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Michael Appleton sacked by Blackburn

Appleton sacked by Blackburn after just two months in charge as Rovers look for their FOURTH manager of the season

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

11:24 GMT, 19 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:10 GMT, 19 March 2013

Blackburn have sacked Michael Appleton after just over two months in charge at Ewood Park.

Rovers have made the decision to wield the axe on a third manager this season following Sunday's 1-1 draw with local rivals Burnley and last week's FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Millwall.

A statement read: 'Blackburn Rovers FC can confirm that Michael Appleton has been relieved of his duties as manager along with assistant manager Ashley Westwood, first team coach Darren Moore and head of senior recruitment Luke Dowling.'

Sacked: Michael Appleton has left Blackburn after just two months

Sacked: Michael Appleton has left Blackburn after just two months

ROVERS MANAGER RECORDS

Michael Appleton
P15 W6 L6 D5

Henning Berg
P10 W1 L3 D6

Steve Kean
P8 W4 L2 D2

The club, without a win in eight games in all competitions, are 18th in the npower Championship table and just four points above the relegation zone.

Appleton left Blackpool to join Blackburn in the new year after just 65 days in charge at Bloomfield Road.

During 67 days in the Rovers job, Appleton won four, drew five and lost six of his 15 matches in charge.

It means that if Blackburn get another manager they will have had same number this season as Manchester United have had since 1972.

The goings on at Ewood Park this season are a far cry from the side that lifted the Premier League trophy in 1995 with Kenny Dalglish in charge and Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton playing up front.

Cut short: Appleton played for Preston but retired early due to injury

Cut short: Appleton played for Preston but retired early due to injury

Going global: Blackburn's global advisor Shebby Singh

Going global: Blackburn's global advisor Shebby Singh

Bottom of the Championship table

Bottom of the Championship table

Michael Appleton skips Blackpool training for Blackburn talks

Appleton skips Blackpool training to thrash out deal over Blackburn job

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

16:27 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:03 GMT, 10 January 2013

Michael Appleton has been given permission to speak with Blackburn.

The Blackpool boss is regarded as one of the brightest young managers in the game.

He has been mentored by Sir Alex Ferguson and Roy Hodgson since his playing career was ended by injury.

He will talk to Blackburn today and could even be their new manager in time to be at Molineux tomorrow night for the Championship clash with Wolves.

Rover and out Michael Appleton's reign at Blackpool could be an extremely short one with the former Portsmouth manager wanted at Ewood Park

Rover and out Michael Appleton's reign at Blackpool could prove to be an
extremely short one with the former Portsmouth manager wanted at Ewood
Park

Sportsmail understands Appleton and coach Ashley Westwood did not attend Blackpool’s training session on Thursday but were meeting chairman Karl Oyston to thrash out a deal.

It is believed Blackburn are prepared to pay
compensation of around 350,000.

Gary Bowyer will be in charge tomorrow if Appleton has not been appointed in time.

A statement from Blackburn managing director Derek Shaw was released on the club's official website last night confirming their interest in the 37-year-old former Portsmouth boss, with a Blackpool statement acknowledging a 'formal approach' shortly afterwards.

Blackpool reportedly rejected Rovers' initial approach and when contacted Shaw said: 'We’re in discussion, if that can be adequate.'

In the market: Blackburn need a new boss after Henning Berg was sacked

In the market: Blackburn need a new boss after Henning Berg was sacked

When pressed on whether Blackpool did turn down Blackburn's offer last night he added: 'I wouldn’t like to comment
on that. If there’s anything later we’ll certainly let you know.'

Appleton left Portsmouth for Blackpool on November 7 following Ian Holloway’s departure to Crystal Palace.

Henning Berg was appointed Blackburn manager seven days after Appleton but a run of one win in 10 games, including a 2-0 defeat by Blackpool at Bloomfield Road in his penultimate match, saw the ex-Norway defender sacked after 57 days in charge.

Blackburn have won all three games since Berg was dismissed and last week issued a statement to confirm reserve team manager Bowyer and head of youth Terry McPhillips would remain in caretaker charge until the end of this month.

This would now appear unlikely in light of the Appleton approach and Bowyer is due to address the media this lunchtime.

Appleton has won two and drawn seven of his 11 Championship games in charge of Blackpool, who are 14th in the table and six points shy of the play-offs – one point and one place behind Blackburn.

Gary Bowyer and Terry McPhillips to remain in charge at Blackburn until end of January

Bowyer and McPhillips to remain in charge at Blackburn until end of January

By
Dominic Farrell, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

12:34 GMT, 3 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:29 GMT, 3 January 2013

Blackburn's search for a third manager this season is to be placed on the backburner after the npower Championship club announced Gary Bowyer will lead them for the rest of January.

Bowyer, the reserve team boss at Rovers, took charge alongside youth-team counterpart Terry McPhillips after Henning Berg's stint in the Ewood Park hotseat was brought to an end on the back of one win in 10 games as Steve Kean's successor.

Back-to-back victories over Barnsley and Nottingham Forest with six goals scored have followed to move Blackburn back to within five points of the play-off places.

Staying on: Blackburn have won their last two games under Bowyer and McPhillips

Staying on: Blackburn have won their last two games under Bowyer and McPhillips

Bowyer is set to address the media on
Friday morning ahead of Saturday's home FA Cup tie with Bristol Rovers,
while league fixtures against Wolves, Charlton and Brighton complete the
month he has to stake his claim.

The former Rotherham full-back found himself thrust into the role of
caretaker manager as senior coaches Eric Black, Iain Brunskill and Bobby
Mimms were also shown the door along with Berg, and global advisory
Shebby Singh paid tribute to the job Bowyer, McPhillips and the
remaining Ewood staff have done in the circumstances.

He told BBC Radio Lancashire: 'I have got to defend my backroom staff who have done an excellent job over the past two games.

'The likes of Gary Bowyer and Terry McPhillips have been working their socks off over the last week to 10 days.

'We are not short-handed in any departments. We have got people who are extremely happy and accepting the challenge.

Axed: Henning Berg was sacked after just 57 days in charge

Axed: Henning Berg was sacked after just 57 days in charge

'I will disagree with anybody who says that (we are short-handed).'

Singh also stated Blackburn's next permanent manager will be offered an
initial deal until the end of this season with the incentive of an
extension if specified targets are met.

The latest high-profile name to be linked to Rovers is former England
manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who suggested an interest in the vacancy
when quoted by the Lancashire Telegraph this morning.

Eriksson's representative Athole Still was coy on the prospect of
Eriksson making the move to east Lancashire but confirmed his client is
interested in a return to the dugout.

He said: 'I've no comment on (the Blackburn link) at the moment. I know about it but that's all I can say.

'It's not a question of the Championship or anything. He is interesting in getting back to management at a good club.'

Blackburn Rovers wants experienced manager to replace Henning Berg

Blackburn advisor Singh insists new boss will be 'very experienced' as he rules out move for Comical Ali

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23:00 GMT, 29 December 2012

Blackburn's global advisor Shebby Singh has revealed he is in discussions with some experienced candidates to fill the managerial vacancy at Ewood Park.

On Thursday, Singh sacked Henning Berg only 57 days and 10 games after appointing the former Rovers crowd favourite.

And on Friday, Singh was forced to dispel rumours that untested amateur and youth coach Judan Ali was set to take up a role on Blackburn's coaching staff having taken first-team training alongside Singh in the wake of Berg's departure.

Plenty to ponder: Shebby Singh watches Blackburn as they win at Barnsley

Plenty to ponder: Shebby Singh watches Blackburn as they win at Barnsley

Berg's record of one win during this period came on the back of Steve Kean's deeply unpopular spell in charge that saw the club relegated to the npower Championship in May.

Despite winning at Barnsley on Saturday, Blackburn lie 15th in the table – eight points shy of the play-off places.

Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live's 606 programme, Singh hinted he may be ready to grant the wishes of large sections of the club's support by appointing a candidate with a proven track record but offered no guarantees.

'Most certainly, that (experience) is something that we are looking at,' he said.

'I am in conversation with a couple of very, very experienced managers.

'But again we have to accept there's no secret formula. There's always the one who didn't work out.'

Three and easy: Rovers celebrate as Jordan Rhodes nets their third goal

Three and easy: Rovers celebrate as Jordan Rhodes nets their third goal

One that certainly did not work out was Berg and Singh accepted responsibility for getting that decision wrong, while standing by the call to terminate the 43-year-old's reign in its infancy.

'Hindsight is very good but at the end of the day, all decisions whether right or wrong will only be proven in due time,' he said.

'Unfortunately our results were not very encouraging, performances were not the best and you've got to decide how long can you put up with that.

'When you make a decision you always think you make the right decision but things sometimes don't work out so there's nothing out of the ordinary.

'It was 10 games, let's look at it that way from a football angle. Ten games is a lifetime, it can decide the future of a club for many, many years.

'I'll put up my my hands and say if I got it wrong, I got it wrong. But it's not the end of the world. You still have to think there are aspects of the club which have progressed.'

Denial: Singh says Judan Ali will not be joining the club's coaching staff

Denial: Singh says Judan Ali will not be joining the club's coaching staff

He repeated his stance on Ali on Saturday evening but did not rule the bookmakers favourite, former Aston Villa assistant manager Kevin MacDonald, out of the running for the post.

'It is really stupid for anyone to think that – it's down right stupidity for anyone to suggest that,' he added.

'I was at the training ground but when it comes to being on the pitch I've got no involvement.

'So you can hear it now from the horses' mouth – I did not take training.

'Those two names (Ali and MacDonald) were never mentioned by me but I will defend Kevin MacDonald.

'He's a great coach, he's done extremely well with Aston Villa. I would like to be friends with him.'

Barnsley 1 Blackburn 3 – match report: Keith Hill sacked

Barnsley 1 Blackburn 3: Hill sacked as Tykes slip to foot of the table

PUBLISHED:

18:01 GMT, 29 December 2012

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UPDATED:

18:06 GMT, 29 December 2012

Managerless Blackburn put two days of off-field turmoil behind them to record a first win in seven matches against npower Championship strugglers Barnsley – whose manager Keith Hill was sacked after the game.

Henning Berg was dismissed as Rovers manager on Thursday following one win in 10 games at the helm.

Rovers' senior coaching staff were also shown the door and, under the caretaker control of reserve-team boss Gary Bowyer, it was the only signing of Berg's 57-day reign that opened the scoring at Oakwell.

Three and easy: Rovers recorded their first win in seven games

Three and easy: Rovers recorded their first win in seven games

Match facts

Barnsley: Steele, Wiseman (Stones 46), Foster, McNulty, Golbourne, O'Brien, Dawson, Perkins, Done (Noble-Lazarus 46), Tudgay, Davies (Sinclair 70).

Subs Not Used: Lidakevicius, Hassell, Harewood, Greening.

Booked: McNulty.

Goals: Dawson 76.

Blackburn: Kean, Henley, Hanley, Dann, Martin Olsson, Rochina (Markus Olsson 67), Murphy, Lowe, Vukcevic (Kazim-Richards 46), Rhodes, King (Nuno Gomes 90).

Subs Not Used: Usai, Henrique, Morris, Rosado.

Booked: King, Vukcevic.

Goals: King 29, Rochina 44, Rhodes 90.

Attendance: 9,153

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex).

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On-loan Manchester United forward
Josh King's bundled home before the half hour and a sublime individual
effort on the stroke of half-time from Ruben Rochina gave Blackburn
breathing space.

Stephen Dawson reduced the arrears
during a lacklustre second half, the closing stages of which were marred
by the sight of Barnsley forward Marcus Tudgay receiving lengthy
treatment following a collision with Rovers goalkeeper Jake Kean and
leaving the field on a stretcher.

That reduced Hill's side to 10
men having used all their substitutions and, in the eighth of nine
additional minutes, Jordan Rhodes muscled his way on to Jason Lowe's
long ball to seal Blackburn's triumph and send Barnsley to the foot of
the table.

Stephen Foster returned to the heart
of the Barnsley defence after suspension ruled him out of the Boxing Day
defeat to Birmingham, while Scott Wiseman, Matty Done and Craig Davies
were restored to Hill's starting line-up.

Bowyer tweaked Blackburn's attack by selecting Rochina and Simon Vukcevic in support of top scorer Jordan Rhodes.

Colin Kazim-Richards and Diogo Rosado
dropped to the bench while David Dunn, Morten Gamst Pedersen, Gael
Givet and Dickson Etuhu were among a host of senior players absent from
the squad.

Barnsley almost took the lead in the
ninth minute when Scott Dann's botched clearance presented Davies with
an opportunity but Rovers managed to scramble clear.

More slack defending, this time a
poor backpass from Martin Olsson, presented Dawson with a shooting
opportunity but Grant Hanley was in place to head clear.

Hotshot: Jordan Rhodes settled the game in the dying embers

Hotshot: Jordan Rhodes settled the game in the dying embers

Davies had the ball in the net with
17 minutes played but the whistle had gone for a foul on Adam Henley and
Blackburn then began to make most of the running.

Rhodes uncharacteristically skied
over after Rochina released Henley in the 23rd minute and Barnsley could
not claim the opening goal was not on the cards when it arrived.

Straight from a Kean clearance, King
raced clear of the Tykes backline and, although Luke Steele save his
initial effort, the rebound struck him and bobbled into the net.

Rovers remained on the front foot and were rewarded in style by Rochina.
Wiseman backed off the advancing former Barcelona B playmaker, who
stormed into the penalty area and lashed past Steele at his near post.

Kean saved well from Tudgay on the
stroke of half-time but that did not persuade Hill against making a
double substitution at the break as Reuben Noble-Lazarus and John Stones
replaced Done and Wiseman.

Kazim-Richards was also on at the
interval for the injured Vukcevic and almost extended Blackburn's lead
in the 54th minute, seeing a shot deflected behind.

That opportunity was inventively
set-up by Rochina and Blackburn let the initiative slip after he limped
off midway through the half.

Barnsley sensed the opportunity and, with 14 minutes to go, Dawson lashed home emphatically from 20 yards.

The host's charge for an equaliser
was concluded without Tudgay – leading to the huge allocation of injury
time that Rhodes crowned with his 12 Blackburn goal in 21 starts.

Henning Berg sacked by Blackburn

Berg sacked by Blackburn after just TWO months as Ewood Park crisis deepens

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13:28 GMT, 27 December 2012

Henning Berg has been sacked by Blackburn after only two months in the job at Ewood Park.

The former Rovers player replaced Steve Kean in September but has not been able to get the club firing since taking over.

Blackburn lie 17th in the table and Indian owners Venky's were hoping for a promotion push after investing in the summer.

Tim Sherwood, Tottenham's technical co-ordinator, is one of the names being considered for the vacancy.

Out: Henning Berg watched his side lose 1-0 at Middlesbrough on Boxing Day

Out: Henning Berg watched his side lose 1-0 at Middlesbrough on Boxing Day

Berg's impact

When Kean left the club were third. Today, they are 17th.

A year before he took the job, Berg said it would be 'madness' to work under Venky's and that 'no manager with credibility' would take the job on.'

Maybe he should have taken his own advice.

Games played: 10
Games won: One
Games lost: Six
Games drawn: Three
Goals scored: 10
Goals against: 18
Highest victory: 4-1 v Peterborough, November 17
Worst defeat: 4-1 v Cardiff, December 7
Win percentage: 10 per cent

Former boss Kean resigned at the end of September, claiming his position at the club was untenable.

But when he left, Blackburn were third and had only sunk to new depths under Berg.

Reports were circulating in the Indian
press on Thursday morning, with Venky's chief Balaji Rao saying: 'We
have not been doing well and dropping points and losing matches quite
often.'

Berg paid the price for Blackburn's awful form by becoming the second boss to be fired in the space of 24 hours after Nottingham Forest axed Sean O'Driscoll.

A Blackburn statement read: 'Blackburn Rovers FC has announced the departure of manager Henning Berg, assistant manager Eric Black, first team coach Iain Brunskill and goalkeeping coach Bobby Mimms with immediate effect.

'This decision has been taken following a very disappointing sequence of results. The club thanks the four men for their efforts and wishes them every success for the future.'

Pressure had been building at the
club and just a couple of weeks ago Berg had stormed out of the
Christmas party after he was made to wear a stocking on his head and
dance on stage.

It was
hoped the party for the players and more than 200 staff in a suite at
Ewood would lift morale but it backfired spectacularly.

Although Blackburn's owners have been
criticised heavily since taking over in Lancashire, they believe they
are right to act in a bid to halt the club's slide.

When the DJ decided to play some games, one of the club’s executives volunteered Berg to go up on stage.

The
43-year-old Norwegian reluctantly wore the Christmas stocking but grew
visibly angry and uncomfortable when he was made to dance as well.

Gone so soon: Berg was only appointed two months ago

Gone so soon: Berg was only appointed two months ago

Stunned

Tottenham keeper and former Blackburn hero Brad Friedel tweeted:

'I can't believe what I'm seeing going on at Blackburn. Giving a mgr 2 months I guess football never ceases to amaze at times.'

The final straw came when someone attempted to put a Michael Jackson wig on his head. Berg ripped off the stocking and left the stage.

Meanwhile, Rovers Action Group secretary Mark Fish admitted his 'great delight' at the decision to let Berg go.

He told Sky Sports News: 'He was a fantastic player for the club, but for whatever reason it just didn't work out for him here.

'It's difficult to say what. Perhaps the expectations from the fans, outside influences maybe. Henning Berg just didn't have the nous to get the job done I don't know.

'He just couldn't get the team playing, he couldn't get them fighting. But someone needs to come out now and hold their hands up.

'There were a lot of people involved in the process. A lot of good, better candidates were overlooked for this position.

'But they (Venkys) seemed determined to bring in an ex (Blackburn) player and it just hasn't worked out the way they had hoped.

'Why didn't Berg bring in his own coaching staff It was my understanding that he would bring his own people in with him.

'But as it ended up he was left with Steve Kean's men to help out. Someone has to come out and explain why this has happened.'

When asked about the remainder of the season, Fish was adamant that Rovers can still achieve their goal of promotion back to the Premier League.

'Do I think we can do it Yes. Absolutely, we've got the ability in the squad to still get the job done. You've only got to look at Reading last season.

'We need to have one of those runs. Also, the stands are empty. We need to be picking up results and getting people back through the gates again.'

Middlesbrough 1 Blackburn 0 match report

Middlesbrough 1 Blackburn 0: Boro bounce back and pile the pressure on Berg

PUBLISHED:

17:37 GMT, 26 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:44 GMT, 26 December 2012

Lukas Jutkiewicz struck the game's
solitary goal midway through the second half as Middlesbrough bounced
back from Saturday's npower Championship defeat at Leeds to keep their
automatic promotion hopes alive.

Polish striker Jutkiewicz struck for
the second successive game with a clinical low finish from the edge of
the penalty area to lift Tony Mowbray's side up to third, within a point
of second-placed Hull.

Christmas cracker: Lucas Jutkiewicz scores the winner

Christmas cracker: Lucas Jutkiewicz scores the winner

Match facts

Middlesbrough: Steele, Friend, Woodgate, Bikey (Rhys Williams 46), Hoyte, Ledesma, McEachran (Smallwood 56), Leadbitter, Emnes (Bailey 72), Jutkiewicz, McDonald. Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Thomson, Halliday, Miller.

Booked: Ledesma

Goals: Jutkiewicz 67.

Blackburn: Kean, Henley, Grant Hanley, Dann, Martin Olsson, Rosado (Dunn 79), Murphy, Lowe, King, Rhodes, Kazim-Richards (Rochina 83). Subs Not Used: Usai, Givet, Pedersen, Etuhu, Vukcevic.

Booked: Henley.

Att: 22,882

Ref: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

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Blackburn, who have now won only once under manager Henning Berg in 10 matches, were made to pay for missed chances and continue to slide down the table after securing just one point from their last six fixtures.

Rovers' late substitute Ruben Rochina was denied a late equaliser when Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jason Steele kept out his free-kick, but the home side were also guilty of some wasteful finishing.

Defender Andre Bikey and Argentinian striker Emmanuel Ledesma returned for Boro, while Portugal Under-21s international Diogo Rosado made his first start for Blackburn with midfielder Danny Murphy and defender Grant Hanley also recalled by Berg.

Middlesbrough made the brighter start as Jutkiewicz and Ledesma both fired over the crossbar from inside the penalty area before 16-goal Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes fired a shot just off target at the other end.

Rosado then tested Steele with a swirling, angled drive from 35 yards that was well held by the Boro goalkeeper and in a see-saw opening Jutkiewicz's header from Ledesma's cross was gathered by Blackburn goalkeeper Jake Kean.

Close call: Jordan Rhodes is kept out by Boro defence

Close call: Jordan Rhodes is kept out by Boro defence

Middlesbrough defender George Friend and midfield team-mate Grant Leadbitter both fired in shots from outside the area, but the home side were given a let-off in the 24th minute when Rhodes spurned a gilt-edged chance from close range.

Boro continued to rain in shots from long range. Rosado, again from more than 30 yards, striker Scott McDonald and Ledesma all tried their luck from distance before the break, the latter's well held by Kean in the 35th minute.

Both sides went in search of the game's opening goal in an even contest, but the score remained goalless at the interval.

Mowbray replaced Bikey with Rhys Williams during the interval and the latter was straight into the action, blocking Rovers striker Josh King's goalbound effort before Murphy's 20-yard shot was well held by Steele.

Jutkiewicz was next to waste a golden opportunity when he headed wide from six yards from McDonald's telling cross in the 50th minute, while Rovers striker Colin Kazim-Richards saw his header saved by Steele before blazing the rebound over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.

Jutkiewicz dragged an angled shot wide and forward team-mate Marvin Emnes arrowed a 25-yard effort off target, but in the 67th minute Boro broke the deadlock.

McDonald pulled the ball back towards the edge of the penalty area from the left and Jutkiewicz buried a low, right-footed shot into the bottom corner for his seventh goal of the season.

Blackburn boss Berg replaced Rosado with David Dunn in the 78th minute before fellow midfielder Jason Lowe fired a low angled shot just wide and moments later visiting goalkeeper Kean denied Boro a second when tipping McDonald's close-range effort over the crossbar at full stretch.

Rovers almost snatched a point in the final minute, but Rochina's goalbound free-kick was brilliantly saved by Boro keeper Steele.

Henning Berg storms out of Christmas party over Michael Jackson wig

I didn't want to do it, admits Berg after storming out of Blackburn's Christmas party because he was asked to wear a stocking on his head and a Michael Jackson wig

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11:49 GMT, 19 December 2012

Furious Blackburn manager Henning Berg stormed out of the club’s Christmas party after he was made to wear a stocking on his head and dance on stage.

The humiliating incident on Monday night is bound to cast more doubt over Berg’s future at Ewood Park just seven weeks after he returned as manager.

Blackburn have recorded only one win from nine games under Berg, leading to speculation he could be sacked by Indian owners Venky’s if results do not improve dramatically.

Struggles: Blackburn have dropped to 15th since Henning Berg took over

Struggles: Blackburn have dropped to 15th since Henning Berg took over

Struggles: Blackburn have dropped to 15th since Henning Berg took over

It was hoped the party for the players and more than 200 staff in a suite at Ewood would lift morale but it backfired spectacularly.

When the DJ decided to play some games, one of the club’s executives volunteered Berg to go up on stage.

The 43-year-old Norwegian reluctantly wore the Christmas stocking but grew visibly angry and uncomfortable when he was made to dance as well.

The final straw came when someone attempted to put a Michael Jackson wig on his head. Berg ripped off the stocking and left the stage.

He then made his excuses to guests at his table before making an early exit. Berg, who won the Premier League and League Cup in two spells at Blackburn, is understood to have become increasingly disillusioned with the job he has taken on.

In a statement, Berg said: 'On Monday evening, the club arranged its official Christmas Party for all employees and staff.

'We have many hard-working employees and this was an opportunity for them to relax and enjoy themselves after what has been a difficult year.

'After the dinner I was asked to go to the stage, which I was happy to do, believing I would be asked a few questions or maybe judge a competition.

Wacko over Jacko: The final straw for Berg came after someone attempted to put a Michael Jackson wig on his head

Wacko over Jacko: The final straw for Berg came after someone attempted to put a Michael Jackson wig on his head

'Instead I was asked to do things
which were not the right things for me to do as the manager, considering
our league position and form.

'I did not want to do it and went back
to my table. Later, I left the event at around 9.30pm, as planned, and
drove home. The players left straight after dinner and no alcohol was
consumed.'

On the day he was appointed, it was
revealed the ex-Manchester United defender would be sacked if he failed
to win promotion back to the Premier League this season.

However, after picking up just six points from nine games, Blackburn have slumped to 15th and face a battle to even make the play-offs.

No home comforts: Defeat to Cardiff at home left Ewood fans reeling

No home comforts: Defeat to Cardiff at home left Ewood fans reeling

Last week Berg was told to find an
entire new backroom team, although it has since emerged that his
assistant, Eric Black, first-team coach Iain Brunskill and goalkeeping
coach Bobby Mimms may be given a stay of execution due to problems
bringing in replacements.

There were suggestions of outside
interference when he dropped former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson at
Blackpool on Saturday, when his side suffered a fourth defeat in five
games.

Robinson is one of several players expected to leave in January, with Tottenham’s Brad Friedel lined up to replace him.

Venky’s invested heavily in the summer, making Blackburn the highest-paid team in the Championship, and sources say failure to return to the Premier League at the first attempt would be a financial catastrophe.

The question is how long they will give Berg to turn the club round, though he may quit first.

VIDEO: At least he didn't blame it on the boogie…

Blackburn boss Henning Berg storms out of club Christmas party

Bah humbug! Berg storms out of Blackburn's Christmas bash after being made to dance with a stocking on his head

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UPDATED:

22:58 GMT, 18 December 2012

Furious Blackburn manager Henning Berg stormed out of the club’s Christmas party after he was made to wear a stocking on his head and dance on stage.

The humiliating incident on Monday night is bound to cast more doubt over Berg’s future at Ewood Park just seven weeks after he returned as manager.

Blackburn have recorded only one win from nine games under Berg, leading to speculation he could be sacked by Indian owners Venky’s if results do not improve dramatically.

Struggles: Blackburn have dropped to 15th since Henning Berg took over

Struggles: Blackburn have dropped to 15th since Henning Berg took over

Struggles: Blackburn have dropped to 15th since Henning Berg took over

It was hoped the party for the players and more than 200 staff in a suite at Ewood would lift morale but it backfired spectacularly.

When the DJ decided to play some games, one of the club’s executives volunteered Berg to go up on stage. The 43-year-old Norwegian reluctantly wore the Christmas stocking but grew visibly angry and uncomfortable when he was made to dance as well.

The final straw came when someone attempted to put a Michael Jackson wig on his head. Berg ripped off the stocking and left the stage.

He then made his excuses to guests at his table before making an early exit. Berg, who won the Premier League and League Cup in two spells at Blackburn, is understood to have become increasingly disillusioned with the job he has taken on.

On the day he was appointed, it was revealed the ex-Manchester United defender would be sacked if he failed to win promotion back to the Premier League this season.

However, after picking up just six points from nine games, Blackburn have slumped to 15th and face a battle to even make the play-offs.

Last week Berg was told to find an entire new backroom team, although it has since emerged that his assistant, Eric Black, first-team coach Iain Brunskill and goalkeeping coach Bobby Mimms may be given a stay of execution due to problems bringing in replacements.

No home comforts: Defeat to Cardiff at home left Ewood fans reeling

No home comforts: Defeat to Cardiff at home left Ewood fans reeling

There were suggestions of outside interference when he dropped former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson at Blackpool on Saturday, when his side suffered a fourth defeat in five games.

Robinson is one of several players expected to leave in January, with Tottenham’s Brad Friedel lined up to replace him.

Venky’s invested heavily in the summer, making Blackburn the highest-paid team in the Champ-ionship, and sources say failure to return to the Premier League at the first attempt would be a financial catastrophe.

The question is how long they will give Berg to turn the club round, though he may quit first.

Henning Berg forced to shake-up Blackburn backroom staff by club chief Shebby Singh

Berg loses his team as Blackburn club chief Singh forces boss into shake-up

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22:30 GMT, 12 December 2012

Blackburn manager Henning Berg has been told to find a new backroom team to halt the club's slump, although his own job is not yet in jeopardy just eight games into his return to Ewood Park.

Rovers have won just once in that time, dropping to 13th place in the Championship, and the players will also be warned to improve performances or risk being sold in the January transfer window.

Plenty to ponder: Henning Berg has been forced to overhaul his backroom staff

Plenty to ponder: Henning Berg has been forced to overhaul his backroom staff

Berg's assistant Eric Black, first-team coach Iain Brunskill and goalkeeping coach Bobby Mimms are all expected to be axed, with Brad Friedel lined up to return to the club from Tottenham as player-coach next month and replace Mimms.

Friday's 4-1 home defeat to Cardiff was the final straw for club chief Shebby Singh who held crisis talks with Berg on Monday night.

'After a result like that it is inevitable there was going to be a post mortem,' said Singh.

Out of sorts: Blackburn have claimed one point from a possible 12

Out of sorts: Blackburn have claimed one point from a possible 12

'Decisive action was needed. Now we know the direction we are heading in and what decisions have to be taken.

'The pressure is on. We did not expect this to be easy, and it hasn't been, but the decisions have been made that need to be made.'