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Blackburn sack Henning Berg after 57 days

Updated: Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 16:17 | Comments

Henning Berg has been sacked as Blackburn Rovers manager, just 57 days after assuming control of the club
Henning Berg has been sacked as Blackburn Rovers manager, just 57 days after assuming control of the club

Npower Championship club Blackburn have announced the sacking of manager Henning Berg and his coaching staff after less than eight weeks in charge of the club.

Berg, who signed a three-year contract on 31 October, oversaw his tenth match of the season on St Stephen's Day - a 1-0 defeat at Middlesbrough.

The result marked their fifth loss in six outings, while the former Rovers defender has managed to steer them to just one victory in his 57 days in charge.

The 43-year-old, who replaced the much-maligned Steve Kean, took the reigns ahead of their 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace early in November but has done little to revive their fortunes since.

His time at Ewood Park has hardly been a happy one, with a statement released earlier this month playing down claims that he had stormed out of the club's Christmas party after an alleged bust-up.

Wednesday's latest defeat prompted talks between the club's owners, Venky's, in India, after the game was screened back to them.

An official statement on www.rovers.co.uk read: "Blackburn Rovers FC has announced the departure of manager Henning Berg, assistant manager Eric Black, first team coach Iain Brunskill and goalkeeping coach Bobby Mimms with immediate effect.

"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."

"They (players and staff) have all done their best and unfortunately the results in these 10 games have not reflected their performances." - Berg

Berg expressed frustration at losing his job in a statement released through the League Managers' Association, and believes the team can soon battle their way up the table.

He said: "It goes without saying that I am bitterly disappointed to have been relieved of my managerial duties at Ewood Park after just 57 days since my appointment.

"At this stage I would just like to release a short statement thanking the Blackburn Rovers fans for their incredible support during my time in charge.

"I have always enjoyed a fantastic relationship with them dating back to my playing days where we shared some great memories.

"It was an honour for me to manage a club that is so close to my heart and I now wish all of them every success for the rest of the season and beyond.

"I would also like to thank the players and staff for their support and commitment in this short period. They have all done their best and unfortunately the results in these 10 games have not reflected their performances.

"I wish the club all the best in the future, and am sure that with a few additions in the January transfer window, they will have a good chance of getting a play-off place."

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