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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 January, 2004, 15:13 GMT
Black named Coventry boss
Eric Black
Eric Black has been appointed manager of Coventry following the resignation of Gary McAllister.

McAllister stepped down from his role in order to be with his wife Denise while she undergoes treatment for an illness.

And Black, who had begun the season as McAllister's assistant, was given the job permanently on Thursday.

"We have no doubt Eric has all the right credentials to be an excellent manager," said chairman Mike McGinnity.

Black had already taken over the reins on a temporary basis six games ago when his fellow Scotsman was granted compassionate leave.

But in the wake of McAllister's formal resignation on Monday, 42-year-old Black has been handed charge on a permanent basis until the end of the 2004-05 season.

Black has already made his first signing for the club, with Eric Deloumeaux arriving on a free transfer from Aberdeen.

The 30-year-old Frenchman, who can play in central defence or midfield, was signed by Black during his time in charge of Motherwell.

My task is to take the club forward
Eric Black

McGinnity told the club's official website: "Although we had a number of applications for the post, it was clear from day one Eric was our first and only choice and we're delighted he has accepted our offer.

"He is a top coach and a thoroughly professional individual, who has already helped to achieve a tremendous amount here. We look forward to continuing our work with him."

McGinnity also confirmed McAllister would not play any more for the club.

"Gary clearly stated to me he would not be playing again and you have to remember he was 39 on Christmas Day," said McGinnity.

"That's a massive loss to Coventry City Football Club and it's also a massive loss to football as a whole."

Black was also quick to praise McAllister after being given his new managerial post.

"Coming down here and working alongside Gary for these past 18 months or so has given me a good grounding and now my task is to take the club forward," said Black.

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