Former Glasgow City head coach Eddie Wolecki Black as been appointed Head of Airdrieonians’ academy after he quit South of Scotland league side Edusport Academy.
Speaking after his appointment, Black said: “I am thrilled and delighted to be joining a club with such a rich history as Airdrieonians. My career in coaching has been challenging and varied and this post is hugely exciting.
“There is so much potential at this football club and I can’t wait to start tapping into that and begin producing home-bred players I know will excite the fans.”
The 50-year-old, who is the most successful head coach in Scottish women’s football history with Glasgow City, has a wealth of experience in the men’s game also after spells in charge of Junior outfit Lochee United, Montrose and Head of Youth at Brechin City and Arbroath.
On his departure from the South of Scotland side Edusport Academy after just under three months in the head coach role, Black added: “Throughout my career I have had lengthy spells with four clubs so it is unusual for me to move on after two and a half months.
“That’s football at times, though, and once I spoke with the Chairman and the Chief Executive at Airdrieonians about their plans for the club the opportunity was one I could not refuse. Despite the short period of time I believe the coaching staff and myself achieved a lot in our time together at Edusport.
“We leave them six points clear at the top of the table and through to the third round of the Scottish Youth Cup.
“Having lived in the Airdrie area for the last five years it is a place that I know very well and I aim to put in place a structure that will develop players both during and beyond my tenure as Director of Coaching.”
A statement from Edsuport Academy on Black’s departure read: “It is unfortunate that the appointment of Eddie Black was not to prove successful, though we would like to wish Eddie and Airdrieonians FC well together. We have always had a good relationship with the club and hope that this can continue.
“Moving forward we would like to welcome Jim Chapman and ex professional footballer Ryan McCann to the Edusport Academy as part of our new look coaching set up. Ricky Waddell will take over the day to day running of the Academy in Glasgow, with Colin Cameron doing likewise in Edinburgh”
Airdrieonians chairman Tom Wotherspoon commented: “I know other clubs at our level are scaling back their Academies but that is totally the opposite strategy from the way I want to go.
“Eddie has a vision for the education of our players and coaches and it is a pivotal to the way we will progress as a football club.
“I can understand that people may have thought we were paying lip-service to youth development when we made statements at the start of this adventure.
“This full-time appointment shows our commitment to young footballers and developing coaches in Airdrie and Eddie will also work hard to put a footprint back in the community we serve.”
Black will take control of Airdrie’s Under-20 side following Kevin Harper’s departure last week.