Blackburn Rovers give Berg the boot after only 57 days

Reuters

Fri, Dec 28, 2012 - Page 19

Blackburn Rovers sacked Henning Berg yesterday after only 57 days and 10 games in charge, becoming the second manager to depart an English Championship club in the space of a few hours.

The Norwegian was axed by Blackburn’s Indian owners after a 1-0 defeat at Middlesbrough on Wednesday, their fifth loss in six games, which left the club languishing in 17th place. Under Berg, Blackburn won just once.

Berg’s dismissal followed hot on the heels of Sean O’Driscoll’s departure from Nottingham Forest, the Kuwaiti-owned former European champions sacking him late on Wednesday, hours after a 4-2 home win over Leeds.

Berg, who won the Premier League as a Blackburn player in 1995, was appointed on Oct. 31 after the resignation of predecessor Steve Kean at the end of September.

O’Driscoll was sacked by Nottingham Forest despite the club sitting in eighth place, one point away from the top six.

“We are looking to bring in an ambitious manager with Premier League experience,” said chairman Fawaz al-Hasawi, adding that Forest’s lack of consistency under O’Driscoll was a major factor in the decision.