Pool turn to Black magic

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Barry Ferguson has turned to Eric Black to help Blackpool climb back up the Championship table.

The former Coventry and Motherwell boss watched training yesterday and will be in the stands for tomorrow’s game against Bournemouth.

His appointment is the result of talks between Ferguson and Pool chairman Karl Oyston after the club extended their winless run to 17 games.

It was agreed Ferguson would bring in an experienced head to help out, and they’ve acted quickly with the appointment of Black.

“I have the man who I wanted,” said Ferguson.

“He brings loads of experience and unbelievable football knowledge.

“He’s worked in the Premier League, at Championship level and that’s what I wanted.

“He’s at a good age too, he’s not someone who’s retired and this sort of job will suit him down to a tee.

“He’s hungry to work with me, which I’m delighted with.”

The 50-year-old Scot has been out of work since leaving his assistant manager role at Blackburn in October 2012.

After a successful playing career Black moved into coaching, with a roles at Celtic before managing Motherwell and Coventry. He then moved to Sunderland as Steve Bruce’s number two before caretaker manager roles at Sunderland and Blackburn.

The exact role Black will take at Bloomfield Road is unsure, but Ferguson insists it won’t be a hands-on one.

He explained: “He won’t be on the bench or anything like that, he’ll be sat in the stand.

“If I see anything during games from the stands then he’ll be able to guide me.

“I don’t know the title, but he won’t be here every day.

“He’ll come in a couple of days a week and offer an extra set of eyes from the stand.

“I had a few people in mind, but he was the outstanding one. I know him pretty well, but people I’ve spoken to have nothing but good things to say about him.”

While impressing with his methods off the pitch, Ferguson is aiming for his first win as boss at the eighth attempt tomorrow.

And there’s no question of Black’s arrival undermining the current boss’ position.

“I’ll be picking the team, I’ll be in charge of everything as normal, that’s clear,” said the 36-year-old.

“But if he has anything to say on those matters I’ll listen, that’s why I wanted him to come in as I respect him and his opinion. He will help me and the players “