Eric Black Friday: Former Villa assistant embroiled in bribery scandal.

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It was difficult not to draw a wry smile as the news emerged
Thursday evening that former Villa coach and caretaker was embroiled in the
latest reveal from the Telegraph.

Black, who also had a stint in the blue half of Birmingham,
is allegedly captured on video offering advice concerning how to bribe staff at
lower league clubs.

In response, the former Scottish international has
vehemently denied the allegations.

Through a spokesperson, Black has denied the claims, refutes
the suggestions made in the report and that the portrayals of the discussions
are false.

Black stood in following the brief and failed stint of
Frenchman Remi Garde at the close of the disastrous 2015/2016 season.

His time at Villa was mired through repeated puzzling team
selections, and entailed a brief reign which managed a solitary draw alongside
six defeats (1 point from 21 available).

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Black left Villa Park in the summer of 2016 and promptly
took up the assistant manager role at Southampton, who have commented only to
say that they will cooperate with the ongoing investigation.

If there was one thinly veiled comment of note on social
media, it came from former centre half Jores Okore.  

Okore, who was banished to the development squad during the
closing weeks of his Villa career, found himself infamously accused by Black of
refusing a place on the bench.  An
accusation which the Danish defender disputes to this day.

There is no suggestion or allegation at this time that any
of Black’s wrongdoing occurred whilst he was in post at Aston Villa.

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