Eric Black leaves post at Southampton, fans react

Southampton announced on Thursday that first-team coach Eric Black has stepped down from his role at the club.

The Scotsman moved to St Mary’s in 2016 as part of Claude Puel’s coaching staff.

Even after the manager departed, Black stayed on, but has now decided to leave his position due to personal reasons.

The Saints’ official website has claimed that the 54-year-old has opted to address some back problems that have been caused by previous injuries suffered during his playing career.

In September last year, the Scotsman was caught up in The Telegraph’s investigation into corruption in football.

Black was accused of offering advice to third parties on how to bribe lower-league clubs, but following an investigation, Southampton did not find him guilty of any wrongdoing.

Judging by the reaction on Twitter, Black divided Southampton fans, with some pleased to see him step down, while others have been left disappointed.

Black has had coaching spells at numerous clubs, including Sunderland and Aston Villa.