New First Team Coach speaks to www.themillers.co.uk...New Rotherham United First Team Coach Eric Black has settled in quickly to life in South Yorkshire and is enthusiastic about the future having met the players and coaching staff.
Black, who was officially installed in his position on Wednesday, joins the Millers from Wigan Athletic and has had spells with Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland amongst other clubs prior to his arrival with Steve Evans' side.
In his first interview with www.themillers.co.uk the Scot told of how easy the transition to life at Rotherham United has been:
“I’ve enjoyed it enormously and the coaching staff have made me feel very welcome,” he beamed.
“The players have got me very excited and their attitude has been first class.
“I just wanted to back coaching and out on the pitch. The manager said to me he wanted me to get involved on the training pitch as much as possible and try and add a little bit to it and the results that the club have had previously have been outstanding and if I could add a little bit it would be fantastic.”
The 51-year-old brings a wealth of experience to the training ground having also played the game, in a career that saw him enjoy five year spells at Aberdeen and Metz, as well as boasting 8 caps for Scotland during his time as a player.
Black joins up with two more former players on the touchline in assistant manager Paul Raynor and fitness coach Paul Warne who he insists have made the transition easy.
“They’re excellent and they’re both very good coaches who know exactly what they’re doing. They’re experienced and they’ve both played the game and as I’ve said before they’ve made me very welcome and I appreciate that.
With pre-season now in full swing, Black is keen to bring his own ideas to the training ground but insists that fitness work is key at this stage.
“The manager wants to play in a certain fashion and we’re starting to integrate that in terms of the philosophy and shape but there’s obviously a big bearing on the fitness side as it’s pre-season so we’re trying to introduce a couple of things but predominantly it’s fitness work."