Steve Kean has resigned as Blackburn Rovers manager after claiming the club's owners left his position at Ewood Park "untenable".
The Scot's position had become increasingly unlikely after he failed to meet club owners Venkys' target of 16 points from the team's opening seven Championship matches, falling just two short.
Tim Sherwood had been linked with replacing the 44-year-old but Goal.com revealed earlier on Friday that Tottenham expect the former Rovers midfielder to turn down a return to Ewood Park, and remain part of the coaching staff under Andre Villas-Boas.
Kean's statement read: "For reasons that I cannot discuss on legal advice, it is with deep regret, given my hard work and service for the club for a number of years, that I have been forced to resign as manager of Blackburn Rovers Football Club with immediate effect, due to my position as team manager becoming untenable.
"I wish to thank all the players and coaching staff for their great support and the majority of the fans, who now see their club heading towards an automatic promotion position back to the Premiership. I wish the club all the very best for the future."
Kean was promoted to the managerial role from first team coach after Sam Allardyce's sacking in December 2010.
However, he oversaw the Lancashire club's relegation from the Premier League last season amid constant fan protests against his management and the Indian poultry firm's ownership of the club.
Kean had held talks with Venkys after Blackburn's 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough left the side on 14 points after seven games, and had claimed earlier on Friday that the talks had been constructive.
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