Henning Berg is set to be unveiled as the new manager of Blackburn Rovers tomorrow morning.
The Norwegian’s decision to return to his former club to take over the lead role in the Ewood Park pantomime might seem a little crazy to some. Indeed, just a few months ago it seemed that way to Berg.
In May, he said: “To take over as a manager in a club with owners like that is madness. There are no real managers with credibility who would accept a job like that. You might end up shooting yourself in the foot.”
Expect the ex-Manchester United man to be asked to explain that one at tomorrow’s press conference. Perhaps Berg thinks that you can’t have any credibility as a ‘real manager’ if you’ve been out of work since last year and therefore his previous assertion doesn’t apply to him.
If you’re wondering why he was the obvious candidate for the role, check out the video above. During his time at Lillestrøm his players and staff were involved in a prank that entailed a fake leg-breaking tackle and a fight between two players. The team doctor diagnoses a broken leg and a broken nose, before the hidden TV cameras are revealed.
Berg, wearing the baseball cap, gets such very important practice at being the only one who’s not in on the joke. Should be useful at Rovers.