Jan Molby

Sad to see great clubs run like this

Jan Molby

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The sackings of Henning Berg and Sean O'Driscoll show the pitfalls of foreign ownership in the Championship.

Both managers were axed after a few months without having a chance to make an impact with Blackburn and Nottingham Forest.

It's a case of unrealistic expectations from foreign owners who expect their teams to breeze to promotion. That certainly seems to be the case with Venky's and the Al Hasawi family.

But we know the Championship doesn't work like that. It's a jungle. There are a lot of good sides and plenty of different styles.

Blackburn and Forest might feel like they belong in the top flight,  and the likes of Leeds, Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace and Wolves probably feel the same.

Most of the teams in the Championship have enjoyed success in the top flight at some point, and want to aim for promotion - but most of them will end the season disappointed.

It is a long time since Forest were in the Premier League, and it's not like they have a squad that strikes fear into opponents.

It's a team that you'd expect to find in contention for the play-off places, and that was exactly where O'Driscoll had them. They had overcome some early-season injuries to their forward players and are on a good run.

I can only imagine they were offered a manager - and it looks like Alex McLeish is that man. He has plenty of experience and a good track record, but his teams don't exactly play the sort of football to get the fans off their seats.

Playing functional football is fine when things are going well, but if the results start to tail off fans can turn very quickly.

Whoever they go for, they won't be given much time to turn things around and it's a shame to see a team like Forest behave like this.

They used to be a club in the Liverpool mould, who rarely changed their manager. Brian Clough was Forest's 15th manager in 100 years - since his departure in 1993 they have gone through 18 of them.

As for Berg, I have to say I thought it was a strange move for Blackburn to appoint him in the first place. It seemed Venky's were hell-bent on appointing a former player who was popular with the fans.

But there was nothing to ever suggest that Berg would be a good manager for them.

He struggled in his native Norway with Lynn and Lillestrom, and was thrown into a very difficult situation at Blackburn.

But, having made the decision to appoint him after much deliberation, you have to give him more than 57 days.

A new manager will have his own ideas about what style to play and which players to use, so to axe him after 10 games makes no sense.

It reminds me of when Tranmere appointed John Barnes and gave him the task of changing the playing style - but they sacked him before his ideas could take hold.

Of course these Christmas sackings have been made with an eye on the transfer window - they want to get the new man in place to bring in players in January.

However, you can buy yourself problems if you make too many changes to your squad in mid-season.

But that's the modern game - there's no such thing as continuity any more. If the new Forest and Blackburn managers don't bring players in next month, they probably won't be there when the transfer window opens in the summer.

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