Berg's reign as manager is shortest in Rovers history

First published in Football

HENNING Berg lasted only 57 days at Blackburn Rovers, with his reign going into the record books as the shortest tenure of any permanent manager at the club.

Berg was officially appointed as Rovers boss on October 31 but his 10 games in charge brought only one win, three draws and six defeats.

The Norwegian takes an unwanted Rovers record away from Jim Iley, whose tenure spanned just 172 days.

Former Barnsley manager Iley was appointed as Rovers boss in April 1978 with the club sitting fifth in Division Two, a month after Jim Smith had departed for Birmingham City.

The club had gone four games without a victory under caretaker boss Norman Bodell and that run continued in the remaining four games of the season as Rovers missed out on promotion.

A disappointing start to the 1978/79 saw Iley come in for severe criticism. His Rovers exit came in early October, with Blackburn sitting 21st in the second tier.

His reign spanned only 12 league matches, which brought one win, four draws and seven defeats.

Paul Ince lasted only five days more than Iley, as he was sacked after just 178 days in 2008.

But all three fall into long-serving categories when compared with Leroy Rosenior’s 10-minute stint.

The current holder of the record for shortest spell as manager, Rosenior was appointed Torquay boss but the club was in the process of being taken over by a local consortium who wanted their own man. Result, Rosenior was gone in 600 seconds.

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6:56am Sat 29 Dec 12

makaveli96 says...

Jack Straw?

This is what happens when we have free trade!!

Back to basics

Get us out the EC
Jack Straw? This is what happens when we have free trade!! Back to basics Get us out the EC makaveli96
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