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Blackburn Rovers boss wants quality not quantity
HENNING Berg believes he will be allowed to improve his squad in the January transfer window – but insists he will be only bring in players who will improve the team.
The Blackburn Rovers boss is already on the look out for fresh faces next month but is adamant players won’t be brought in ‘just for the sake of it’ and says the club will remain within their financial limits.
Talks continue about changes to Henning Berg’s backroom staff, with certain personnel potentially leaving the club imminently. Rovers are expected to talk to Eric Black, Iain Brunskill and Bobby Mimms about their futures at the club today.
But Rovers are also looking at what they can do on the field to improve their Championship performances.
Berg has only enjoyed one win from his first eight games in charge, leaving Rovers four points adrift of the play-offs, and he says the opening of business at the turn of the year as an opportunity to help their efforts.
“It is natural that every manager in the world is assessing his squad and seeing if it is possible to improve his squad. We will be the same,” said Berg.
“If we can improve this team within our financial budget of course we will do it. Our goal is to get back in the Premier League and the January window it is a possibility to do something, if we find the right players for this team.
“I think we have to improve. At the top level we are good but at the moment we are a little bit indifferent. We need to play at our top level for longer periods.
“We have a lot of young players at this club. It is a very, very young team with potential so it is natural the performances are a little bit up and down.
“But we want to be promoted and that is why we are looking to improve. If we can improve the players that are here we will do that, if we can improve by making some changes in and out then we will do that. It has to be within our financial budget and it has to be players who can improve the team.
“Of course we are assessing things as we go on and we will make sure we do the right things in the future. Improving the team, improving the squad, making sure we put us in a position where we can be promoted.”
While Rovers will be looking to add to their squad, it is also likely a few of the fringe players will be allowed to leave to free up the wage bill.
Meanwhile, Berg has hailed the importance of securing teenager defender Adam Henley on a deal at the club until 2017.
He said: “Adam has done really well. We saw him do well at Anfield and Old Trafford last season. When he came back into the team he has showed those games were not a fluke.
“He showed he is a talented young right back and if he keeps playing well he will stay in the team. We are very happy we signed him on a longer contract to make sure we keeps the players we think we can improve and can be even better.
“Even though he had a year and a half left on his deal, with players you think can develop to be top players, you want them on long contracts to make sure if someone comes in they have to pay a lot of money to get them.”
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