Blackburn Rovers’ Premier League problems are in danger of becoming terminal after a disastrous 2-1 defeat against Bolton Wanderers at Ewood Park on Tuesday.
The result means Rovers have won just two of their opening 17 league games and are in the unenviable position of being rooted to the foot of the table at Christmas.
West Bromwich Albion in the 2004/05 season are the only team in Premier League history not to be relegated after being bottom on December 25 and the odds suggest Rovers are unlikely to become the next side to achieve the feat.
Rovers are massive 4/9 favourites to drop back to the Championship at the end of the season and are currently four points adrift of safety.
With away games against Liverpool and Manchester United coming up next, they look unlikely to add to their meagre 10 point haul in the next week or so and – come the new year – there could be some serious distance between the former Premier League champions and the safety of 17th.
The situation for Steve Kean is looking almost untenable with huge protests and chants of discontent from the Rovers faithful showing the owners exactly what they think about the former first XI coach.
The result and the reaction have seen the odds on Kean being the next Premier League boss to leave slashed to 1/5 and it’s hard to see how he can continue much longer with even the local paper and MP Jack Straw calling for him to leave.
Meanwhile, the result has seen Owen Coyle drift to 7/2 to be the next boss to go after his side picked up their first win in six games to move off the foot of the table.