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Berg will do it his way
HENNING Berg’s former director of football Jan Age Fjortoft insists Blackburn Rovers have not appointed a ‘yes man’ – with the Ewood Park legend being unveiled as manager this morning.
Rovers confirmed yesterday that Berg has agreed to be the club’s new boss and he is due to meet the squad at training this morning.
Berg, who made 296 appearances in two spells at the club between 1993 and 1997 and from 2000 to 2003, will initially arrive on his own and be given the chance to assess the current backroom staff, before deciding what, if any, changes are needed to move forward.
The 43-year-old was a key figure in helping Rovers to the Premier League title in 1995 and in his second spell at the club he won promotion back to the top flight and then the Worthington Cup in 2002.
Some Rovers fans fear global advisor Shebby Singh has been searching for a manager who will be his puppet, and believe that is the reason why he has opted to ignore more experienced contenders.
Berg himself though, has already been critical of owners Venky’s back in May and his former Norwegian team-mate Fjortoft fully expects him to be his own man.
Former Swindon and Middles-brough striker Fjortoft was director of football at Lillestrom when Berg was initially appointed their manager from Lyn in 2008.
Fjortoft departed just a few months later, as Berg continued for three years before being fired in 2011.
He said: “Henning is his own man.
“People say the owners wanted to appoint a yes-yes man but, from my experiences of him, he isn’t that.
“Henning had said earlier in the year he could not believe any manager would take the job with the owners the way they have been and that made headlines in Norway at the time.
“I expect he will do things his own way at Blackburn.
“When you come to a club you have to find ways of working with your bosses and that is what he will do.
“Henning is a person who will work 24/7 at whatever he does.
“He is always thinking about improving things and is someone you always expected to become a manager sooner rather than later.
“He did okay as a manager in Norway and will come to Blackburn as a new generation of coach. He has a foot in the old years but also is a very much a coach of the future.
“It is all about getting a chance and he has got his chance to come in.
“In football management you have to plan long term but you have to get results short term. That is what Henning will try to do.”
As a pundit for Norwegian TV channel TV2, Berg said the following about the Blackburn job in the summer.
“To manage a Premier League club would be nice, even a Nationwide club,” he said. “However, if you should manage a club, it is essential to have the right owners.
“To join as a manager of a club with such owners are insane. There is no real managers with credibility who would take over a job like that.
“You shoot yourself in the foot.
“You are there for a few months, nothing works and you can’t do what you want. The situation surrounding the owners must be clarified first."