By Ayush Srivastava & Rahul Bali
In an exclusive interview with Goal.com, Venky’s Managing Director, Balaji Rao has revealed that the club are set to announce its next manager on Saturday, after the away game against Barnsley.
“Yes, we have decided on the new coach and we shall announce his appointment tomorrow, after the game (against Barnsley),” revealed Rao.
Having followed a rigorously long process before appointing Henning Berg, they sacked the Norwegian after just 57 days at the helm, with the club managing just 1 win in 10 games under his management.
Expressing his disappointment at the unimpressive results under Berg, Rao felt it was the correct time to relieve him of his duties, as the club look to bounce back into the Premier League. He stated, “Obviously I was disappointed (with the results), and that is why I sacked him. I think we can still make it back into the Premier League and that is why we are changing the manager.”
He went on to rubbish claims that Roberto Di Matteo could be the next manager of the club, after the Italian and former Blackburn manager Mark Hughes were installed as favourites to takeover at the Lancashire-based side. He did hint though, that Berg’s successor shall be an established name with plenty of Premier League management experience.
The Venky’s Managing Director said, “No, our new manager is not Di Matteo. However the new coach does have previous Premier League experience.”
He however refused to accept that it was perhaps a mistake to appoint managers with limited experience after sacking Sam Allardyce and that is what led to the choice of a more experienced person this time round.
“No, it is nothing like that. I just want points on the board, and I don’t care if it is an experienced or an inexperienced person who gets it," Rao commented.
With the fans furious at some of the decisions taken by the owners, as well as at the present position of the side, the Rovers co-owner took the opportunity to express his commitment to the club and urged them to back the side.
“We are in this for the long haul and we love the fans. They should also just support the team,” he concluded.
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