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Graeme McDowell wins World Golf Challenge in California

McDowell makes it two in three by picking up World Golf Challenge in California

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UPDATED:

23:53 GMT, 2 December 2012

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell finished three shots clear of Keegan Bradley to win the World Golf Challenge in California.

The European Ryder Cup star banked a cheque for one million US Dollars (624,000) as a result of finishing 17 under for the week, as well as ending a two-year wait since his last victory – which happened to be in this competition.

The 2010 US Open winner was two shots ahead of Bradley at the start of the day and ensured success with a strong back nine that earned him a four-under 68.

Here kitty: Graeme McDowell poses with his trophy after winning the World Golf Challenge

Here kitty: Graeme McDowell poses with his trophy after winning the World Golf Challenge

Fist pump: McDowell celebrates winning at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks

Fist pump: McDowell celebrates winning at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks

He was one under at the turn, having
picked up a stroke at the par-five second, but strengthened his case on
the back nine with four more birdies to balance against a solitary
bogey-six at the 13th.

Bradley started strongly, with birdies
at holes two and five but was level par for the front nine after giving
back shots on eight and nine.

He finished three under for the round as he responded to McDowell's surge but it was not enough.

Up you go: McDowell tosses his club after hitting a shot on the 18th fairway

Up you go: McDowell tosses his club after hitting a shot on the 18th fairway

The pair were well ahead of the rest
of the 18-man field, Bo Van Pelt finishing third four shots back from
Bradley and seven adrift of McDowell.

Tournament host Tiger Woods finished in a share of fourth alongside Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk on nine under.

Zach Johnson spared England's Ian
Poulter last place with a dreadful round of seven over that included
three double bogeys and three bogeys.

Fourth: Tiger Woods shared his position with Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk

Fourth: Tiger Woods shared his position with Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk

New Blackburn boss Henning Berg told Premier League or the sack

Premier League or the sack! New Blackburn boss Berg must win promotion

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UPDATED:

22:56 GMT, 1 November 2012

Henning Berg returned to Ewood Park as Blackburn’s new manager but faces the sack at the end of this season if he fails to guide the club back into the Premier League.

After seeing crowds plummet by 30 per cent in the Championship despite spending 15million on new players, owners Venky’s know that the consequences of another season outside the top flight are potentially disastrous.

Familiar territory: Berg is unveiled at Ewood Park on Thursday morning

Familiar territory: Berg is unveiled at Ewood Park on Thursday morning

Berg, whose first game is away to
Crystal Palace, takes over a team lying fifth in the table and a
three-year contract will mean little if the 43-year-old Norwegian does
not win promotion at the first attempt.

Asked if the new manager was clear about his target, Blackburn chief
Shebby Singh said: ‘Yes. Promotion is the minimum and the maximum.

‘We have emphasised that time and again. But the most important thing is that Henning welcomes the pressure.

‘He didn’t sit in front of us and say, “I need three years to build a
team or two seasons to get them promoted’”. He said, “I know what you
want and I want to be the man to deliver that”.

‘Financially we are on a par with every other club at this level. We all
know that getting into the Premier League is very important. We would
not like to be categorised as being a club in dire straits, but we share
the same pressure as every club in the Championship.’

Deal me in: New Blackburn manager Berg with Shebby Singh - the club's global advisor - at Ewood Park

Deal me in: New Blackburn manager Berg with Shebby Singh – the club's global advisor – at Ewood Park

Singh confirmed that talks took place with Harry Redknapp’s
representatives towards the end of a month-long search for Steve Kean’s
successor, after Blackburn were knocked back by Tottenham and Fulham in
their attempts to speak with two other former players, Tim Sherwood and
Billy McKinlay.

Berg won the Premiership title and League Cup as a player at Blackburn,
as well as the treble with Manchester United, but he accepts that some
fans may be concerned over his limited managerial experience at home in
Norway with Lyn Oslo and Lillestrom from where he was sacked a year ago.

‘I can understand that,’ he said. ‘People don’t know too much about what
I’ve done in Norway, and sometimes they feel more secure with an older
guy who has done it over many years and know what he’s done in the past.
But the most important thing now is the future.’

To the point: Berg had plenty of questions to answer as he was unveiled as Blackburn manager

To the point: Berg had plenty of questions to answer as he was unveiled as Blackburn manager

Unlike Kean, Berg will not have to make monthly trips to meet with
Venky’s in India and will also have more control over transfers than his
predecessor. ‘As a manager you have to have the final say in most
things,’ he said.

But he still had to face some uncomfortable questions over comments he
made earlier in the year saying that it would be ‘madness’ to work under
Venky’s and that ‘no manager with credibility’ would take the job on.

‘The comments were made by me looking in from the outside,’ explained
Berg. ‘Now I’ve spoken to the owners they’ve made many changes and the
club is going in the right direction.’

HENNING BERG FACTFILE

1969: Born September 1 in Eidsvoll, Norway.

1987: Has trial at Manchester United while a Valarenga player, but unable to secure a work permit to make the move.

1993: Leaves Lillestrom to join Blackburn in a deal worth 400,000.

1995: Misses just two games all season as Rovers win the Premier League title.

1997: Leaves Blackburn for Manchester United for 5million.

1999: Part of United`s title, FA Cup and Champions League winning squads, missing two two cup finals through injury.

2000: Wins the Premier League for a third time before returning to Blackburn, initially on loan, with the move later made permanent.

2003: Signs for Rangers, who he spends a year with before ending his career. Also makes his final appearance for Norway, retiring on 100 caps.

2005: Agrees a four-year deal to manage Lyn, taking them to a third-placed finish.

2008: Returns to Lillestrom on a five-year deal as manager.

2011: Sacked by Lillestrom.

2012: Appointed manager of Blackburn on a three-year contract.

Harry Redknapp to have Blackburn interview

Harry heads north for Blackburn interview but Berg and Holloway remain in frame

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 29 October 2012

Harry Redknapp is set to hold talks over the Blackburn job on Tuesday as he prepares for a return to management.

Sportsmail revealed last week that the 65-year-old former Tottenham boss has emerged as a surprise candidate to succeed Steve Kean at Ewood Park.

Redknapp faces competition from former Blackburn defender Henning Berg, who was interviewed for the job on Monday, while Blackpool manager Ian Holloway remains in contention.

Blackburn bound Harry Redknapp will hold talks with the Championship club

Blackburn bound Harry Redknapp will hold talks with the Championship club

But considering that he was favourite for the England job just eight months ago, persuading Redknapp to move north from his base on the south coast — and drop down to the Championship for the first time since he left Southampton seven years ago — would represent a major coup for Blackburn’s global adviser Shebby Singh.

Singh is aware he must come up with the right offer and that the former West Ham and Portsmouth boss could also become a target for some Premier League strugglers.

Berg, 43, fits Singh’s mould of a younger coach with Blackburn connections, having won the Premiership title at Ewood in 1995 and captaining the club to League Cup glory seven years later after rejoining them from Manchester United.

In the frame: Henning Berg

In the frame: Henning Berg

Unlike two other targets, Tim Sherwood and Billy McKinlay, he also has managerial experience, with Lyn Oslo and Lillestrom. But Redknapp would be the clear favourite if Tuesday’s negotiations go well.

Meanwhile, Blackburn’s neighbours and Championship rivals Bolton Wanderers unveiled Dougie Freedman as their new manager on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old former Crystal Palace boss admitted he is taking over ‘a club in decline’ and wasted no time warning a squad with the second biggest wage bill in the Championship that he expects them to turn things around.

‘Certain players believe the club was made for them and that will certainly change,’ said Freedman.

‘We all need to understand from the beginning that you’re only as good as your last game.

‘I will make sure they turn up every day determined to get better and respect each other. If they don’t I’ll deal with them.’

Palace centre back Paddy McCarthy is
expected to be one of his first targets in January, but Freedman is
confident he can get the best out of the players already there.

He said: ‘I believe in my own philosophy on the game in the way I give people opportunities and play with a no-fear factor.

New job: Dougie Freedman has taken over at Bolton

New job: Dougie Freedman has taken over at Bolton

‘Take the modern-day player and strip down the money, the caps, the hairstyles and the tweeting, and you’ve still got an individual who is talented and needs to get that talent out in some way.’

Former Watford boss Sean Dyche, 41, is expected to be confirmed as Burnley’s new manager on Tuesday.

Blackburn 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0

Blackburn 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Hanley earns Black first win in charge

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UPDATED:

22:34 GMT, 24 October 2012

Eric Black celebrated his first win as caretaker boss but it may be his last as Blackburn close in on a new manager.

The club confirmed that interviews will begin before the end of the week, and global advisor Shebby Singh is understood to have lined up a big name with an extensive Premier League track record after fans threatened to rebel if he continued his pursuit of inexperienced former Blackburn players like Tim Sherwood and Billy McKinlay.

'We understand that many fans are feeling frustrated,' said Singh. 'But we said from the outset that we would not be rushed into an appointment. This is too big a decision for that. All we ask for is a little patience.'

Winner: Grant Hanley scores Blackburn's goal against Sheffield Wednesday

Winner: Grant Hanley scores Blackburn's goal against Sheffield Wednesday

Match facts

Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Dann, Givet, Martin Olsson (Pedersen 74), Lowe, Dunn (Rochina 34), Etuhu, Grant Hanley, Rhodes,
Kazim-Richards (Murphy 83).

Subs Not Used: Kean, Formica, Nuno Gomes, Rosado.

Booked: Lowe, Kazim-Richards.

Goal: Grant Hanley 5.

Sheff Wed: Kirkland, Buxton, Taylor, Llera, Jones (O'Grady 89),
Antonio, Semedo, Barkley, Corry (Rodri 76), Jermaine Johnson, Madine.

Subs Not Used: Davies, Maguire, Mattock, Pecnik, Mayor.

Booked: Llera.

Att: 13,782

Ref: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands).

Black had urged owners Venky’s to install the new man as soon as possible after overseeing a disappointing run of three draws and a defeat since Steve Kean quit last month.

But at least Black had something to smile about on Wednesday night after an early goal from unlikely scorer Grant Hanley lifted Blackburn back into the top-six.

Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, returning to action five days after he was attacked in the Yorkshire derby against Leeds, was beaten in the fifth minute when David Dunn swept past Ross Barkley on the left and pulled the ball back for central defender Hanley to stab home from close-range.

Ruben Rochina impressed after coming on as a first-half substitute for Dunn and was twice denied by five saves from Kirkland, while Morten Gamst Pedersen saw a deflected free-kick cleared off the line by Miguel Llera late on.

Happy days: Blackburn celebrate scoring against Wednesday

Happy days: Blackburn celebrate scoring against Wednesday

Wednesday, who are now without a win in 10 games, forced Blackburn to defend for long periods without troubling Paul Robinson nearly enough and should have equalised in the first half when Michail Antonio raced clear on goal only to skew his effort wide of the far post under pressure from Scott Dann.

Lewis Buxton and Jermaine Johnson also went close but defeat left Dave Jones’s side in the bottom three.

‘We fell asleep for the first 10 minutes but apart from that I thought we absolutely pulverised them,’ Jones said. ‘We did everything but put the ball in the net.’

Black admitted that his side looked nervous, saying: ‘We have to resolve this feeling of anxiety which invites pressure, but hopefully this will make a difference.’

Meanwhile, Blackburn are close to signing Stoke striker Cameron Jerome on loan after he became surplus to requirements following the arrival of Michael Owen.

Blackburn consider their options after failing to land Tim Sherwood and Billy McKinlay

Blackburn bid to calm fans over boss fears after failing to land Sherwood and McKinlay

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UPDATED:

14:42 GMT, 24 October 2012

Blackburn global advisor Shebby Singh has pleaded for patience from fans over the club's protracted search for a new manager.

Steve Kean resigned to end his
troubled reign at Ewood Park on the eve of last month's 1-1 draw at
Charlton and a host of high-profile names were immediately linked with
the job.

No rush: Blackburn Global advisor Shebby Singh

No rush: Blackburn Global advisor Shebby Singh

Caretaker boss Eric Black will search for his first win in charge at the fifth time of asking against Sheffield Wednesday in the npower Championship tonight and Singh, overseeing the recruitment process on behalf of owners Venky's, insists he will not be rushed into an appointment as Rovers look for an instant return to the top flight.

'It has been a very, very difficult three weeks – difficult in that we have to make a quick decision but, at the same time, we cannot rush into making such a decision because of recent history,' he told Blackburn Rovers TV on the club's official website, www.rovers.co.uk.

'That means taking time and, yes, I do understand that we need to make an appointment but it cannot just be any appointment because obviously after what happened we've got to tread very, very carefully.

'I would like to appeal to the fans; do not react to what you read in the papers or what is rumours – do not react to that.

Aiming for the top: Jordan Rhodes is spearheading Blackburn's drive

Aiming for the top: Jordan Rhodes is spearheading Blackburn's drive

'I am taking everybody's emotions into consideration. The fans have been through difficult times and the last thing I want is to put fans through more anguish.

'So give me more time now, rather than all of us rush into a decision and we all suffer together.'

Reaction to reported rejected approaches for Tim Sherwood and Billy McKinlay have not been overly positive among Blackburn's fanbase.

The former Rovers midfielders are coaches with Tottenham and Fulham respectively but are managerial novices, prompting parallels to be drawn with Kean's credentials upon his full-time appointment in January 2011.

Singh is committed to examining a wide range of options and retains a keen internest in 'next big thing' candidates of Sherwood and McKinlay's ilk.

'It has been (more difficult that expected) simply because we try to look at football from different angles,” he explained.

'You've got three different types of potential candidates. One is the young, untried, next big thing – dynamic, forward-thinking candidate.

'Then you have the bitter-sweet group – they have had a little bit of success here, a little bit of success there and they have tasted both sides of football.

'In the third category you get the wise old head. So while we know what a wise old head can bring, while we know what the bitter-sweet group can give you, we cannot just brush aside the potential, the possibility of something that can happen.'

Billy McKinlay"s move to Blackburn Rovers off after fans" protest

Fan power forces Rovers to pull plug on McKinlay's proposed move to Blackburn

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UPDATED:

21:47 GMT, 23 October 2012

Blackburn have pulled the plug on their attempt to appoint Fulham's first-team coach Billy McKinlay as their new manager following protests from fans.

The club's global advisor Shebby Singh hoped to appease supporters in the wake of Steve Kean's unpopular reign by installing a former player as his successor, and had already tried to bring in Tim Sherwood from Tottenham.

Right hand man: McKinlay is currently the assistant to Jol at Fulham

Right hand man: McKinlay is currently the assistant to Jol at Fulham

But the move backfired over McKinlay's
lack of managerial experience and suggestions – denied by sources close
to him – that he remains friends with Kean from their time together at
Fulham.

'Supporters are not willing to put up with another experiment,' said Glenn Mullan, chairman of the Blackburn Rovers Action Group.

'Talk of Billy McKinlay and Tim Sherwood, who are both coaches with no managerial experience, has sent supporters into meltdown.'

Fulham had already rejected Blackburn's initial approach for 43-year-old McKinlay on Monday, and the threat of more boycotts by disgruntled fans has convinced Singh to look elsewhere.

Caretaker boss Eric Black, who has failed to win in four games since Kean's departure, will again be in charge for Wednesday's game at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

Blackburn want Tim Sherwood by Saturday

Blackburn hopeful of securing Sherwood as new boss in time for next game

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UPDATED:

22:06 GMT, 15 October 2012

Blackburn hope to appoint Tim Sherwood as their new manager before they travel to play Derby on Saturday.

The Championship club are in talks with Tottenham after having an initial approach rejected by their chairman Daniel Levy.

Rovers return: Tim Sherwood is close to taking over at old club Blackburn

Rovers return: Tim Sherwood is close to taking over at old club Blackburn

Just champion: Sherwood won the Premier League title with Rovers during his playing days

Just champion: Sherwood won the Premier League title with Rovers during his playing days

Rovers chiefs have started putting
together a compensation package, such is their growing confidence of
luring Sherwood back to the club he captained to the Premier League
title in 1995.

When questioned last month about the vacancy, Sherwood said: 'That's all they are – just rumours. That's all I know about it.

'I've got a great job where I am. There is nothing to consider. It's just speculation. I love what I do. I'm happy at the football club, it's a great project.'

Alan Shearer, recommended for the job by former boss Kenny Dalglish, is another option.

Shearer, who scored 112 league goals for the Lancashire outfit during his playing days, previously turned down the opportunity to take over at Ewood Park before Paul Ince's ill-fated spell.

Blackburn line up second bid for Tim Sherwood

Blackburn back in for Sherwood as Venky's line up second bid for club legend

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UPDATED:

08:34 GMT, 11 October 2012

Blackburn are refusing to give up in their attempts to lure Tim Sherwood back to the club as manager.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is equally determined to keep his technical co-ordinator and has already turned down an official approach from Rovers.

But the 43-year-old, who captained the club to their Premier League title in 1995, remains the top target to succeed Steve Kean and the Venky family are set to launch a second bid.

The one they want: Tim Sherwood remains Blackburn's top target

The one they want: Tim Sherwood remains Blackburn's top target

Sherwood signed a four-year deal at White Hart Lane just last month but Rovers are willing to double his wages to 2million a year.

He left Ewood Park in 1999 to join Spurs before spells at Portsmouth and Coventry.

Sherwood called time on his playing career in 2005 and has been part of the backroom staff in north London since 2008.

Roy Keane ready to snub Turkish club Kasimpas and take charge at Blackburn

Keane ready to snub Turkish club Kasimpas and take over at Blackburn

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UPDATED:

06:21 GMT, 3 October 2012

Roy Keane has delayed taking the hot seat at Turkish club Kasimpasa amid interest in the Blackburn job.

The 41-year-old arrived in Istanbul on Monday for talks over a 1.4million-a-year contract.

On his way: Roy Keane arrives in Turkey for Kasimpassa talks

On his way: Roy Keane arrives in Turkey for Kasimpassa talks

But Keane has yet to put pen to paper as he is interested in succeeding Steve Kean at Ewood Park, reports the Daily Mirror.

Keane, who has had spells in charge
at Sunderland and Ipswich but is now a TV pundit, fits the profile of
the big-name manager that Blackburn owners Venky’s are looking for to
win back the fans and secure a return to the Premier League.

But Keane faces competition from former Ewood Park favourites Alan Shearer and Tim Sherwood.

Blackburn’s director of football Shebby Singh said: 'There’s a lot of interest. And we will not be rushed into a decision.'

Roy Keane arrives at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey

Henrik Larsson in frame to take over at Blackburn Rovers

Celtic legend Larsson in frame to take reins at Rovers after impressing in Sweden

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UPDATED:

22:38 GMT, 1 October 2012

Henrik Larsson is the shock new name being considered by Blackburn Rovers to replace Steve Kean.

The Celtic legend has emerged as a candidate after working wonders on a shoestring in his first managerial job in his native Sweden.

Larsson, 41, took his first job in management with Second Division side Landskrona to learn the ropes after finishing his playing career.

Hand it to him: Larsson is building a great reputation in management

Hand it to him: Larsson is building a great reputation in management

The former Sweden international, who
won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006, wants a job in England
after telling Landskrona he will not be renewing his contract when their
domestic season ends next month.

Blackburn owners Venkys want a high-profile name to get their fans back onside after Scot Kean left the club last Friday.

They have had an official approach for Spurs’ technical co-ordinator Tim Sherwood turned down and are considering other options.

Larsson remains a huge name in the
game and has commanded respect in Sweden after opting to take his first
job at a lower level and keeping the club clear of relegation.

He is good friends with former
Barcelona managers Pep Guardiola and Frank Rijkaard, and has been
working with a similar system to Barca’s at Landskrona.

Larsson, who led Celtic to a famous
victory over Blackburn on their way to the UEFA Cup Final in 2003,
already has his full UEFA Pro Licence and his coaching methods are
admired in Sweden.

Holding the fort: Eric Black is currently in charge at Rovers

Holding the fort: Eric Black is currently in charge at Rovers

His stay there will come to an end this season and he is now under consideration for a role with a big Championship club.

Rovers are fourth in the table, but
the next manager will be under enormous pressure to get them promoted at
the first attempt, following last season’s relegation from the Premier
League.

They are working to a 10-day time frame to replace Kean and Larsson is now one of the serious options being considered.

His name will appeal to Rovers simply
because his standing in the game is so high around the world that it
will appease their furious supporters.

If Larsson does return to the British
game, there will inevitably be speculation linking him with a return to
Celtic in the future.

Eric Black, a former assistant manager
at Parkhead during Larsson’s earlier years there, is in charge of
Blackburn on a caretaker basis and led them to a 1-1 draw at Charlton on
Saturday, but the Venkys want a big name to replace Kean.

Larsson’s release clause is 65,000
but that will not be a problem to Blackburn’s owners if they decide to
go ahead with an official approach.

Staying put: Rovers made an official approach for Sherwood

Staying put: Rovers made an official approach for Sherwood