Blues confirm Black exit

27 November 2007 01:38
Birmingham City's caretaker manager Eric Black has left the club and is set to team up with former Blues boss Steve Bruce at Wigan Athletic. Black had been Bruce's assistant at St Andrew's but took charge of City's 2-0 defeat against Portsmouth on Saturday following Bruce's departure. He had been with City since July 2004 after previously having a spell in charge of Coventry City. Last week Birmingham chairman David Gold warned Wigan that he would fight to keep Black at the club. He said at the time: "I believe Eric Black is special. I really admire him. His multi-lingual skills are so important in communicating with our foreign players and he has a great relationship with the squad. "I'll be doing everything to keep him at Birmingham. I want him to stay and will be fighting to stop him going to Wigan. "We want to keep the best people at Birmingham - and Eric is a person who falls into that category."

Source: ESA