Eric Black

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Eric Black
Personal information
Full name Eric Black
Date of birth (1963-10-01) 1 October 1963 (age 50)
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)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Eric Black (born 1 October 1963 in Bellshill, Lanarkshire) is a Scottish former footballer. He played for Aberdeen and Metz as a striker and won two international caps for Scotland. He was caretaker manager at Birmingham City following the departure of Steve Bruce.[2] He was assistant manager to Bruce at Sunderland from June 2009 and was appointed caretaker manager for one game on 4 December 2011, again following the departure of Bruce. Black left Sunderland on 6 December 2011. He was most recently caretaker manager at Blackburn Rovers after the departure of Head Coach, Steve Kean.

Club career[edit]

He was involved in possibly the best era ever for Aberdeen who, under the management of 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. Black's main asset was his balletic heading ability and scoring goals. He joined George Hamilton and Billy Williamson, becoming the third Aberdeen player to score three or more goals in a single game against Celtic. He made 180 league appearances (30 as substitute) and scored 70 goals for Aberdeen between 1981 and 1986.

That same year, Black joined Metz in France. After five seasons (1986–91) 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. In all, he made 85 appearances, scoring 26 goals.

Managerial career[edit]

Since retiring as a player Black has coached and managed, most notably as assistant manager at Celtic and manager at Coventry City and Motherwell. He joined Motherwell in October 2001.[3] He was appointed Coventry manager in January 2004, following the resignation of Gary McAllister.[4] Black was sacked from Coventry for "being inconsistent", despite a 5–2 win against Gillingham. 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). Black joined Birmingham City in July 2004 as assistant manager to Steve Bruce.[5] He managed one game as caretaker manager, after Bruce joined Wigan Athletic, before leaving St Andrew's in November 2007.[6]

Black was appointed caretaker manager of Sunderland on 30 November 2011, following the departure of Bruce.[7] In his only game in charge, Sunderland were beaten 2–1 by Wolverhampton Wanderers.[8] He left Sunderland on 6 December 2011,[9] but quickly found a new job as he was named assistant manager to Steve Kean at Blackburn Rovers in January 2012.[10]

Manager[edit]

As of 27 October 2012.[11]
Team Nat From To
G W D L Win %
Motherwell Scotland 16 October 2001 24 April 2002 27 7 4 16 25.93
Coventry City England 11 December 2003 3 May 2004 26 12 4 10 46.15
Birmingham City (caretaker) England 19 November 2007 28 November 2007 1 0 0 1 00.00
Sunderland (caretaker) England 1 December 2011 4 December 2011 1 0 0 1 00.00
Blackburn Rovers (caretaker) England 28 September 2012 31 October 2012 6 2 3 1 33.33
Total 61 21 11 29 34.43

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eric Black". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Blues trio sad at Bruce's exit". Sky Sports. 19 November 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2007. 
  3. ^ "Motherwell go for Black". BBC Sport. 16 October 2001. Retrieved 24 November 2007. 
  4. ^ "Black named Coventry boss". BBC Sport. 15 January 2004. Retrieved 24 November 2007. 
  5. ^ "Black moves to Blues". BBC Sport. 7 July 2004. Retrieved 24 November 2007. 
  6. ^ "Caretaker boss Black quits Blues". BBC Sport. 27 November 2004. Retrieved 27 November 2007. 
  7. ^ "Bruce sacked by Sunderland". BBC Sport. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Sunderland lose to Wolves". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Black leaves Sunderland". 6 December 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Eric Black to join Blackburn Rovers as Steve Kean's new assistant". BBC Sport. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Eric Black's managerial career". Racing Post. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 

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