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Blackburn Rovers have today confirmed that Henning Berg has been removed from his position as manager. There had been speculation that his job had been under threat for several weeks and yesterday's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough seems to have sealed his fate.

Berg had only been in charge of the club for 57 days, but had seen the side slip from the play-off positions down to the bottom half of the table. Rovers are now 8 points off of the play-offs and 21 points behind the league leaders. Berg was at the helm for only 10 games, but in that time the club picked up only 6 points, with his solitary win coming against relegation-threatened Peterborough.

Rovers have also announced that they have dismissed assistant manager Eric Black, first team coach Iain Brunskill and goalkeeping coach Bobby Mimms with immediate effect. The clear-out means that the new manager will have the ability to bring in his own coaching staff, something that Berg did not do.

It will be a tough job for the new man in charge and it seems unlikely that Rovers will be able to gain promotion this season. They came into the year hoping to bounce back straight away and were considered promotion favourites by many, but the disastrous recent run means that that may now be beyond them.

Mark Hughes has been installed as the bookmakers favourite to replace Berg. The Welsh manager recently lost his job at QPR and is no stranger to Ewood Park, having enjoyed a successful spell as manager of the club from 2004 to 2008. He also finished his playing career at Rovers, where he was a part of the side that was promoted back to the Premier League.

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