Even before he relieved Blackburn Rovers of the burden of playing Premier League football last year, manager Steve Kean struggled to win the confidence of the Ewood Park faithful. The unpopular Glaswegian is set to go down even further in the estimation of long-suffering Blackburn fans, after he admitted he has never seen three of his deadline day transfers play. The BBC reports:
Kean told BBC Radio Lancashire that Grzegorz Sandomierski, Nuno Henrique and Diogo Rosado were all recommended by global advisor Shebby Singh.
"They're in the club now and we can have a real look at them," said Kean. "I've not seen them play live.
"Shebby Singh was very excited about them coming here and was telling me how good they were."
Shebby Singh was appointed by the club in June as a mediator between Kean and exceptionally unpopular owners Venkys. The former Malaysian television pundit has been tasked with "doing whatever he has to do" to win promotion, which presumably includes severely undermining the authority of the manager by bringing in players he's never heard of.
Singh has already endeared himself to Kean by publicly stating that the under-fire boss would be fired if he lost three consecutive Championship league games, and for likening Morten Gamst Pedersen to a pensioner. His mystery deadline day signings were midfielder Diogo Rosado and defender Nuno Henrique from Portugal (where six of the club's eleven summer signings have come from), and 23-year-old goalkeeper Grzegorz Sandomierski (who was in the Polish Euro 2012 squad but still remained off of Kean's radar).
Despite a laughable level of dysfunction within the club, Blackburn have yet to lose a Championship game and remain favorites to win automatic promotion. So in that respect, perhaps we will see more Championship clubs adopting the model of bringing in controversial Asian TV personalities to make decisions for managers...