PUNE, India (AP) – Blackburn manager Steve Keane is hoping to sort out issues relating to the Premier League club's poor form when he meets the team's owners Friday on the sidelines of a friendly.
''All the fans cannot be happy at one time but I am sure there are issues and we need to sort them out,'' Kean said. ''I am sure something will be discussed but I am not running away from responsibility.''
Blackburn, which is owned by Pune-based poultry firm Venky's, narrowly avoided relegation last season and has lost five of its seven games so far this season.
Some fans have called for the firing of Kean, who replaced Sam Allardyce soon after Venky's bought the club last year.
''We have a long term plan and our owners know it very well,'' Kean said. ''Our target is to play in the Europa League. Champions League, it is, I know, a far way off, but yes Europa League is the target in the next 4-5 seasons.
''We should have beaten Everton and won one of the other games. Should have had at least one more victory. We hope the full team will be up and running when premiership resumes,'' Kean added. ''There could be some changes at the top, but I am very much confident that the owners have faith in me.''
Kean, whose side will become the first Premier League club to play in India, also praised his owners.
''They are passionate about the club,'' he said. ''They are here for the long haul and I am sure they will drive us forward.''
The club will play local team Pune FC on Friday after a preseason match scheduled for July 22 was put off over security fears following three bomb blasts in Mumbai in which 26 people died on July 13.