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Former defender Henning Berg takes over as Blackburn Rovers manager

Henning for glory? Blackburn Rovers' new manager Henning Berg back on the pitch at Ewood Park. Photo: Picture: ITV Granada

Blackburn have officially unveiled their new manager - their former defender Henning Berg.

And one of the first statements he made as the new man in charge at Ewood Park was to Granada's sports reporter Daniel Hewitt, retracting apparent criticism he had made of the club.

Berg had earlier been reported as saying 'no manager with credibility would take this job,' when his name had been linked with the manager's post.

But Berg told Dan today that he had since been reassured by Rovers' owners Venkys and described his previous remarks as 'a view from outside.'

Back in Blackburn: Henning Berg Credit: Press Association

He said at a press conference this morning that Rovers had 'a good chance' to get back into the Premier League.

Berg won the Premier League title as a player with Rovers in 1995 and the 43-year-old has succeeded Steve Kean, who resigned to end a troubled spell as manager of the npower Championship side a month ago.

Berg, who made 297 appearances across two spells as a player with Rovers, will take on his first coaching assignment in English football following spells leading Lyn Oslo and Lillestrom in his native Norway.

The 43-year-old's appointment concludes Blackburn's protracted search for a successor to Kean after he left the club last month.

Blackburn lie fifth in the Championship having been led by caretaker boss Eric Black for the past six matches.

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