BLACKBURN Rovers boss Steve Kean has said Gael Givet “was not in the right frame of mind” to feature in this afternoon’s 3-0 Premier League defeat at Swansea.
The Rovers boss admitted he was angry at his side’s display after seeing their hopes of Premier League survival suffer a huge blow.
Givet’s exclusion from the squad, despite being fit, has angered Rovers supporters but Kean insists it was his decision not to play him.
He is adamant there are no financial issues stopping Givet’s involvement but said he was not prepared to talk about why Givet was not ‘in the right frame of mind’.
Kean said: “I spoke with Gael earlier on this morning and after a chat with him it was very apparent that he was nowhere near in the right mindset to be involved. I don’t want to go into the reasons why, we will keep that private.”
Injuries to Grant Hanley (ankle), Yakubu (knee) and Junior Hoilett (hamstring) have deepened Rovers woes as they remain three points adrift of safety with just four games remaining.
Kean said: “We intended to set up like we did against them at Ewood. We did that and before they scored, we did it very well.
“The problem was our passing was a little bit loose, although credit to Swansea they pressured us. That was a factor of the game today.
“I am angry. I think we were very good at 0-0 but we cant be like that. We lost concentration for a few minutes. Not to mention the amount of injuries we picked up.”