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Berg eyes move for MacDonald
HENNING Berg wants to bring former Aston Villa caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald to Ewood Park in a bid to help arrest Blackburn Rovers’ Championship slump.
Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Blackpool was Rovers’ fourth loss in the last five games to leave them in 15th in the Championship, seven points adrift of the top six and 13 off the automatic promotion spots.
An under pressure Berg insisted no final decision had been made on the future of his current coaching staff last week when asked about potential imminent changes.
But the Lancashire Telegraph understands Berg’s bosses have reinforced their desire for change behind the scenes over the weekend, with assistant manager Eric Black and coach Iain Brunskill still believed to be in the firing line, as they desperately search for a solution to the club’s slide down the table.
Berg has identified 52-year-old MacDonald as a possible new assistant, with expected changes set to be finally executed in the coming days.
Former Leicester, Liverpool and Coventry midfielder MacDonald was on the coaching staff at Aston Villa between 1995 to 2012, where he enjoyed a number of roles including reserve team boss and caretaker manager.
He has also been caretaker manager at Leicester City and assistant manager at Republic of Ireland under Steve Staunton.
Berg has picked up just six points from a possible 27 since taking the reigns at Ewood Park as the frustration grows among the Ewood Park faithful.
Owners Venky’s, global advisor Shebby Singh, Berg and the players were all subjected to vocal criticism during Saturday’s defeat at Bloomfield Road – and Berg admits he understands their frustration.
He said: “I can understand the frustrations. The support from the fans before the game, in the first half and even at times in the second, they were supporting the team.
“These players are trying their best, sometimes it might not look like it, for these players to be the best they can be, they don’t get better by being booed or shouted at.
“I know it is easy for the fans to do that but these players don’t get better by that. To help the team, to help the players, get right behind them and as long as the game goes on push them, help them, do whatever you can and take your frustration out after the game.
“I understand the frustration and most of that we feel as well. The players, myself, the staff, we feel that frustration because no one is happy with the results we have had.
“At the same time we have to look at what we are doing on the pitch as well and at times some of what we are doing is quite good.”
Rovers spurned numerous opportunities as they enjoyed the better of the first half at Blackpool but a goal in each half from West Thomas and Kirk Broadfoot – and a dismal second half showing from the visitors – left Berg frustrated.
He said: “In terms of commitment and attitude, I think they are trying their best. I would have been even more disappointed if I felt the players weren’t trying.
“When you are on a bad run of course the confidence drops and then you get a little bit passive. You start doubting yourself, you don’t step forward, you step back and it looks as though you aren’t committed.
“All our players want to do the best they can every time they walk out on the pitch. I am not questioning the attitude.”