Blackburn manager Steve Kean tight-lipped over Venky's meeting

Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has refused to comment on further speculation about his future and next week's meeting with owners Venky's.

Already-relegated Rovers, who last week sacked chief executive Paul Hunt, ended a turbulent season with a 2-1 defeat at Champions League finalists Chelsea.

Kean is due to fly to India to meet the owners on Wednesday.

"All the detail that went on last season with the rebuild program will stay within the club," he said.

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We need to keep our business close. We will be speaking about that face-to-face. I think that's the best way to discuss it

Steve Kean

"I'll fly out next week and we'll make sure we continue the talks that we've already had and build the squad, a competitive squad, as quick as we can."

Keane, 44, has been the subject of strong and sustained abuse from frustrated Rovers fans, unhappy with his management and the way the club is being run by Indian poultry firm Venky's.

Regular supporter protests have made a miserable season even worse and the off-pitch trouble continued last week when Rovers dismissed Hunt after a leaked letter claimed that he had called for Kean to be sacked.

But Kean is adamant he will not stand down and insisted he remains focused on leading the club back to the top flight next season.

He added: "Over the course of the season there has been a lot of speculation that has been way off the mark. Some that's been spot on.

"We need to keep our business close. We will be speaking about that face-to-face. I think that's the best way to discuss it."

And he said the rebuilding process will begin with trying to keep some of his best players.

"We also have to try and fight for the players we have because, no doubt, other clubs will be swarming around and try and take them," Keane said.

"That's the first part of the rebuild - making sure you keep the squad together."

Kean admitted it is unlikely he will be able to keep hold of sought-after striker Junior Hoillet, who has been one of the few success stories on the pitch but is out of contract.

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This is the second time Rovers have been relegated since winning the Premier League title in 1994/95.

"We'll make a last-ditch effort to put something in front of him. You never know," Kean said.

"I don't think it is going to be just clubs in this country [who want him]. I'm told that there is interest from abroad. I can understand why because he has had some great performances, not only this season, but the past couple of seasons."

Another player who could be on the move is goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who watched from the sidelines after suffering ankle ligament damage.

Kean said: "It doesn't need surgery but it does need five to six weeks [in a protective boot] before the tendon and the ligament can heal."