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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Tuesday, 16 October, 2001, 18:12 GMT 19:12 UK
Motherwell go for Black
Eric Black and Terry Butcher
Eric Black and Terry Butcher are the new 'Well team
Eric Black has been appointed the new manager of Motherwell following a selection process that took close to a month.

The appointment marks Black's first venture as boss. He was previously assistant to Josef Venglos at Celtic during the 1998-99 season and on the Parkhead coaching staff under John Barnes the following term.

The 38-year-old former Aberdeen and Metz striker emerged from a short list which included Airdrie manager Ian McCall and former Wolves manager Colin Lee.

Ex-England and Rangers defender Terry Butcher will be Black's assistant, with former Motherwell captain Chris McCart leaving his coaching role at Celtic to join the new-look backroom staff.

Butcher has had short-lived spells in charge at Sunderland and Coventry City and enjoyed a coaching role with Dundee United.

Black and Butcher have been business partners in a football scouting agency during the last year.


I have experienced a lot - and sometimes I think you experience more in adversity than success
Eric Black
Black hopes his time with Celtic will stand him in good stead as he attempts to drag Motherwell up the SPL table.

He said: "I look upon my Celtic experience as just that, a wealth of experience in a short space of time and I hope to bring that to Motherwell.

"At this moment in time Motherwell have offered me the opportunity to be my own man and I'm delighted to take that.

"Only time will tell if I can be a success here. I have experienced a lot - and sometimes I think you experience more in adversity than success - but I learned a lot from Josef Venglos and John Barnes and I hope to put that to work here.

Black and Butcher stride down the Fir Park tunnel
Black and Butcher stride down the Fir Park tunnel
Motherwell chief executive Pat Nevin insists he has found the right man to take the club forward.

He said: "Eric is known throughout the Scottish footballing fraternity and is someone who is admired.

"I admire him as a person and his knowledge of football in this country and throughout Europe is second to none.

"I spoke to him at some length and was very impressed by his thoughts on football."

Coaches John Philliben and Miodrag Krivokapic, who had been in charge of first team matters for the past four weeks, were among the candidates for the post but have been released by the club with compensation.

Philliben and Krivokapic had overseen an improvement in form with two league wins out of three and were unlucky to lose out to SPL leaders Celtic on Saturday.

Former boss Billy Davies was removed from his coaching duties on 18 September following a poor opening to the new season at Fir Park.

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