Kean earns revised Rovers deal

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Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has signed a new revised contract with the club, but not an extension to his current deal, according to the club.

Reports had emerged this week that the 44-year-old had signed a new deal with the club that included an extension to his current contract which expires in 2013.

Following comments from Kean that a new deal was in the offing, the club have confirmed a new deal has been signed.

"An agreement made in the summer has now been formalised," a statement read.

"Contrary to some reports there is no change to the length of the contract. The club respects that all contracts are private and confidential and no further comment will be made."

Kean said yesterday: "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. Instead, the real issue is for me and everyone else to concentrate on the games.

"The fact that the owners have talked to me about a new contract means that they can see what we are building here, and we hope to make others see it too.

Recent Rovers home games have been littered with protests surrounding the future of Kean, who has won just 10 of his first 38 matches in charge at Ewood Park.

The club are currently second bottom of the Barclays Premier League, having not won in the league since mid-September.

Their winless streak continued as they fought to a 3-3 draw with bottom side Wigan Athletic last weekend, with striker Yakubu scoring a late penalty to salvage a point.

The club's owners Venky's have come under criticism for keeping faith with Kean amid their dismal run in the Premier League, with many fans worried the current four-point gap between them and safety may become too great to save the club in the new year.

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