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Blackburn sack Berg after 57 days

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Blackburn Rovers sacked Henning Berg on Thursday after only 57 days and 10 games in charge, becoming the second manager to depart a foreign-owned English Championship (second division) club in the space of a few hours.

The Norwegian was axed by Blackburn's Indian owners after a 1-0 defeat at Middlesbrough on Wednesday, their fifth loss in six games which left the club languishing in 17th place. Under Berg, Blackburn won just once.

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FILE - DECEMBER 27: Blackburn Rovers have sacked Norwegian Manager Henning Berg after 11 matches in charge and only one victory. BURNLEY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Blackburn Rovers manager Henning Berg shows his dejection as he applauds his fans at the final whistle after the npower Championship match between Burnley and Blackburn Rovers at Turf Moor on December 2, 2012 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Berg's dismissal follows hot on the heels of Sean O'Driscoll's departure from Nottingham Forest with the Kuwaiti-owned former European champions sacking the Irishman late on Wednesday, hours after they had beaten Leeds United 4-2 at home.

Berg, who won the Premier League as a Blackburn player in 1995, was appointed on Oct. 31 after the resignation of predecessor Steve Kean at the end of September following relegation from the top flight and months of angry protests from fans.

Supporters have long been venting their frustration at owners Venky's although the team topped the second tier before Kean's exit.

Blackburn said on their website (www.rovers.co.uk) that 43-year-old Berg, assistant Eric Black, first-team coach Iain Brunskill and goalkeeping coach Bobby Mimms had all been fired.

“This decision has been taken following a very disappointing sequence of results,” the statement read.

Venky's director Balaji Rao told the Times of India newspaper: “We have not been doing well and dropping points and losing matches quite often. I want to go up.”

O'Driscoll was sacked by Nottingham Forest despite the club sitting in eighth place, one point away from the top six.

“We are looking to bring in an ambitious manager with Premier League experience,” said chairman Fawaz al-Hasawi, adding that Forest's lack of consistency under O'Driscoll was a major factor in the decision.

Eighth-placed Forest have not won more than two games in succession since O'Driscoll was hired in July. – Reuters

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