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Danny Lennon named Airdrie manager as Black recovers from stroke

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Former Cowdenbeath and St.Mirren manager Danny Lennon has been named Airdrie manager until the end of the season after Eddie Wolecki Black suffered a stroke on Saturday.

While Black recovers from his stroke, Lennon will take charge of the team until the end of the season and will take to the dugout for Saturday’s league match against Brechin City.

Lennon has admitted that to take over the club following Black’s stroke is tough. He said: “No-one would want to come in to a job in these circumstances but all I want to do is try to continue the terrific work Eddie has done at Airdrieonians until he recovers. Eddie is a close friend of mine and we share the same football philosophy. It was very important to me that I had his blessing to come in and I know I have that now.”

Lennon will be assisted by Black’s assistants Donald Jennow and Kevin McBride.

Airdrie chief executive Iain King paid tribute to the duo following Black falling ill. He added: “Donald Jennow and Kevin McBride have been magnificent since Eddie fell ill and they have worked in the most trying of circumstances.

“Donald guided the team through that second-half at Cowdenbeath to a great win and their preparation of the side for Tuesday night’s draw with Forfar was also excellent.

“With eight games remaining as Eddie recovers, though, we felt a more experienced figure would help our coaching staff in the gaffer’s absence.

“Danny is someone Eddie has the utmost regard for and he knows the Club are in good hands for the remainder of the season until he returns.”

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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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