So Henning Berg, another bald bloke who doesn’t have a fantastic management CV, is the man to replace Steve Kean at Blackburn Rovers.
The Norwegian hit an iceberg (sorry) in his first match in charge, as new Crystal Palace gaffer Ian Holloway, another bald bloke, watched from the stands as his troops ran out 2-0 winners at Selhurst Park.
Blackburn made a bit of progress in midweek, drawing 2-2 at Huddersfield, with Jordan Rhodes getting his customary goal on a ground where he used to score for fun as a Terriers player prior to his £8 million move to Blackburn in August.
That should have been enough to secure three points for Rovers, but a 95th-minute equaliser by Lee Novak scuppered that plan.
Blackburn now welcome Birmingham City and are priced as even-money favourites for the win, with the draw at 9/4 and a Blues triumph available at 27/10.
Rovers have been solid, if unspectacular, at Ewood Park so far this season, winning five and losing two of their seven outings. In fairness, the two defeats came against strong away outfits in Middlesbrough and Wolves, but all their home wins have come by the solitary goal – three 1-0 victories and two 2-1 successes.
Birmingham, who famously won the Carling Cup and got relegated from the Premier League in the same season, are a model of inconsistency.
A routine 2-0 home win against Bristol City in midweek followed a 1-0 defeat by rock-bottom Ipswich at St Andrew’s, which in turn followed a fantastic 1-0 win over Leeds at Elland Road. Make any sense of that? No, I can’t either.
Blues’ away record also has a definite appearance of consistent inconsistency, if you will. Their last six matches on the road in the Championship read: LDWLDW. So they will lose this one, right? Easy. Let’s all back Blackburn and go home.
But having said that, Birmingham have scored in their last five away league matches, so you have to fancy them to bag a goal or two at Ewood.
Both teams to score is a 3/4 shot and the 1-1 scoreline is at 5/1, but as we have seen, Blackburn tend to win by one goal at home and Birmingham are down to lose this one in their sequence, despite scoring.
That theory leads us directly to a 2-1 victory for Blackburn, which is available at 29/4, and I certainly wouldn’t put you off having a few quid on this outcome, especially as a similar strategy I adopted in midweek paid off in Hull’s victory over Wolves.
However, for our main punt on the match, it would be rude not to turn our attention to a player I like to call ‘The Cashpoint’.
Yes, it’s obviously the boy Rhodes, who could have made a poor man rich with his goals for Huddersfield last season and that trend is continuing so far this term.
He has now scored three in his last five matches for Rovers, netting the first goal of the match in two of those appearances, and the 9/2 about him scoring first on Saturday isn’t to be ignored.
Punters registering with bwin can claim a free £20 bet and placing this on the Scotland international to break the deadlock would potentially return a cool £110.
And if he succeeds, perhaps then you will start using that nickname too…