Evans left excited by Black’s appointment

ROTHERHAM UNITED manager Steve Evans has hailed the appointment of Eric Black as the club’s new first-team coach.

Eric Black.

The Millers brought the 51-year-old, previously employed by Wigan Athletic, following last season’s successful fight against relegation.

A former Scottish international who served Aberdeen with distinction in his playing days, Black is a vastly experienced coach who has worked with a string of high-profile clubs including Celtic, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland.

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On adding Black to his backroom team, Evans said: “I became aware that there was a possibility that Eric might leave Wigan and, after making contact, I am delighted having met him that we managed to put something together.

“Eric is fundamentally a coach who arrives here with impeccable references given to me by the likes of Craig Brown, Steve Bruce and Gerard Houllier. “

Meanwhile, two more all-Yorkshire clashes in the Football League have been selected for live broadcast by Sky.

Bradford City’s home derby against Sheffield United has been put back a day to Sunday September 20 with a noon kick-off.

Seven days later, Leeds United will travel to Middlesbrough for another fixture that has been chosen for live transmission by the satellite broadcaster.

Sheffield Wednesday last night signed Portuguese midfielder Marco Matias for an “undisclosed fee”.

The 26-year-old penned a four-year deal, having spent last season at Primeira Liga side Nacional, where he scored 20 goals in 36 appearances.