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Oct 31, 2012

Henning Berg appointed at Blackburn

Henning Berg has been appointed Blackburn Rovers manager after the club finally replaced Steve Kean following his sacking in September.

Berg was a Premier League title winner as a defender at Ewood Park and his status as a former player at the club was viewed favourably once a move for former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp fell through.

The 43-year-old, whose successful spell at Manchester United was sandwiched by two stints at Ewood Park, took Lyn Oslo to third in the Norwegian league in 2005 and has also managed Lillestrom.

As well as being part of Blackburn's title-winning team in 1995, he captained Rovers in their 2002 League Cup victory against Tottenham.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Blackburn Rovers can confirm that Henning Berg has accepted the role of manager. Henning, a former player over two spells at the club, is set to be unveiled to the media in the morning."

Rovers managing director Derek Shaw revealed the former Norway defender became the board's No. 1 choice on the back of an impressive interview. "He interviewed well and he moved straight to the top of our list,'' he said.

Wayne Wild, co-chairman of the Rovers Trust - a group committed to fan ownership of Blackburn - believes the club's concluded pursuit of a former player may be misguided.

"I think the protracted process underlines that there are still problems at board level and senior management level at Blackburn Rovers,'' Wild told Press Association Sport. "It seems to be more important to give the fans an ex-player's name rather than getting somebody who would be more expensive and more experienced.

"This highlights the importance of having a supporters trust, so that supporters get to voice their input at the highest level. Henning Berg was obviously a very well-liked former member of the playing squad on two occasions, so will certainly be welcomed by the fans.''

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