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Is Henning Berg the right man for the Blackburn Rovers job?

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Will the 42-year-old Norwegian achieve similar success as he did as a player at Ewood Park or have the Venkys Group once again appointed the wrong man for the job?

Is he a former Norwegian international who was part of the countries golden generation and a former Manchester United player who won the Champions League with The Red Devils in 1999; check.

However he is not Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Is he a former Blackburn Rovers player who was integral in the side that won the Premier League in 1995 and is revered with hero status at Ewood Park; check.

However he is not Alan Shearer or Tim Sherwood.

In fact none of the big names such as Bernd Schuster, Henrik Larsson, Harry Redknapp, Paolo Sousa, Diego Maradona but rather Henning Berg is expected to take up the helm at Ewood Park.

It is an interesting development considering quotes attributed to Berg in June about the current state of affairs at the club he played almost 300 times for in two separate stints in Lancashire.

“It’s very difficult for me to see how Blackburn can expect to go up next season with how they went down last season. To stand any chance of promotion the owners have to change everything about the way they have run the club so far… Can they run the club from India? I would say no they can’t and either need to come here all the time or bring someone in to run the club.”

At least that rules out any question of Berg being brought in as a ‘yes man’; although those frequented with the former centre-half would never have questioned that in the first place.

Many Rovers fans will be pleased to see the man who captained them to League Cup glory, their last major silverware back in 2002, at the club but others will be rightly sceptical about the credentials of the 43-year-old.

While Venkys were keen to bring in a young manager options such as Paolo Sousa, who is performing wonders with Hungarian outfit Videoton to add to his current CV, would be far more viable then Berg.

I am sure he had a good interview and whatever but simply put, his track record is not good enough.

In his first season into management he did well, guiding Lyn Oslo to a third place league finish before finishing seventh and ninth in his next two seasons before he left amongst financial issues in 2008. He did however have the added bonus of John Obi Mikel and Chinedu Obasi being with the club during his helm.

He moved to Lillestrom and his two and a half seasons at the club saw him never finish above tenth and being dismissed in 2011. Overall his record at the club was a win percentage of 31.46% which is hardly the stats of a growing managerial force.

Former Norway team-mate Kjetil Rekdal believes he will be a success and was pleased at the growing number of Norwegian managers in the English game:

“This is fantastic news for Norwegian football that we get another coach in England, it is a sign that we are doing something right.”

The other Norwegian in question is Stale Solbakken, but he came into the Wolves job with at least an impressive Champions League run with FC Copenhagen under his belt, Henning Berg does not have an achievement near such magnitude.

It is too early to get on his case and of course we should all wish him the best as he is a likeable character from English football over the years but Venkys appointed the wrong man before and you can’t help thinking they might have done the same again.

What do you make of Henning Berg’s appointment at Ewood Park?

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