Berg U-turn to take Rovers job

Didrik Ottesen

HENNING Berg has been confirmed as the new Blackburn Rovers manager, despite previously stating anyone "with real credibility" would not consider working for the Championship club's Indian owners, Venky's.

Berg won the Premier League title as a player with Blackburn Rovers in 1995 and succeeds Steve Kean, who resigned to end a troubled spell as manager a month ago.

However, only five months ago Berg admitted he would be reluctant to consider working for the controversial Venky's, calling it "madness".

Berg's last managerial role was terminated 12 months ago when Lillestrom -- who he took charge of in 2008 -- won just one point in eight games. Before then he managed FC Lyn Oslo for three seasons with modest success.

More recently Berg has been a pundit for Norwegian broadcaster TV 2 Sporten, and said: "To work as a manager for a club you need the right owners and to take over as a manager in a club with owners like (Blackburn's) is madness.

"There are no real managers with credibility who would accept a job like that.

"You might end up being there a few months with nothing working and being unable to do what you want."

Berg's opinions clearly didn't deter Blackburn from hiring him and he will now be expected to steer the club back to the Premier League.