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Berg sacked after 57 days in charge of Blackburn

ESPN staff
December 27, 2012
Henning Berg has been sacked after just 10 games in charge © PA Photos

Blackburn Rovers have sacked manager Henning Berg and three of his coaching staff in a dramatic reaction to the club's slide down the Championship table.

The Norwegian, who was only appointed in October, won just one of his 10 games in a 57-day spell in charge.

Berg, a Premier League title-winner with Rovers in 1995 and their League Cup-winning captain in 2002, was brought back to the club and charged with winning promotion to the Premier League this season.

And after Blackburn made a slow start under the former Lyn Oslo and Lillestrom manager, he was then given a target of being in the play-off places by New Year's Day. Instead, Boxing Day's 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough leaves Rovers in 17th place, having taken only seven points from a possible 30 under Berg.

Berg, 43, dropped captain Paul Robinson for his last two games in a bid to change Blackburn's fortunes but bowed out having only taken one point from his last six games. Assistant manager Eric Black, first team coach Iain Brunskill and goalkeeping coach Bobby Mimms have all left Ewood Park as well.

Black, who was caretaker manager before Berg's appointment in October, was brought to the club by former manager Steve Kean.

In a statement, Rovers said: "This decision has been taken following a very disappointing sequence of results. The club thanks the four men for their efforts and wishes them every success for the future."

Now Blackburn are looking for a fourth manager of the season, after Kean, Black and Berg, with a board meeting scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Balaji Rao, director of Rovers' much-maligned owners Venky's, was quoted in The Times of India as saying: "We have not been doing well and dropping points and losing matches quite often. I want to go up.''

Blackburn are yet to confirm who is in temporary charge until a new manager is installed.

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