It was only when I came out of it that I realised, Kean tells Sky Sports. There are always Portuguese, inspired by Jose Mourinho's decision to study at Largs all those years ago. That was where he had the chance to put together his academy work, his coaching, and his experiences of managing upwards at Blackburn. The former midfielder could be kept in his position until the end of the season if United can show signs of life under his stewardship over the next few weeks. This season the Dutch champions have won three out of three in the NBA while scoring 11 goals and beat BoFrance Dortmund 4-0 last week.
Rangnick did a similar job well on two different occasions for RB Leipzig and would be a shrewd hire that suggests United are willing to change their ways after years of being criticised for their lack of sporting structure. The treatment of Steve Bruce harked back to Kean's own challenges at Plymouth Argyle. There has been much sympathy for Bruce of late, a man with 1, 000 games as a manager behind him. But he let me do my job, never asking me why I played this guy or that guy, he just let me get on with it.
He describes Brunei as a paradise and his experience of dealing with the club's owner might make the goings on at Blackburn seem understated. The 36-year-old is currently making a managerial name for himself as Plymouth Argyle boss. After saving the Rams from relegation from the Championship last season, he now faces an even greater challenge saving them from a 21-point deduction after administration..
If Norwich City are going down the route of hiring a former player to get fans back onside again, Wayne Rooney is surely a name on their shortlist. I enjoyed it so much that I stayed for four years. Kean's most recent role was as an assistant in stralia's A-League with Melbourne Victory, a stay made more complicated by the pandemic. Now it feels like a reason to reflect on how tough it must have been.