Blackburn manager Steve Kean is determined to make Jermaine Jones' loan signing permanent in the summer after the midfielder played a leading role in securing their first victory since January.
The 1-0 win over Bolton at Ewood Park moved Rovers closer to Barclays Premier League survival and silenced the away fans who had taunted their hosts with chants of 'You should've kept Big Sam'. Kean still has work to do to justify his appointment in place of Sam Allardyce, sacked in December following the takeover of the club by the Venky's Group.
But the thoroughly-deserved win was a move towards doing so, and the signing of USA international Jones, who joined on loan until the end of the season in January, from Champions League semi-finalists Schalke would be another step forward. Kean said: "I think Jermaine's been in this form for a number of weeks."
He added: "At times it looked as though there were two of him in there. He was getting back, he was screening Kevin Davies, he was pushing up into midfield.
"Then he was driving on, that's the type of energy he's got. I thought he was absolute quality.
"We're desperate to keep Jermaine and he wants to stay. We tried to fix a price with Schalke, but we couldn't so we've just got an agreement with Schalke until the end of the season.
"And if we can do some good business then hopefully he's going to be a Blackburn Rovers player for pre-season."
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