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Berg set for the sack
HENNING Berg is set to be sacked as Blackburn Rovers manager this morning after a fifth defeat in the last six Championship matches.
A 1-0 loss at Middlesbrough leaves Rovers 18th in the Championship, just seven points above the bottom three, leaving owners Venky’s seriously concerned about the ever-deepening crisis.
Talks were held in India after the match at the Riverside was screened back to the owners with Berg’s position under review.
It is understood Berg will be relieved of his job today with coaches Eric Black, Iain Brunskill and Bobby Mimms also in the firing line.
Rovers global advisor Shebby Singh declined to comment when approached by the Lancashire Telegraph last night.
Berg was appointed as boss early in November but has only won once in 10 games and lost six.
Meanwhile Danny Murphy admits Rovers’ Championship slump is ‘unacceptable’ – but insists the only way out is sticking together.
The Rovers skipper returned to the side in a hope of revising the club’s dismal fortunes but was left frustrated as Middlesbrough’s 1-0 victory left them in deeper crisis.
Murphy insists there are no excuses and believes Rovers deserved more from yesterday’s defeat.
He revealed a full time inquest was held in the Riverside dressing room where strong words were said among the squad.
He said: “I thought the performance was decent if you take the match in isolation, especially the first half, it was as well as we have played in a while.
“We had a lot of chances but did not score and that seems to be the way we are going.
“I am not going to stand here and make excuses because to lose four games on the bounce is unacceptable.
“In that respect, the lads are feeling it and the lads are down. There were a few things said afterwards. There is disappointment and there is frustration.
“I think it is important that when we go through spells like this, we have to stick together and all dig in and don’t start looking for scapegoats and blaming each other.
“I can’t try and gloss over the disappointment about the result. It is not acceptable as a group of players. We have a good squad and good players.
“A lot of people talk about the manager but it is the players who go over the white line and we have to do more.”
Growing sections of Rovers supporters are calling for a change of manager as an under pressure Berg sees Rovers Premier League dream slip further away.
Berg said: “We played against a good team away from home. They did not having many chances, we had some very good chances but we didn’t score the goals we needed.
“We are disappointed with the result but it was another game we did not need to lose looking and the performance and the chances.”
Meanwhile, Rovers chase for Spurs’ Brad Friedel has come to an end after the former Ewood Park stopper signed a new contact at White Hart Lane.
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