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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 July, 2004, 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK
Black moves to Blues
Birmingham's new first-team coach Eric Black
Birmingham's new first-team coach Eric Black
Birmingham boss Steve Bruce has made former Coventry manager Eric Black his new first-team coach.

The ex-Motherwell boss, 40, takes over from Mark Bowen, who left St Andrews after a row over a new contract.

"Steve didn't have to sell me the role - with the size of the club and the quality of players I was very keen to accept," said Black.

"What he's done in leading the club to 10th place is phenomenal and I'm desperate to be part of it."

He added: "Steve hasn't achieved what he has by luck, it's by being a good manager and I'm delighted to try to learn more."

Black said he would be drawing on all the experience he has accrued in his career in football, including the lessons learned by playing under Sir Alex Ferguson at Aberdeen.

He is an excellent young coach with a fantastic track record for his age
Birmingham boss Steve Bruce
"I've worked with some excellent managers and I think everybody gives you something," he said.

"You'd be foolish if you didn't take something from whoever you work under.

"I'm going to be working hard on the training field and my primary role is to make sure the players are happy and that they are fully prepared for games and that they're learning from it."

Bruce was impressed with Black's credentials after selecting him from several applicants.

"Out of all the potential candidates I saw, Eric was outstanding," said Bruce.

"He is an excellent young coach with a fantastic track record for his age.

"His playing career ended early and as a result he has been a coach for a long time and gained a lot of experience."

"He has bags of enthusiasm and is regarded by many in the game as one of the best young coaches around and I am looking forward to working with him."

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