Millers begin hunt for new assistant boss

ROTHERHAM United will launch a search for a new assistant manager after Eric Black left the club to join troubled Aston Villa.

He left the New York Stadium by mutual consent today to take the assistant role at Villa Park under boss Remi Garde.

Black initially joined the Millers as first team coach during the close season before being appointed as assistant manager to Neil Redfearn in October.

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He also enjoyed a one game spell as caretaker manager, overseeing the home clash with Burnley.

Said Redfearn: "He has had an opportunity that he felt he couldn’t turn down and we fully appreciated that, so he goes with everyone’s best wishes.

“We want to thank him for all his effort and hard work whilst with Rotherham United, and from a personal point of view I have thoroughly enjoyed working with him. 

“Eric really bought into what I wanted to do here and was very popular with the players and staff. On behalf of everyone at the club I would like to wish Eric all the very best for the future.

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“It isn’t easy when people move on but I have spoken to the Chairman regarding potential candidates for the role, and we remain focused this week as we prepare for a big game on Saturday.”

Eric thanked the Millers boss for the opportunity to work as his assistant, admitting he had thoroughly enjoyed his time with the Millers.

He said: "“I have really enjoyed working at Rotherham United and I have met and worked with some terrific individuals.

“I didn’t know Neil before he arrived but he was brilliant to me from day one. He is an exceptional coach, one of the best I have worked with, and with the support of the Chairman and everyone else I am sure he will take the club forward.”