Kean prepared to lose top talent
Blackburn boss Steve Kean knows he will face a battle this summer to keep hold of the club's better players following their relegation.
Rovers were condemned to Championship football next season by Monday's 1-0 defeat at home to Wigan and now head into Sunday's final fixture of the season at Chelsea knows they have nothing but pride left to play for.
The form of Junior Hoilett and Ayegbeni Yakubu have stood out like a sore thumb in a large disappointing campaign for Kean's side, with the latter having bagged 17 goals despite their lowly position.
Both are certain to be on the radar for other clubs in the coming months with the offer of an instant return to the Premier League, while goalkeeper Paul Robinson can also expect top-flight interest.
Kean - who insists he is staying with Rovers for the long-term - has been eager to focus on the forthcoming mission of getting the club back into the big time but he knows his job would be made more difficult by the lost of such star players.
The Scot said: "We know there is going to be interest, as there always is at times like this when a team gets relegated.
"You have other clubs that will try to pick off the best of your players.
"There is going to be that interest, but we are attempting to keep the majority of the squad together and build a squad that can bounce back."