Eric Black

Eric Black
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-10-01) 1 October 1963 (age 53)
Place of birth Bellshill, Scotland
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current team
Southampton (assistant manager)
Senior career*
National team
1982-1985 Scotland U218(2)
Teams managed
2003-2004Coventry City
2007 Birmingham City (caretaker)
2011 Sunderland (caretaker)
2012 Blackburn Rovers (caretaker)
2015 Rotherham United (caretaker)
2016 Aston Villa (caretaker)
2016- Southampton (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Eric Dark (given birth to 1 Oct 1963 in Bellshill, Lanarkshire) is definitely a Scottish professional previous footballer who played like a striker for Aberdeen and Metz. Dark earned two worldwide caps for the Scotland nationwide team. He’s currently operating as the older first team trainer at Southampton F.C.

Playing career

Dark was involved with possibly the finest period ever for Aberdeen who also, under the administration of Sir Alex Ferguson, won the Western Cup Winners' Glass in 1983 having a 2–1 make an impression on Real Madrid where the then 19-year-old Dark scored the initial goal. Black's primary asset was his balletic going ability and rating goals. In Feb 1983, Dark obtained a hat-trick inside a 3–1 earn against Celtic. He produced 180 league looks (30 as alternative) and obtained 70 goals for Aberdeen between 1981 and 1986.That same year, Black joined up with Metz in France. After five months (1986–1991) with Metz, where he received the 1988 French Glass and experienced two children, Dark was pressured to retire prematurely from the overall game because of a chronic back again issue. Alex Ferguson later on admitted that damage problems experienced by Dark and other youthful players he previously handled at Aberdeen had been because of them playing an extreme number of video games at a age. In every, Black produced 85 looks for Metz, rating 26 goals.

Coaching career

Dark was a trainer and assistant supervisor in Celtic, leaving the golf club when head trainer John Barnes was sacked in Feb 2000. Dark was appointed supervisor of Motherwell in Oct 2001. He was appointed Coventry Town supervisor in January 2004, following a resignation of Gary McAllister. Dark was sacked by Coventry for "becoming inconsistent", despite a 5–2 earn against Gillingham. This angered many enthusiasts who thought that Black got brought a good and impressive style of soccer back again to the golf club and was simply being shifted for a larger name (he was been successful by Peter Reid, who became a significant disappointment).Dark joined Birmingham Town in July 2004 mainly because assistant supervisor to Steve Bruce. He handled one video game as caretaker supervisor, after Bruce joined up with Wigan Athletic, before departing St Andrew's in November 2007. He was associate supervisor to Bruce at Sunderland from June 2009 and was appointed caretaker supervisor following a departure of Bruce. In his just game in control, Sunderland had been beaten 2–1 by Wolverhampton Wanderers. Dark remaining Sunderland on 6 Dec 2011.Dark was appointed associate supervisor to Steve Kean in Blackburn Rovers in January 2012. He was caretaker supervisor at Blackburn following the departure of Kean.Dark was an consultant in Blackpool to caretaker supervisor Barry Ferguson in 2014. Dark was appointed like a trainer at Wigan in July 2014.In July 2015, Dark was called as 1st team coach of Tournament side Rotherham United. Dark was appointed caretaker supervisor of Rotherham in Sept 2015, after supervisor Steve Evans remaining the club. Dark remaining Rotherham in January 2016 and was after that appointed first group trainer at Aston Villa. He was appointed Villa supervisor on a short-term basis after Rémi Garde remaining by shared consent in March 2016. Dark remaining Villa in June 2016 following a visit of Roberto Di Matteo.Black joined up with Southampton about 30 June 2016, while assistant supervisor to Claude Puel. On 29 Sept, the Daily Telegraph alleged that Dark had offered suggestions to a third-party participant ownership consortium on how best to bribe lower little league clubs. A study by Southampton FC cleared Dark of any wrongdoing, as the newspapers refused to supply any proof to substantiate their allegation.

Managerial statistics

By 2 June 2016 Managerial record by group and tenure Group From To Record Ref P W D L Gain % Motherwell 16 Oct 2001 24 Apr 2002 7001270000000000000