Michael Appleton appointed new manager of Blackburn Rovers
Berg was sacked just 57 days into his tenure on December 26 after a string of poor performances. There were rumours that former Aston Villa coach Kevin Mac Donald would fill in his shoes.
B Venkatesh Rao, Joint MD of VH Group that owns the club, had said during an event, “We will do away with the positions of manager and assistant manager and will only hire a coach and an assistant coach for the remaining season. More than the revenue losses, it was the fame of the club that was at stake and we had to take steps.”
However in sharp contrast to Rao’s earlier statement, an official release from the club on Saturday said that 37-year-old Michael Appleton has taken over as the club’s new manager and will be joined at Ewood Park by assistant Ashley Westwood.
“After a day of discussions with Blackpool FC, Rovers were granted permission to negotiate with highly-rated duo on Thursday. They arrived at Ewood on Friday morning, accompanied by their lawyer, before putting pen-to-paper on two-and-a-half-year deal,” said the release.
Rovers’ managing director Derek Shaw said, “They are both highly regarded in the game. We will do everything to support them in our quest to make an instant return to the Premier League.”