Berg named new Blackburn Rovers manager
United Kingdom (4E Sports) – The Blackburn Rovers have appointed former defender Henning Berg as the team’s new manager.
The club will make a formal announcement at a press conference at Ewood Park on Thursday morning.
Berg, who helped the Rovers win a Premier League title in 1995, has agreed to a three-year deal as Steve Kean’s successor.
According to Derek Shaw, the club’s managing director, Berg became the board’s first choice on the back of an impressive interview.
“He interviewed well and he moved straight to the top of our list,” said Shaw.
But the 43-year old Berg’s credentials are now under the microscope from Rovers fans, having two unsuccessful stints as a coach with Norwegian clubs Lyn Oslo and Lillestrom.
The fans that campaigned for Kean’s removal have been dismayed at the club’s moves for untried managers such as Tottenham coach Tim Sherwood and Fulham assistant Billy McKinlay.
The choice of Berg, who had two spells as a Blackburn player from 1993-97 and 2000-03, was reached by Blackburn’s global advisor Shebby Singh after the club was turned down by Harry Redknapp.
Former Queens Park Rangers manager Paulo Sousa, currently at Hungarian club Videoton, and Southampton boss Nigel Adkins have been mentioned as stand-by candidates if the move for Berg falls through.
Aside from Redknapp, others who turned down the ballclub flat were Sherwood, Glenn Hoddle, and Molde’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Those also said to be considered were Bernt Schuster, Giovanni Trapattoni, Mick McCarthy, Gianfranco Zola, Alan Shearer, Jurgen Klinsman, Diego Maradona, Blackburn midfielder Garry Flitcroft, Sven-Goran Eriksson, former Barcelona and Chelsea full-back Albert Ferrer, and ex-Lazio coach David Ballardini.
Raddy Antic and Javier Clemente both applied for the position.