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Last Updated: Friday, 17 November 2006, 14:02 GMT
Black appointed new Airdrie boss
Kenny Black
Kenny Black made more than 200 appearances for Airdrieonians
Scottish First Division side Airdrie United have unveiled Kenny Black as their new manager.

The Lanarkshire club have been searching for a replacement for Sandy Stewart, who was sacked on 13 November due to "a need for change".

Black enjoyed a long playing career with Airdrie United and Airdrieonians, as well as spending spells at Hearts and Raith Rovers.

He was Stewart's assistant before becoming a coach at Leicester in 2004.

The 40-year-old Black is set to take charge at the club following Saturday's home match with St Johnstone and he is looking forward to the task.

I am confident that I can turn their fortunes around.
New Airdrie United manager Kenny Black

"I was quite surprised to get the phone call from Jim Ballantyne asking me if I would like to be on the shortlist," he told BBC Scotland's Sportsound.

"The team can only improve and I am confident that I can turn their fortunes around.

"I spoke to Sandy every Friday and it seems they have not been carrying a lot of luck.

"They beat Gretna 2-0 at Gretna, which shows what they are capable of.

"I had to give it careful consideration because I was based in England and I am also an ex-team-mate of Sandy's and he's a very good friend."

Airdrie chairman Ballantyne believes that Black is the correct appointment.

"We drew up a list of people, their attributes and what they could bring to the club and, on the shortlist, Kenny's name kept moving up," he said.

Jim Ballantyne
Ballantyne is delighted to have Kenny Black on board.

"The fact Kenny played for the club was more of a bonus than a requirement.

"His coaching skills are fantastic and he has already coached with the club before, so we had first-hand experience of what he has to offer."

Black was taken to Leicester by Craig Levein and Ballantyne feels that his experience in England will hold him in good stead in his new role.

"Kenny's time at Leicester should have made him a more accomplished coach now than he was when he was assistant here," he said.

"We genuinely feel that he's the right man at this time, but obviously it's a big job. We are at the bottom of the league for a reason.

"With Kenny at the helm, we are going to have a very good chance of turning things around."

Ballantyne also believes that the appointment has gone down well with the supporters.

"Kenny has an awful lot of respect here," he added.

"Airdrie people like a lot of hard work and honesty and Kenny brings that in abundance."

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