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MacDonald favourite for Blackburn

Friday, 28 December 2012 - 3:28pm IST | Agency: Daily Telegraph
Kevin MacDonald has emerged as the leading contender to succeed Henning Berg, who was sacked on Boxing Day after only 57 days and 10 games, as Blackburn Rovers manager.

Kevin MacDonald has emerged as the leading contender to succeed Henning Berg, who was sacked on Boxing Day after only 57 days and 10 games, as Blackburn Rovers manager.

Blackburn would ideally like to replace Berg with another Norwegian, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but were turned down by him before their last appointment and fear the former Manchester United striker is still not prepared to leave his job with Molde.

MacDonald, who has been out of work since leaving the role of first team coach at Aston Villa last summer, is understood to have been interviewed by representatives of Blackburn's owners, Venky's.

The search for a new manager is being conducted by Shebby Singh, the former television presenter who is Blackburn's 'global adviser' on a reported salary of pounds 400,000 a year.

Singh approached MacDonald, who won two of seven games during a spell as caretaker manager at Villa, last month about becoming Berg's assistant. Now he appears to be the most likely candidate for the job, although there was speculation last night that Judan Ali, a Londoner of Asian heritage, could be involved in the new coaching set-up.

Mark Hughes, dismissed by Queens Park Rangers and a former Blackburn manager, has also been touted as a possible appointment.

One of the club's most iconic figures, Alan Shearer, would be interested in speaking to Singh about the role, although he was overlooked when Blackburn were looking for Kean's replacement.

Berg was a strange appointment given he had previously criticised the club's owners for the way they had run the outfit and even went as far as declaring no manager "with credibility would accept a job like that".

The Norwegian appeared to have found it difficult to relate to the players he inherited and even stormed out of the club's Christmas party after he was cajoled into dancing on stage with a stocking and Michael Jackson wig on his head.

"It goes without saying that I am bitterly disappointed to have been relieved of my managerial duties at Ewood Park after just 57 days since my appointment," Berg said.

Rovers fans have acknowledged the sacking of Berg was the correct decision, but accused the Venky family of turning the club into a "national joke".
 


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