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Blackburn Rovers Blog: Managerial success is never guaranteed
IS there any such thing as a ‘sure thing’ when it comes to appointing a football manager?
Henning Berg’s arrival in the Ewood Park hot seat is already being seen by many as a big gamble and they are probably right. What isn’t though?
Ian Holloway, Bernd Schuster and Harry Redknapp were all names that had big support from sections of supporters in Rovers’ farcical managerial hunt over the past month.
These were experienced managers who would guarantee promotion according to some. Leicester City fans might have a different opinion about Holloway, Southampton supporters would question the talents of Redknapp, while the Besiktas faithful would not touch Schuster again.
Yes, all three have had major successes in their management life but they have also had big failures. What’s to guarantee these would be more successful than Berg?
The ‘experience argument’ is understandable. After all, Rovers’ last appointment was a managerial novice and it spectacularly failed. Once bitten and twice shy.
Had Rovers brought in someone completely inexperienced in the world of management, like previous targets Billy McKinlay and Tim Sherwood, you could perhaps understand the cynicism a little bit more.
They haven’t though. They have appointed someone with six years of management behind him, not forgetting his legendary status as a player at both Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United.
Berg is no mug. He enjoyed success in his first managerial job at Lyn, and started encouragingly enough when he moved on to Lillestrom in August 2008.
His Lillestrom adventure event-ually finished badly and he was sacked in 2011 after a shocking run of results and he has since spent his time as a pundit on Norwegian TV.
I have no idea if Berg will be a success at Ewood Park. Just like I would have had no idea if Holloway would have been success, or Schuster or Redknapp. Any appoin-tment is a gamble.
Owners Venky’s have finally made their decision, after a month of dithering, procrastination and farce, and all any of us can do is hope he proves to be the right man for this football club.
I’m sure all Rovers fans will give the man who was a key figure in helping the club win the Premier League title a warm welcome, anything else would be sheer madness.
More importantly than the fans giving him a chance is the owners giving him the tools to succeed.
I don’t mean loads of cash, that is the last thing I mean given the club’s perilous financial situation.
I mean providing their manager with a solid platform behind the scenes. To let him make his own decisions, sign his own players and have complete autonomy over all footballing decisions.
If Berg fails, Venky’s have to make sure it is because of his own mistakes, not because of theirs.
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