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Black: Here To Support Barry

21 March 2014

Eric Black speaks about his new role at Blackpool

With three games now under his belt, Eric Black, in his new advisory role, has quickly become part of the furniture at Bloomfield Road.

Black has watched Blackpool’s games against Bournemouth, Millwall and Leicester from the stands, and has assisted Barry Ferguson in any way possible.

Despite it being something new to the Scot, Black has enjoyed his new role so far and is happy to be back involved in a football club.

“It’s nice to get a different perspective from the stands, and report back to Barry things I see. It is a different role for me, but is still linked to what I’m used to,” said Black.

“Unfortunately at times you have to be down there to try and impact on the team, but it is beneficial to try and get a view from somewhere else. 

 “I’d watched several other Championship games, so I knew roughly what the league is all about.

“I saw the games here (Bournemouth and Millwall), and then at Leicester, so it’s three games now. Obviously you form an opinion, which is all Barry has asked me to do, to give a clear opinion of what I see.”

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash with Huddersfield, Black also held special praise for Ferguson, a man who he knew from earlier on in his career. 

The pair worked together when Ferguson was part of the Scottish under 21s, and Black was more than happy to link up again.

“I thought it was a great opportunity to come and hopefully give some kind of advice, like Bob and Malky, we’re really here just as a support.

“He is a young manager who is desperate to do well. I’ve been very impressed with what he wants to do here, his vision already for a young manager; it’s clear in his head. 

“This hasn’t just come overnight, he has been preparing this in his head for a long time, and he’s been given a wonderful opportunity here, which I know he appreciates fully. His standards are extremely high, and I think he has the makings of a really good manager. 

“The players will fully understand what is required on them, and it’s about getting over the line, accumulating enough points to keep us in this division.”


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