Monday 19 March 2018

Eric Black unsure of Aston Villa role past the end of the season

Aston Villa caretaker manager Eric Black does not know what the future holds
Aston Villa caretaker manager Eric Black does not know what the future holds

Caretaker manager Eric Black remains uncertain about his future at Aston Villa.

Black has lost his five games in charge since taking over from Remi Garde in March and Villa were relegated from the Barclays Premier League on his watch three weeks ago.

The 52-year-old was told he would be in the role until the end of the season, which is now just Saturday's home game against Newcastle and the trip to Arsenal on the final day of the campaign.

Nigel Pearson and David Moyes have been linked as possible long-term replacements for Garde but Black admits he remains in the dark about what might be next for him.

Asked what next after the game at the Emirates on May 15, the Scot said: "I am going home!

"I have been asked to take it to the end of the season and then I will go on holiday like everybody else.

"I don't know the ins and outs and details. There is an awful lot going on at the moment with regards to new ownership but the priority will be the new manager and that is not a problem for me."

Asked about plans for next season and pre-season preparations, he added: "Again, i t's not my responsibility. I've been asked to take the team until the end of the season. I'm sure there are other people for that.

"Obviously the priority at this moment in time is getting a new owner and then possibly a new manager.

"I don't know what would be first in that regard and it would be then they will decide things in terms of the squad going forward and anything else around that.

"What might happen in the summer when the players come back I think is something that is very typical to a manager coming in. He will want a certain type of pre-season and a certain type of games.

"He will want to go to a certain place he is comfortable with and where he believes he can get the best out of the players.

"That will be organised, I would imagine, when the manager comes in."

Aly Cissokho is suspended for Villa on Saturday following his red card in the defeat to Watford. Rudy Gestede sustained a knock at Vicarage Road and is a doubt while Gabby Agbonlahor's club ban has been lifted but it remains to be seen whether he will be involved.

Villa will set an unwanted club record of 12 successive league defeats if they lose to Newcastle, surpassing the figures of the 1962-63 team - who were not relegated.

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