Paul Clement appointed Blackburn Rovers assistant head coach

Blackburn Rovers appoint Paul Clement as assistant head coach
Clement (left) was assistant first team coach to Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea

Blackburn Rovers have appointed ex-Chelsea coach Paul Clement as assistant head coach to Steve Kean.

Clement, part of Carlo Ancelotti's team at Stamford Bridge, replaces John Jensen who left the club last month.

The appointment would appear to strengthen the position of Kean who has faced calls to resign from some fans.

Clement, 39, said: "I'm excited to be here at a big club like Blackburn Rovers and am really looking forward to the challenge."

Kean and Clement worked together at Fulham, and have been reunited ahead of Blackburn's game at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday with Rovers second bottom of the Premier League.

"It's great to be linking up with Steve again and I can't wait to get started," said Clement, who has signed a rolling contract.

Kean added: "I'm delighted that Paul has agreed to join us. He is someone I know well and respect as a coach and will be on the bench with me at QPR.

"I go back to 2000 when I first met him at Fulham and saw him progress through the age groups before he was head-hunted to go back to Chelsea.

"He worked closely with Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti, with whom he managed to win the double.

"We've got someone who has a habit of winning games and working at a very detailed and high level and that can only help the whole club."

Clement has had two spells at Chelsea, spent seven years at Fulham and had three years as the Republic of Ireland's Under-21s coach.

Kean has come under increasing pressure after one win from seven Premier League games this season.

The Blackburn squad spent last week in India on a tour of their owner Venky's homeland.

Despite a group of fans planning another protest against Kean for the Tottenham game on 23 October, the manager was backed during the trip by the family behind the poultry and pharmaceuticals firm.

Kean said: "We have to put results on the board and do it quick. We have got enough good players, staff and backing from everyone to make sure we can do that so we will be going in the right direction."

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