Flowers backs former Rovers pal Berg

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

HENNING Berg is one of several of Blackburn Rovers’ title-winning squad to go into management, and Tim Flow-ers believes the Norwegian has ‘the perfect mentality’ to succeed as a boss.

Flowers and Berg were both key members of the Rovers side that won the Premier League title in 1995, and 10 of that squad have since had roles as a manager in some form or other.

After a brief spell as caretaker boss of Northampton Town last year, Flowers returned to his role as the club’s goalkeeping coach and was back in familiar surroundings last week when the Cobblers trained at Rovers’ Brockhall training ground ahead of a win over Accrington Stanley.

The 45-year-old is pleased to see Berg appointed as Blackburn boss and believes all of the squad that won the league at Ewood will be hoping the Norwegian, who previously managed Lyn and Lillestrom in his homeland, enjoys success on his return to Rovers.

“Of course, 100 per cent,” Flowers said ahead of Rovers’ trip to Peterborough tomorrow.

“We were a really tight group, we had a fantastic team spirit.

“One or two of the boys have had a little go in management and it’s nice to see Henning come and get his chance back atthe club that he represented so well.

“I was really pleased for Henning, I think it’s a great job for him.

“He will be very well liked by the supporters and quite rightly so, he was a fantastic player for the football club.

“As a player he was very cool and very calm under pressure and someone you could rely on week in week out without a shadow of a doubt.

“He was always one of those seven or eight out of 10 players every week, very rarely did he have a poor game.

“He quietly got on with his job, he didn’t flap, he was a very pragmatic sort of character. Being a manager is an incredibly tough job to do and I would say he has got a perfect mentality and outlook to be very good. “I sincerely hope he does succeed.”

Flowers left Rovers after the club’s relegation in 1999, having lost his place to John Filan.

The club returned to the Premier League in 2001 and enjoyed 11 years back in the top flight, with Flowers confident Rovers can bounce back once more.

They currently sit seventh in the Championship table after 16 matches.

“It’s a super club, we came up before our game at Accrington and trained at Brockhall, so it brought back a few memories,” Flowers said.

“It has been difficult for Rovers, no-one likes getting relegated but things happen. They’ve been relegated before and come back.

“They’re in a nice tidy position in the league, they’re there or thereabouts coming towards the end of the year and if they can hang around there then I’m sure they’re in with a good shout.

“They’ve got a good squad of players, fantastic facilities, a great ground and great support, so everything is in place.

“I’m sure they’ll do really well.”

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10:43am Fri 16 Nov 12

Big Rover says...

Nice one Tim.
It took real 'bottle' to say that! :)
Nice one Tim. It took real 'bottle' to say that! :) Big Rover
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11:17am Fri 16 Nov 12

blueblooded says...

Got to say the build up for the Posh game is exciting!

COYB!
Got to say the build up for the Posh game is exciting! COYB! blueblooded
  • Score: 2

12:12pm Fri 16 Nov 12

inflightmagazine says...

blueblooded wrote:
Got to say the build up for the Posh game is exciting! COYB!
Great keeper , some nasty shirts in his day though , bet he does ok from the royalties for the goal keepers bloopers videos for that infamous divet goal. Great days and good memeories.
[quote][p][bold]blueblooded[/bold] wrote: Got to say the build up for the Posh game is exciting! COYB![/p][/quote]Great keeper , some nasty shirts in his day though , bet he does ok from the royalties for the goal keepers bloopers videos for that infamous divet goal. Great days and good memeories. inflightmagazine
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2:35pm Fri 16 Nov 12

OnePostThenTheOther says...

"Any goalkeeping coach jobs going Henning?"
"Any goalkeeping coach jobs going Henning?" OnePostThenTheOther
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8:08pm Fri 16 Nov 12

diamonds2india says...

What's up with the "syndicate"? Very few posts from their dummy accounts today!! Can they not get a signal in Peterborough??
What's up with the "syndicate"? Very few posts from their dummy accounts today!! Can they not get a signal in Peterborough?? diamonds2india
  • Score: 1

8:13pm Fri 16 Nov 12

diamonds2india says...

OnePostThenTheOther wrote:
"Any goalkeeping coach jobs going Henning?"
No...you spell it like this.....H-E-N-D-R-Y
[quote][p][bold]OnePostThenTheOther[/bold] wrote: "Any goalkeeping coach jobs going Henning?"[/p][/quote]No...you spell it like this.....H-E-N-D-R-Y diamonds2india
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11:46pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Russ ov the rovers says...

Top keeper in his day, always remember his debut when a fan gave him flowers which he put at the back of the net :). Nice words for henning and about the fans and club top bloke Tim.
Top keeper in his day, always remember his debut when a fan gave him flowers which he put at the back of the net :). Nice words for henning and about the fans and club top bloke Tim. Russ ov the rovers
  • Score: 2

1:01am Sat 17 Nov 12

diamonds2india says...

Big Rover wrote:
Nice one Tim. It took real 'bottle' to say that! :)
Well....I hope you at least buy him a pint in the Taps next time he's over.
[quote][p][bold]Big Rover[/bold] wrote: Nice one Tim. It took real 'bottle' to say that! :)[/p][/quote]Well....I hope you at least buy him a pint in the Taps next time he's over. diamonds2india
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1:06am Sat 17 Nov 12

diamonds2india says...

blueblooded wrote:
Got to say the build up for the Posh game is exciting! COYB!
Oh yeah!!! Manchester United, Liverpool & Arsenal away for the last 10+ years has nothing on Peterborough away...cannot wait!!!
.
Will that do for the "syndicate"??? Do I get "thumbs ups" now??
.
Keep counting your cash fellas....
[quote][p][bold]blueblooded[/bold] wrote: Got to say the build up for the Posh game is exciting! COYB![/p][/quote]Oh yeah!!! Manchester United, Liverpool & Arsenal away for the last 10+ years has nothing on Peterborough away...cannot wait!!! . Will that do for the "syndicate"??? Do I get "thumbs ups" now?? . Keep counting your cash fellas.... diamonds2india
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12:20pm Sat 17 Nov 12

handyamBRFC says...

BRFC have played well under HB but we ain't got the points.
Ultimately we need to win matches.
A lot of positives from the last couple of games, although just draws.
We should be winning.....but its football.
many players have looked better then what they have of late.

However, the issue of tired players remains a big issue.
Many are talking about the issue of fitness.....!
yes that is a problem but is it the only issue......???
I would add that its the age & pace of many BRFC players that's the real root of the problem.
We have too many old or slow players at the club.
Football is a fast game and we require players capable of playing for 90 minutes.
Unfortunately, we cant expect older , slow, unfit players to last that long.
Hence, in my view we need to find players in the age range of 20- 27.

Well it seems BRFC have got too many elderly /slow players and playing together in matches does not help their cause.

BRFC need to replace their elderly / slower players quickly. We should not be buying older players but Yes we should keep the ones that are older within the club to give much needed experience for other younger players. The average age of footballers in my opinion should be around 22 - 27 and in my view the clubs that have got the balance right are successful. e.g Man Utd, Liverpool...etc.
The teams with too many older statesmen in the long run are veering to far in one direction? and that is a losing position to have in football.

BRFC have got elderly / slower players playing in important positions and we cant expect them to compete for 90 minutes...its simply not possible for elderly people.
BRFC have got slow and elderly players in positions which require faster paced players.

The center of our defense is slow and cumbersome.
The center of our midfield is slow and cumbersome.

These are vital areas in football, we need stronger, skilled, all action heroes like we have had in our BRFC history.

The ones we have had playing are simply not good enough or too old.

Yes, I agree D Murphy was a great player in his heyday and YES he was a good player in his heyday...
but that was many years ago.
he is past it at best and will only be able to have a few good games.
We need to accept he is old now and virtually past it.
maybe Etuhu did play well at times in the past. but the same applies to him also.

most important......
However, in my opinion, we need to find a youngish midfield general who can dictate play and provide the link up with the strikers.
We need all action heroes as befitting BRFC.

what do you think...let us know........HB is keen to know your thoughts....i'm sure....ha...ha...!!
BRFC have played well under HB but we ain't got the points. Ultimately we need to win matches. A lot of positives from the last couple of games, although just draws. We should be winning.....but its football. many players have looked better then what they have of late. However, the issue of tired players remains a big issue. Many are talking about the issue of fitness.....! yes that is a problem but is it the only issue......??? I would add that its the age & pace of many BRFC players that's the real root of the problem. We have too many old or slow players at the club. Football is a fast game and we require players capable of playing for 90 minutes. Unfortunately, we cant expect older , slow, unfit players to last that long. Hence, in my view we need to find players in the age range of 20- 27. Well it seems BRFC have got too many elderly /slow players and playing together in matches does not help their cause. BRFC need to replace their elderly / slower players quickly. We should not be buying older players but Yes we should keep the ones that are older within the club to give much needed experience for other younger players. The average age of footballers in my opinion should be around 22 - 27 and in my view the clubs that have got the balance right are successful. e.g Man Utd, Liverpool...etc. The teams with too many older statesmen in the long run are veering to far in one direction? and that is a losing position to have in football. BRFC have got elderly / slower players playing in important positions and we cant expect them to compete for 90 minutes...its simply not possible for elderly people. BRFC have got slow and elderly players in positions which require faster paced players. The center of our defense is slow and cumbersome. The center of our midfield is slow and cumbersome. These are vital areas in football, we need stronger, skilled, all action heroes like we have had in our BRFC history. The ones we have had playing are simply not good enough or too old. Yes, I agree D Murphy was a great player in his heyday and YES he was a good player in his heyday... but that was many years ago. he is past it at best and will only be able to have a few good games. We need to accept he is old now and virtually past it. maybe Etuhu did play well at times in the past. but the same applies to him also. most important...... However, in my opinion, we need to find a youngish midfield general who can dictate play and provide the link up with the strikers. We need all action heroes as befitting BRFC. what do you think...let us know........HB is keen to know your thoughts....i'm sure....ha...ha...!! handyamBRFC
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