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Former Glasgow City head coach Eddie Wolecki Black appointed Airdrie manager

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Former Glasgow City head coach Eddie Wolecki Black has been announced as the manager of League One side Airdrieonians.

The 50-year-old is the most successful manager in Scottish Women’s Football during his eight years with the club, including leading them to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Speaking to the official Airdrie website, Black said: “I am proud to be the new Head Coach of Airdrieonians FC and thrilled to have the chance to take the club forward now.

“Coming into the Club as Director of Coaching was a remit I was delighted with when I arrived here. We have been making great headway there with the coaches and the players and that work will continue at pace because it is vital.

“I was engrossed in that so to be asked to take over the reins when Gary moved to Forfar Athletic earlier this week was a surprise but it is a task I am relishing now.

“I’ve been lucky enough to see the vast bulk of the first team’s games this season and I know the talent there is in our squad.”

He quit City in July to take up the head coach role at Edu Sports Academy, before being appointed the Director of Youth Coaching with Airdrie in September and has now replaced Gary Bollan who quit on Monday to take up the reins at Forfar Athletic.

Club chairman Tom Wotherspoon added: “When I sat down to think who we should appoint I didnt go beyond the first name I wrote down. Eddie Wolecki Black.

“The reason is that over time it has become clear to me that Eddie and I have very similar views on how a football game should be approached.

“When Eddie joined us three months ago with a brief from me to reorganise our Academy up to and including the Under-20s side.

“What we have now is passing brand of football and a way of coaching that concentrates on possession and developing the players confidence when they are in control of the ball.

“Those building blocks are in place now and as Head Coach it is imperative that Eddie continues to have an influence on our coaches and the growth of the players.”

Black’s first game in charge will be on Boxing Day against Peterhead.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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