Former Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has revealed that he “felt” for former Reading colleague Graeme Murty after he was sacked as Rangers manager – and thinks Murty’s experience at Ibrox was similar to the situation he found himself in at Ewood Park.
Kean was part of Tommy Burns’ coaching staff when Murty signed for the Royals and Kean, a former Celtic player, kept a close eye on how Murty was doing at the Gers before the axe fell on him in April.
Kean admitted that “it’s hard” to take interim charge and keep things ticking along with little clarity on the future beyond the next game.
“I felt for Murts. I was at Reading when Tommy Burns brought him in,” Kean said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
What happened to him is exactly what happened to me. You get the job for one game then it’s two – then to the end of the season.
“You just try to keep the dressing room right and get the boys in shape to win games. It’s hard.
“You get sacked if you do a bad job and if you do a good job you might be included in the next staff.”
Football Insider verdict:
Murty’s time as manager didn’t end the way everyone hoped it would and it remains to be seen what happens next for him- with an offer to return to the club’s Under-20s side still on the table. Despite it not working out for him, the former Scotland international was thrown into a ridiculous situation and tried to make the best of it. With Murty now gone from the hotseat and Steven Gerrard in charge, Gers fans are desperate to see their side finally close the gap to bitter rivals Celtic and mount a serious title challenge. The Ibrox giants will have something to prove after only managing to secure a third-place finish in the Scottish Premiership last season behind Celtic and Aberdeen and will know a third consecutive third-place finish simply won’t cut it. With only a matter of weeks before the Gers’ campaign gets underway, Gerrard will be hoping he can hit the ground running when the competitive games get underway next month.