Hot off the press, former Rovers star Henning Berg has been offered the hot seat at Ewood Park – but it appears the initial response, has been far from unanimously welcoming.
Football phone-ins across the country have been broadcasting the chimes of unhappy Blackburn fans once again, although this time, not directing their anger and disappointment towards the uber-villain Steve Kean, but towards new boss Berg, who probably hasn’t even made it to Ewood yet, with his unveiling due to take place tomorrow morning. One such ‘fan’ said it was a poor decision, and questioned why it had taken 5 weeks to arrive at Berg, and that he had probably only been appointed as he was a cheap choice and would be another ‘yes’ man for the Venky’s – adding that the demonstrations should begin again on Saturday.
The term minority tarnishing the majority springs to mind.
As a life-long Blackburn fan I am pretty happy with the appointment: a young up and coming manager, with experience, particularly of working with a young/modestly priced squad, and who has had some degree of success – added to the fact he was a Premier League winner with the Rovers (it does help his cause that he was my favourite player during his time at the club) and also lifted them back to the promised land the last time we were relegated. The man has worked under the likes of Dalgleish, Ferguson and Souness meaning he will have likely picked up their best attributes and allowed them to mold him in to something similar, a winner. As a player he won the Premier League no fewer than 3 times, the FA Cup and League cup both once, and to top it off also holds a Champions League winners medal. So why aren’t some fans happy?
What some ‘fans’ need to keep in perspective is that we are now a Championship club, run by owners who like to medal with the team and how the club is run, and who like to make false promises. Apply this to real world situations: would you accept a new job at a company where the owners (not professionals or experienced in your field) told you how to do things, promised you large budgets that you knew where never going to happen, and expected you to increase performance and profit? No of course you wouldn’t. In similarly situations – Blackburn Rovers is not a managerial job which it once was – gone are the appreciative board; the chance to do good even if this was not instant; a modest budget but the ability to negotiate. There is no way in this world that Harry Redknapp would work with the Venky’s, or even more likely, drop a league and move away from the south coast, probably for a significantly reduced wage than he was on at Spurs.
Was Alan Shearer/Billy McKinley/Tim Sherwood a better choice? No. Simple as this – they have next to no managerial experience, all have in someway left the club under a cloud (Shearer = end of summer with no time for replacement; McKinley = alleged feined injury; Sherwood = allegedly led dressing room revolts), and all would potentially lead to false expectations. Berg on the other hand, left the club the right way and even came back later in his career, and has a number of years of managing at clubs of similar relative size.
For those Rovers ‘fans’ who don’t agree with appointment and want to shout about it, continuing their tirade against the Venky’s, I ask this: what benefit will it give? How can it possibly influence the team in a positive way? Wouldn’t you be better staying at home and keep practicing your humbug role ready for Christmas (and booing Danny Murphy from the comfort of your own living room?)?
Let’s get behind the team and Berg and get the gates back up at Ewood and give it a good go – Berg, after-all, is as close to one of our own as we are going to get, and he will have the clubs best interests at heart.