Stevie Kean has been confirmed as manager of Blackburn Rovers until the end of the season.
The former Celtic reserve midfielder was put in charge last week following the sacking of Sam Allerdyce amid rumours suggesting that the club’s new Indian owners wanted to appoint Diego Maradona as manager.
Kean took charge of the side for the 1-1 with West Ham on Saturday and is currently in India discussing matters with the club owners.
A brief statement on the Blackburn website said: “Following the departure of Mr. Sam Allardyce as Football Manager of Blackburn Rovers Football Club earlier this month, Mr. Steve Kean was appointed as manager.
“Venkys London Limited – Blackburn Rovers – has decided to continue with Mr. Steve Kean as Manager, until the end of the season, June 2011.”
Allerdyce appointed Keane as first team coach last summer and encouraged the former Celt to take on the caretaker job after last week’s events.
Blackburn chair-lady Anuradha Desai said: “Steve will still be doing the job January. He will have control over the signings in January and, although he will have to discuss things with the board, he will have the final say.
“There is more than £5million available to him. I would rather not say how much, I will say that when the time is right, but I can say there will be a lot more than £5m. We are looking at options for January but please give us some time.”
Keane is expected to be back in the UK in time to take charge of Blackburn’s Boxing Day clash at home to Stoke City.
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