Blackburn Rovers appoint Henning Berg as manager

The 43-year-old former Ewood Park defender will take over the role vacated by Steve Kean and aim to lead the fifth-placed Championship side back into the Premier League

Blackburn Rovers have confirmed they have appointed Henning Berg as their new manager.

Club owners Venky's have chosen the former Rovers star as the man to lead Blackburn back into the Premier League at the first attempt, after predecessor Steve Kean lost 50 per cent of his 74 games in charge over a 21-month period.

The ex-Norway international enjoyed two spells as a player at the Lancashire club, making over 200 appearances for the side between 1993-1997 and 2000-2003.

A statement on the club's website read: "Blackburn Rovers can confirm that Henning Berg has accepted the role of manager. Henning, a former player over two spells at the club, is set to be unveiled to the media in the morning."

Kean was the target of continuous fan protests throughout his tenure and, despite a strong start to the 2012-13 campaign with Rovers third in the Championship, the Scot opted to leave after branding his position at the club "untenable."

Blackburn sit fifth in the table with 23 points after 13 games, only two short of an automatic promotion spot, and five points off the pace set by league leaders Cardiff.

Berg was sacked from his last managerial role at Norwegian side Lillestrom in October 2011 after gaining just one point in eight games.