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Eric Black (born 1 October 1963 in Bellshill, Lanarkshire) is a Scottish professional football player and coach. Black played as a striker for Aberdeen and Metz, and earned two international caps for the Scotland national team. He was forced to retire from playing at a relatively early age and became a coach, working as a manager at Motherwell and Coventry City.

Eric Black
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-10-01) 1 October 1963 (age 55)
Place of birth Bellshill, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1986 Aberdeen 180 (70)
1986–1991 Metz 85 (26)
Total 265 (96)
National team
1982–1985 Scotland U21[1] 8 (2)
1987 Scotland 2 (0)
Teams managed
2001–2002 Motherwell
2003–2004 Coventry City
2007 Birmingham City (caretaker)
2011 Sunderland (caretaker)
2012 Blackburn Rovers (caretaker)
2015 Rotherham United (caretaker)
2016 Aston Villa (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Playing careerEdit

Black was involved in possibly the best era ever for Aberdeen who, under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson, won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1983 with a 2–1 win over Real Madrid in which the then 19-year-old Black scored the first goal.[2] Black's main asset was his balletic heading ability and scoring goals.[citation needed] In February 1983, Black scored a hat-trick in a 3–1 win against Celtic.[3] He made 180 league appearances (30 as substitute) and scored 70 goals for Aberdeen between 1981 and 1986.[citation needed]

That same year, Black joined Metz in France.[4] After five seasons (1986–1991) with Metz, during which he won the 1988 French Cup and had two children, Black was forced to retire prematurely from the game due to a chronic back problem.[5] Alex Ferguson later admitted that injury problems suffered by Black and other young players he had managed at Aberdeen were due to them playing an excessive number of games at a young age.[5] In all, Black made 85 appearances for Metz, scoring 26 goals.[citation needed]

Coaching careerEdit

Black was a coach and assistant manager at Celtic, leaving the club when head coach John Barnes was sacked in February 2000.[6] Black was appointed manager of Motherwell in October 2001.[7] He was appointed Coventry City manager in January 2004, following the resignation of Gary McAllister.[8] Black was sacked by Coventry for "being inconsistent", despite a 5–2 win against Gillingham.[citation needed] This angered many fans who believed that Black had brought an attractive and highly effective style of football back to the club and was merely being moved on for a bigger name (he was succeeded by Peter Reid, who proved to be a major disappointment).[citation needed]

Black joined Birmingham City in July 2004 as assistant manager to Steve Bruce.[9] He managed one game as caretaker manager, after Bruce joined Wigan Athletic, before leaving St Andrew's in November 2007.[10][11] He was assistant manager to Bruce at Sunderland from June 2009 and was appointed caretaker manager following the departure of Bruce.[12] In his only game in charge, Sunderland were beaten 2–1 by Wolverhampton Wanderers.[13] Black left Sunderland on 6 December 2011.[14]

Black was appointed assistant manager to Steve Kean at Blackburn Rovers in January 2012.[15] He was caretaker manager at Blackburn after the departure of Kean.[16]

Black was an advisor at Blackpool to caretaker manager Barry Ferguson in 2014.[17] Black was appointed as a coach at Wigan in July 2014.[17]

In July 2015, Black was named as first team coach of Championship side Rotherham United.[18] Black was appointed caretaker manager of Rotherham in September 2015, after manager Steve Evans left the club.[19] Black left Rotherham in January 2016 and was then appointed first team coach at Aston Villa.[20] He was appointed Villa manager on a temporary basis after Rémi Garde left by mutual consent in March 2016.[21] Black left Villa in June 2016 following the appointment of Roberto Di Matteo.[22]

Black joined Southampton on 30 June 2016, as assistant manager to Claude Puel.[23] On 29 September, the Daily Telegraph alleged that Black had offered advice to a third-party player ownership consortium on how to bribe lower league clubs.[24] An investigation by Southampton FC cleared Black of any wrongdoing, as the newspaper refused to provide any evidence to substantiate their allegation.[25] He resigned in December 2017 due to personal reasons, with the club citing ongoing back problems due to injuries sustained during his playing career.[26]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 2 June 2016
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Motherwell 16 October 2001 24 April 2002 27 7 4 16 025.9 [27]
Coventry City 11 December 2003 3 May 2004 26 12 4 10 046.2 [27]
Birmingham City (caretaker) 23 November 2007 27 November 2007 1 0 0 1 000.0 [10][11][27]
Sunderland (caretaker) 30 November 2011 5 December 2011 1 0 0 1 000.0 [12][27][28]
Blackburn Rovers (caretaker) 28 September 2012 31 October 2012 6 2 3 1 033.3 [27][29]
Rotherham United (caretaker) 28 September 2015 9 October 2015 1 0 0 1 000.0 [27][30]
Aston Villa (caretaker) 29 March 2016 2 June 2016 7 0 1 6 000.0 [21][27]
Total 69 21 12 36 030.4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Eric Black". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  2. ^ Brocklehurst, Steven (9 May 2013). "Fergie's greatest triumph? - How Aberdeen conquered European football". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Aberdeen v Celtic: the history". www.afc.co.uk. Aberdeen FC. 30 January 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  4. ^ Reporter. "Dons legend Eric Black resigns from Southampton over back issues". Evening Express. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  5. ^ a b Michael Crick (2003). The Boss: The Many Sides of Alex Ferguson. Simon and Schuster. p. 224.
  6. ^ "Barnes forced out". BBC News. BBC. 10 February 2000. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Motherwell go for Black". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 October 2001. Retrieved 24 November 2007.
  8. ^ "Black named Coventry boss". BBC Sport. 15 January 2004. Retrieved 24 November 2007.
  9. ^ "Black moves to Blues". BBC Sport. 7 July 2004. Retrieved 24 November 2007.
  10. ^ a b "Bruce confirmed as Wigan manager". BBC Sport. 23 November 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Birmingham lose caretaker Black". BBC Sport. 27 November 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Sunderland sack Steve Bruce as manager". BBC Sport. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Sunderland lose to Wolves". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
  14. ^ "Black leaves Sunderland". 6 December 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  15. ^ "Eric Black to join Blackburn Rovers as Steve Kean's new assistant". BBC Sport. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  16. ^ "Blackburn Rovers: Eric Black focused on first-team matters". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Wigan Athletic: Eric Black returns as first team coach". BBC Sport. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  18. ^ "Eric Black: Rotherham United appoint First Team Coach". BBC Sport. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  19. ^ McCartney, Aidan (28 September 2015). "Former Coventry City boss Eric Black takes temporary charge at Rotherham United". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  20. ^ "Aston Villa: Eric Black named as first-team coach". BBC Sport. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  21. ^ a b "Remi Garde: Aston Villa manager leaves after 147 days in charge". BBC Sport. 29 March 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  22. ^ "Eric Black: Aston Villa's former caretaker boss leaves club". BBC Sport. BBC. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  23. ^ "Claude Puel: Southampton appoint Frenchman as manager on three-year deal". BBC Sport. BBC. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  24. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/29/how-southamptons-eric-black-advised-businessmen-how-to-bribe-low/
  25. ^ "Southampton clear assistant manager Eric Black of wrongdoing following internal investigation". Southern Daily Echo. 1 December 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  26. ^ "Southampton first team coach Eric Black resigns due to personal reasons". Sky Sports. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  27. ^ a b c d e f g "Managers: Eric Black". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  28. ^ "Martin O'Neill named Sunderland manager". BBC Sport. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  29. ^ "Blackburn Rovers: Henning Berg appointed manager at Ewood Park". BBC Sport. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  30. ^ "Steve Evans: Rotherham United part company with manager". BBC Sport. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2016.

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