BLOG: A tough situation
As each game goes by, the target of promotion this season seems less and less likely for Henning Berg at Blackburn Rovers. Having taken just 6 points from a possible 27 at the start of his reign as manager, the pressure is mounting.
The target at the start of the season was almost certainly an automatic promotion position, and when Berg took charge with Rovers 5th in the table, it was always a strong possibility. I was always of the opinion that if Berg could keep Rovers in a top 8 position until January, then that would be an acceptable start which could be built upon, with the arrival of his own players.
With the club currently sitting in 15th in the table, 7 points off the play off positions, Henning Berg`s start has been far from acceptable, and Shebby, along with the owners, has a big decision to make. It is highly unlikely that under Berg, there will be a sudden change of fortunes, and Rovers suddenly go from below average to fantastic, and go on a long unbeaten run which is needed to keep our promotion hopes alive. With this in mind, in my opinion the owners have two opinions:
1) Keep Berg and accept that this season Rovers will not get promoted, but let the manager build during the summer, and hope for a more successful campaign next year. I still believe Berg may be able to make a good manager of himself, but will need time; something which seems to be in short supply.
One major question over this option is what happens if Berg turns out not to be good enough? We then have to replace him again next year to try and get back up to the Premier League after two seasons down in the Championship.
The second option is slightly more drastic, but would potentially hold a better outcome for this season.
2) Get rid of Berg now, and bring in someone experienced, who can strip things back to basics, and start building on the fitness, work rate and defence. Some would say this option is a bit over the top, but if we go any longer without winning, promotion will be out of the question regardless of who the manager is.
Berg is turning out to be a big gamble, and one which could cost us dearly should we decide to take it. When the old regime were faced with this problem - continue with Ince and give him January, or replace him with experience, they made the right call and went for Big Sam. I can`t help but feel that is the best option this time round as well.
Don`t get me wrong, I said from day one that I would give Berg time, but even as quite a cynical Rovers fan, I didn`t quite expect a start as bad as this.
So Shebby, if you are reading this, unfortunately my choice is number 2. I am not too opposed to another season in the Championship, but with the turbulent last two years in mind, I think a swift return to the Premier League is best to win the fans back.
(please note this blog is an opinion only, and may not be the views held by all members of this website)