Berg looking to bounce back

Henning Berg hopes his future job prospects will not be hampered by his infamous 57-day spell in charge of Blackburn.

Last Updated: 06/05/13 at 20:21 Post Comment

Henning Berg: Lasted just 57 days at Blackburn

Henning Berg: Lasted just 57 days at Blackburn

Former Blackburn manager Henning Berg hopes his future job prospects will not be hampered by his infamous 57-day spell in charge at Ewood Park.

The former Manchester United defender was given just 10 games as Rovers boss before he was sacked by the club.

The Norwegian managed just one victory during his two-month reign but sued the club

when they failed to pay his wages, eventually winning £2.25million ruling at the High Court.

But Berg - who was in charge at Lyn and Lillestrom in his homeland - says he hopes potential employers will not be not swayed away from offering him work following his failed Blackburn stint.

Asked when he hopes to return to management, he said: "I don't know but I'm looking to get back in. Hopefully I can get a proper job.

"Do I regret going to Blackburn? Well, it was one of those things. It was a good opportunity for me to establish myself in England as a manager after working in Norway for seven years.

"But at the same time, what happened and the way it happened is not something you would have liked. I was very, very surprised by it.

"You can put it down as experience but then again, that's football. It was out of my control.

"Am I worried that people might think differently of me because of what happened at Blackburn? I hope not. In between transfer windows, it is hard to do too much when you have two games a week. Hopefully that should not count against me too much."

Berg - who was speaking in Glasgow after appearing for a Manchester United legends side in a charity match with Rangers - was one of three managers sacked by Rovers this season.

Steve Kean was dismissed in September while Berg's successor Michael Appleton last just 10 days longer than the Norwegian before he was fired in March. Appleton was replaced by reserve team boss Gary Bowyer on a caretaker basis, the second time he stepped in this season.

The club, which was relegated from the Barclays Premier League last year and finished 17th in the npower Championship, has recently admitted to having "cash-flow problems" and Berg - who also had two spells as a player with Rovers - admits he fears for the club's future.

He said: "There are many, many things at Blackburn that could have been done differently. The way things have happened over the last couple of years there tells you there are things to be done."


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