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Managerial crisis at Ewood Park

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Venky's, the owners of Blackburn Rovers, have made the decision to sack manager Henning Berg after just 57 days in charge of the club.

The team has performed poorly under Berg, winning just once and falling to 17th in the Championship table. They have also lost five of their last six matches, with the Norwegian's final game in charge being the 1-0 defeat at Middlesborough on Boxing Day.

The 43-year-old former Rovers defender had been brought in to replace the unpopular figure of Steve Kean, who was "forced to resign" back in September.

The Scot's position became "untenable", with the club's fans blaming Kean for a poor run of form that saw them slip out of the Premier League via the trap door.

The fans voiced their discontent towards their 44-year-old former boss throughout the 2011/12 season, with protests before, during and after matches staged in a bid to put pressure on both Kean and Venky's future.

Whilst Kean remained undeterred and vowed to fight on, the pressure eventually told. As results worsened, the club's owners eventually relieved Kean of his duties, bringing in Berg as his successor.

However, it's clear that Berg wasn't Venky's first-choice to take over from Kean, with former Blackburn midfielder Tim Sherwood reportedly holding talks with the club prior to Berg's appointment. Other candidates including QPR manager Harry Redknapp, unemployed at the time following his dismissal by Tottenham, distanced themselves from the role, perhaps because of the way the owners have treated their managers in the past?

This is a problem that Blackburn could now face going forward. As Venky's continue to hire and fire managers at will, fewer top bosses will be attracted to the job should the role become vacant in the future once Berg's replacement has been found.

If fewer managers apply for Rovers' top job, this could have a big impact on the quality of football on the pitch, and the club's chances of making a swift return to the Premier League will be nothing more than a distant dream.

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