Defiant Blackburn manager Steve Kean vowed not to be forced out by fans and insisted it is up to him, the players and other supporters to silence the dissenters.

The 3-1 defeat at Stoke means Kean has the unenviable record of just six wins in 34 league matches since taking over from Sam Allardyce last December. Within 12 seconds of kick-off a portion of the small contingent of travelling supporters were chanting "Kean out".

The Rovers boss, who it was revealed this week has signed a new contract, said he empathised with fans but he was not affected by their calls for his sacking, and he said: "I put it to the back of my mind. I am focused on the job. They can voice their frustrations; we are frustrated we didn't get anything from this game so I can share their frustrations."

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