A Forest fan on the radio expressed the hope that Roy Keane’s presence at the 4-2 defeat of Leeds did not mean he was about to be named manager. More rang in to register disgust at the treatment of Sean O’Driscoll. Meanwhile, Henning Berg’s reign at Ewood Park also ends, in his case after fiftysomething days. Jeremy Robson is aghast at a creeping tendency within football …
“For reasons that I cannot discuss on legal advice, it is with deep regret, given my hard work and service for the club for a number of years, that I have been forced to resign as manager of Blackburn Rovers Football Club with immediate effect, due to my position as team manager becoming untenable. I wish to thank all the players and coaching staff for their great support and the majority of the fans, who now see their club heading towards an automatic promotion position back to the Premiership. I wish the club all the very best for the future.”
These were the words of Steve Kean when he resigned as Rovers manager back in September.
His successor Henning Berg has today been sacked despite the fact that he was only appointed to the job on October 31. Berg’s downfall came just one day after Nottingham Forest’s chairman, Fawaz Al Hasawi, sacked Sean O’Driscoll who had been in charge since as long ago as July 19.
Berg’s “accomplishments” at Ewood Park do not compare well with O’Driscoll’s with Blackburn lying in 17th place in the Championship table.
But Forest lie a point away from the play off places and had just thumped Leeds 4-2 to give them their first win on Boxing Day for six years.
According to the BBC’s Colin Fray, one of the other owners, Abdulaziz Al Hasawi, appeared at the City Ground for the first time yesterday, and was suggesting that the decision to sack the manager had already been taken.
Imagine being embarrassed by your team winning 4-2. We can only assume (and hope – ed) that Forest’s owners feel some sense of embarrassment. It’s a difficult notion to grasp that one in the face of uncompromising evidence for the absence of common sense.
These two seemingly unconnected events almost make Roberto Di Matteo’s dismissal at Chelsea seem reasonable as one ridiculous decision by a foreign owner is trumped by something even more outlandish almost immediately.
There is no control that I am aware of to prevent part of our heritage being taken over by wealthy individuals and corporations from overseas, some of whom seem ready to treat their employees in such an undignified fashion.
In stark contrast to the likes of Randy Lerner, or Ellis Short there’s a bus load of barrow boys prepared to make a mockery of responsibilities of ownership. I’m now firmly expecting to see some manager in the top two divisions dismissed in the half time interval, and the news being announced to the crowd over the tannoy system.
See also: Monsieur Salut talks all things Sunderland at ESPN FC:http://soccernet.espn.go.com/blog/_/name/sunderland?cc=5739