MICHEL Salgado has become the latest former Blackburn Rovers player to hit out at events at Ewood Park.
Henning Berg was sacked as boss on Thursday after only 57 days in charge and Salgado, who left Rovers after falling out of favour under previous manager Steve Kean, has hit out at owners Venky’s.
“For God’s sake, stop this madness,” the former Real Madrid defender said on Twitter.
“I’m really sorry for the friends I’ve left there.
“I’m sorry for my former team-mates, workers and fans.
“The worst thing is the way the club is being treated.
“So many rumours, but nobody knows the truth.
“Players are as messed up as fans.
“Nothing makes sense.
“It doesn’t matter the manager you pick if you lack stability and sensible footballing decision-making.
“The first thing they need to appoint is an experienced English chairman with power to make decisions.”
Brad Friedel criticised the decision to sack his former Rovers team-mate Berg on Twitter and reiterated his bewilderment in an interview yesterday.
“Henning is a good pal of mine and to see a pal get sacked after 57 days and not be able to put his stamp on the club, I don’t like to see a friend go through something like that,” said the keeper.
“I just don’t understand what is going on there, I don’t understand why you would hire a manager and only give him 57 days.
“The club I was at was such an incredible family club with a brilliant atmosphere day to day, with everyone smiling at you – John Williams, Tom Finn, Martin Goodman, Andrew Pincher, all behind the scenes running the club spectacularly well. Then in the course of three years there is all this negativity.”
In the Norwegian press, former Rovers midfielder Lars Bohinen described the club’s actions in dispensing with Berg so quickly as like ‘an amateur side’.
Morten Gamst Pedersen’s father Ernst has been quoted as criticising Rovers’ decision to hand Berg the job in the first place.
The former Bodo/Glimt director claimed Berg never had the credentials for the job and hit back after the 43-year-old was reported to have criticised his son’s form during his time as a TV pundit in Norway.
Pedersen himself was more diplomatic, but called for Rovers to appoint ‘a strong manager’ of the ilk of Mark Hughes or Sam Allardyce.
“A clear leader can hopefully get us out of the cycle we are in now, so we start winning games again,” said the Rovers midfielder.