Blackburn Rovers fans will be glad to see the back of 2012 as a new season brought little sign of an improvement for the suffering Ewood faithful.
Rovers climbed to third in the Championship but it was not enough to save Kean, who was out of a job before October.
Henning Berg was a surprise choice to take over, but his reign was shortlived and he was sacked before the New Year, with Rovers languishing in the bottom half.
Rovers made an unbeaten start to life in the Championship, taking seven points out of a possible nine in their opening three matches.
The opening home match of the campaign saw Kazim-Richards double his Rovers tally in a 1-0 win over Hull City.
Successive home wins were wrapped up three days later as Nuno Gomes opened his account in a 2-1 success against Leicester City.
Goals flew in at both ends throughout September in a month which ultimately proved to be Kean's last at Ewood Park.
Jordan Rhodes bagged a brace a fortnight later as Blackburn went top with a 5-3 success at Bristol City.
Blackburn's first defeat of the season came a week later in Kean's last game in charge, with Middlesbrough running out 2-1 winners away from home.
Rovers made it five games without a league win in a miserable start to October before Henning Berg took the reins at the end of the month.
Blackburn nearly halted their slide at Derby County, but an 89th-minute equaliser from Theo Robinson denied a desperate Rovers.
Relief came a week later as Grant Henley scored the only goal against Sheffield Wednesday. Rhodes repeated the trick three days later to make it back-to-back home wins with a single-goal victory over Watford.
Berg made an indifferent start as Rovers boss, falling to a 2-0 defeat at in-form Crystal Palace.
Rhodes lifted the gloom with a hat-trick against Peterborough United, earning Berg his first win in charge.
November ended with a pair of disappointing home defeats. Millwall and Bolton Wanderers both left Ewood with all three points as Rovers slide down the table continued.
A busy run of festive fixtures failed to bring Rovers any victories and ended Berg's reign after just 57 days.
The Lancashire derby came close to giving Blackburn a platform to build on. Rhodes had given his team the lead against Burnley, but Sam Vokes struck in the second half to leave the Turf Moor tussle all square.
Table-topping Cardiff City were rampant at Ewood five days later, running out 4-1 winners to a chorus of boos from home supporters.
Blackpool and Middlesbrough both stopped Rovers from scoring and made it three successive defeats either side of Christmas.