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Berg: There could be dark days ahead for Rovers
HENNING Berg fears Blackburn Rovers have more ‘dark days’ ahead – unless Venky’s dramatically change the values and principles with which they have run the club.
The former Rovers defender admits there was a sense of inevitability about last season’s Premier League relegation and warns there is no quick fix ahead of the forthcoming Championship campaign.
Ahead of the fixture list being released today, Berg believes any Rovers recovery needs more than just new players – he insists a return to the club’s old values is essential to unite a now divided club.
As the fixtures are released today, Rovers fans and most inside Ewood Park are still in the dark about Venky’s plans for the future.
Club secretary Anthony Bloch is understood to have become the latest casualty of their chaotic regime and – with unrest around the town growing – Berg has called for the owners to start treating the club in the manner it deserves.
He said: “It is very difficult for me to see how Blackburn can expect to go up next season with how they went down last season.
“You look at the situation between the owners, the manager, the players and the fans, and it is very difficult to see a club going in the right direction together.
“To stand any chance of promotion the owners have to change everything about the way they have run the club so far.
“There is no doubt none of the decisions they have taken have worked, none of them. Can they run the club from India? I would say they can’t and either need to come here all the time or bring someone in to run the club.
“Everyone knows how the club used to be run and these values need to be brought back. The club needs to start treating people with respect again and only then can the club be happy again.
“That is the first thing that needs to be done. The values and principles that used to exist need to be brought back.”
Berg, who won the Premier League and the Worthington Cup in two successful spells at Ewood Park, still follows Rovers’ fortunes from his native Norway.
And, having helped the club out of the Championship back in 2001, Berg warns efforts in the transfer market alone aren’t good enough to earn an instant return.
“If the owners can start running the club properly then of course the next issue is the funds available for players,” he said.
“When we got promoted back into the Premier League, we had the money to keep and attract the quality needed to get back up. We were not fantastic tactically, we were just better player wise.
“I am surprised to see there have been no decisions or statement about what their plans are yet. Things have to start very quickly.
“Only when all this is done will the club start coming back together. It is down to the owners to change the mood, not the supporters.”
Club matriarch Anuradha Desai and boss Steve Kean will know they face a tough battle in winning the frustrated Blackburn public around – after 18 months of almost continual decline.
Asian pundit Shebby Singh is set to be unveiled as a global advisor imminently, while PR man Paul Agnew has been promoted to general manager, but Berg, 42, remains unconvinced Venky’s will silence their critics.
He said: “I hope the owners and manager prove everyone wrong. I hope they do start running the club properly and it recovers.
“You look at the last two years though and you have to question it. They haven’t a great track record to say the least.”