunei DPMM


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