Kean slams Hill's 'unfair' claim

Barnsley manager believes parachute payments give Blackburn advantage

Steve Kean: Believes Blackburn are entitled to Premier League parachute payments

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Blackburn boss Steve Kean has disagreed with claims by Barnsley counterpart Keith Hill that Premier League parachute payments hand an unfair advantage to his recently-relegated club.

Championship leaders Rovers extended their unbeaten run to six games with a 2-1 victory over the Tykes at Ewood Park on Tuesday.

Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes scored his third goal in three matches since joining Blackburn from Huddersfield in a deal which could eventually rise to £8m, before former Portugal international Nuno Gomes netted a late winner.

"The game was won by £8m - which is a lot more than my budget," said former Blackburn player Hill. "It's as angry as I've felt about a game.


"How can you get rewarded for getting relegated? It amazes me."

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"You pay a Jordan Rhodes type of transfer fee for clinical decision making and that's the difference between the two sides.

"We cannot compete, it's an unfair advantage that Blackburn get parachute money. They get rewarded for getting relegated.

"How can you get rewarded for getting relegated? Does it happen in any other country? It amazes me."

But Kean believes Rovers are entitled to the money following their 11-year stay in the Premier League.

"I disagree with that [Hill's assessment] because last year we were in a position where there were a lot of players leaving the club," he said.


"We got ourselves into a financial position as a club where we were more stable and that's every club's prerogative to cut their cloth accordingly.

"We're in a different division but we're able to use the money that over the years we've earned by staying in the Premier League so long.

"It's easy to take that parachute money and not spend it but we decided to reinvest back into the club and bought a very expensive player. In Jordan Rhodes that will prove to be a very astute purchase.

"We're trying to bounce back at the first time of asking because the prize money this year with the new TV deal is so lucrative.

"We're deciding to have a real go at it and that's our prerogative."