After weeks of speculation and confusion Blackburn Rovers finally named Henning Berg as their new manager on Thursday. The Norwegian, who enjoyed two successful stints at Ewood Park during his playing career, has signed a three year contract replacing Steve Kean at the helm.
There is no denying that some fans may be left disappointed by the appointment of Berg especially when you take into consideration the calibre of candidates reportedly interested in the job; Harry Redknapp, Ian Holloway and Gareth Southgate were all rumoured to be interested in the vacancy. Instead Venky’s and Global Advisor Shebby Singh decided to turn their backs on a more experienced, successful manager and show faith in the ex-Rovers legend.
Having already tasted glory twice at Ewood Park – part of the Premier League winning squad in 1995 and captain of the 2002 Worthington Cup winning team – Berg will be hoping for more success as he aims to guide Rovers back to the prestigious Premier League.
Since Steve Kean resigned last month Shebby Singh dallied on appointing his replacement. The Malaysian made it clear from day one that he wanted a manager who was young and had some connection with the club. Berg is 43 which, in managerial terms, is quite young and having been a huge success for Rovers in the past he is the ideal man to match his criteria. However Derek Shaw, who was also working on appointing Steve Kean’s successor, wanted a more proven and experienced manager. Although Berg has managed several Norwegian clubs previous his managerial experience is somewhat limited therefore Shebby Singh got his way now the former Blackburn Rovers player must prove his critics wrong by getting Rovers promoted at the first time of asking.
All fans know Berg was not the first, second or third choice to succeed Kean but it is now time for fans to unite, get behind the team in numbers and show the country the real Blackburn Rovers, in Henning we trust.