• On-loan midfielder says manager let him down
• Permanent move to Ipswich is on the cards
Keith Andrews has expressed dissatisfaction at Steve Kean's management of Blackburn Rovers, accusing him of weakness and allowing the club's supporters to pick his team.
The Republic of Ireland midfielder, who is on loan at Ipswich Town until January, has no desire to return to Ewood Park after enduring a difficult spell, during which the fans turned against him.
The 31-year-old went to Blackburn from MK Dons for £1.3m in the summer of 2008, but has struggled to be accepted. He says the final straw came when Kean, who took over from Sam Allardyce in December of 2010, admitted he had to drop Andrews because of the supporters' hostility.
"My face probably didn't fit entirely when I was there, for whatever reason, but when the manager is not playing you because of fans, then it becomes an issue," Andrews said. "The fans were not an issue for me because I couldn't give two hoots what they're saying. But I was told at one stage last season that … I was being left out because of the fans and so really, the writing was on the wall from that point. I was told that by the present manager.
"You would expect the manager to stand up to that. Under Sam, I was coming in for a bit of stick when I was playing at right-back at one stage because we had a few injuries and I remember him talking to me about it. It didn't affect him in the slightest with his team selections."
The Rovers midfielder David Dunn has attacked the fans for their treatment of Andrews, saying that "he was hounded out of this club, which was embarrassing". Kean may claim that he took the player out of the firing line at Ewood for his own good. Andrews, though, saw it differently.
"I just think my time there is done," he said. "A lot of things have gone on behind the scenes. I was not happy with the way certain things happened and the way I was treated towards the end. My loan is up in January and I have no desire whatsoever to go back to Blackburn. I really, really don't want to go back there but I am under contract for another two years so we will have to wait and see what happens in January."
Blackburn, who are second bottom of the Premier League, face a trip to the one team below them, Wigan Athletic, on Saturday, on the first anniversary of their takeover by Venky's, the Indian poultry firm. Like Kean, Venky's has proved unpopular at Ewood and has been the subject of supporter demonstrations.
"I don't take any satisfaction whatsoever in seeing them second bottom of the Premier League," Andrews said. "I have some good friends there and it is not nice to see. I am not one for holding grudges. I could have stayed there and tried to get my place or just sat on my backside and picked up my money. But I wanted to play and, thankfully, they allowed me to go on loan so I have no axe to grind.
"The bigger picture is that, hopefully, I have a European Championship to look forward to with Ireland and so it's important that I get out and play between January and the summer. I have certainly felt the benefit of playing so many games with Ipswich. They have indicated they would like to do something permanent and I certainly want a permanent move … whether it is to Ipswich or not, I am not sure what is going to be done. I have enjoyed my time at Ipswich. They have been very good to me."