Ex Blackburn Rovers manager wins first domestic title in Singapore

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Former Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has won his first piece of silverware with Singapore League side Brunei DPMM.

Kean made a name for himself while working for then Premier League side Blackburn Rovers in 2010. The Glasgow-born coach took over from Sam Allardyce as caretaker manager in December 2011 and was appointed on a permanent basis a month later.

However his tenure at Ewood Park was a forgettable one, as he only won 21 of his 74 games in charge of the Lancashire-based club. In May 2012 Kean equalled his predecessor's defeat record in 25 fewer games and relegated Blackburn to the Championship.


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Before the 48-year-old took the reigns at Blackburn he was assistant manager to the current Wales boss Chris Coleman at Fulham, Real Sociedad and Coventry City.

Kean can speak fluent Portuguese and, as a result, was approached by Chelsea to assist manager Luiz Felipe Scolari in 2008.

His unsuccessful period with Blackburn Rovers tarnished his reputation in English football and the Scotsman travelled to Singapore to find managerial work and prove his worth as a professional coach.

He was appointed manager of Brunei DPMM in 2013 and almost took them to a league title in his first season in charge, but a loss on the final day of the season cost them the S-League championship.

It wasn't all bad, though, they did win the Singapore League Cup to ensure Kean didn't walk away empty handed from a very promising campaign.

A year on, however, and Brunei have gone one step further and won the title - Kean's first league triumph as a manager.

It might now be more plausible to see Kean return to England in the future after his success in Asia and improve the reputation he made for himself at Blackburn.

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