Eric Black set to be unveiled as Aston Villa assistant manager

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Former Motherwell boss Eric Black is set to be unveiled as Remi Garde’s assistant manager at Aston Villa after his departure from Rotherham was confirmed.

Frenchman Garde has been without a number two since being appointed in November but he has pinpointed Black, who spent five years with French side Metz during his playing career, as the man that can help him preserve Villa’s Premier League status.

(Pic: themillers.co.uk)
Black picked up two Scotland caps during his playing days (Pic: themillers.co.uk)

Scotsman Black is well respected within the game having held coaching and assistant manager positions at Celtic, Birmingham City, Sunderland, Wigan, Blackburn, Blackpool and Rotherham, where he assisted manager Neil Redfearn.

The 52-year-old former Aberdeen striker said: “I have really enjoyed working at Rotherham United and I have met and worked with some terrific individuals.

“I didn’t know Neil before he arrived but he was brilliant to me from day one.

“He is an exceptional coach, one of the best I have worked with, and with the support of the chairman and everyone else I am sure he will take the club forward.”

Millers boss Redfearn said: “Eric has had an opportunity that he felt he couldn’t turn down and we fully appreciated that, so he goes with everyone’s best wishes.

“Eric really bought into what I wanted to do here and was very popular with the players and staff.”

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