Black back as Barrow becomes Latics No.2

Eric Black with Wigan in 2008
Eric Black with Wigan in 2008

ERIC Black is back at Wigan Athletic.

The 50-year-old has joined Uwe Rosler’s coaching staff – five years after leaving Latics for Sunderland with Steve Bruce.

Graham Barrow

Graham Barrow

Black’s arrival is part of a backroom reshuffle following John Doolan’s departure for Hibernian.

Graham Barrow (pictured below) has also been formally appointed Rosler’s No.2 after filling the role for the second half of last season.

Speaking exclusively from the team’s training camp in Germany, Rosler believes have Latics pulled off a real coup in bringing back the highly-rated Black.

“We were all very surprised when John Doolan decided to go to Hibs, I just didn’t see it coming,” Rosler revealed.

“It left us one man short, and I’m very happy to announce the return of Eric to Wigan Athletic.

“We acted very quickly, and I’m happy for two very important reasons.

“Firstly, Eric is a very good coach, who has proven himself at the top level. His arrival will definitely make us stronger.

“Secondly, he knows the club inside out, which is very important.

“He has worked with a few of the lads like Boycey, as well as Martyn Waghorn during his time at Sunderland, and he also gets on very well with the chairman.

“Eric has joined us here in Germany, and has already made a great impression on the squad.”

Black spent the tail end of last season working for Blackpool in an advisory role, helping caretaker boss Barry Ferguson steer the Seasiders to Championship safety.

Previously he had been assistant to Steve Kean at Blackburn after following Bruce out of Sunderland in 2011 - ironically after a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Latics.

Rosler also believes Barrow’s appointment is richly deserved after proving his worth over the last six months.

“I gave Graham the opportunity to be the assistant manager last season and he I was very pleased with the way he took to the role,” Rosler added.

“He knows the club, he knows the team, he is Wigan through and through - he is the perfect man to work alongside.

“I came to the club in relatively unusual circumstances, and I was relying on the expertise of people like Graham to help me in the early part.

“Working with him for six months has shown we are suited to each other. His knowledge of the game is fantastic and I trust his judgement.”