Former Blackburn manger Steve Kean could be set to make a shock return to the Premier League with Chelsea.
The Daily Mirror report that if Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge he would like the Scot to join his backroom staff.
Kean had a torrid time in charge at Ewood Park. The fans never accepted him and the atmosphere at home games was often toxic. He was unable to keep Blackburn in the Premier League but started the following season well.
Kean is a highly respected coach
Blackburn were third in the Championship when Kean left the club claiming that he had been forced to resign as his position had become untenable. Although Kean didn’t enhance his reputation as a manager while at Blackburn he is still a highly respected coach.
Mourinho is likely to take his current backroom staff with him to Chelsea. However, he likes his assistant manager to be from the country he is working in. As a player Kean had a spell in Portugal and speaks fluent Portuguese.
Chelsea tried to sign Kean in 2008
He is currently out of work having turned down a job at Panathanaikos. He believed the Greek side’s money worries were so bad that it would be impossible to make an impact.
It won’t be the first time that Chelsea have made an offer to Kean. They wanted him to join their coaching staff in 2008 but he chose to remain at Coventry as assistant manager.
However, he is unlikely to turn them down again if Mourinho comes calling.