Southampton’s senior first-team coach Eric Black is currently away with the Scottish National Team, working as their interim assistant manager, the BBC reports.

Black is working alongside Malky Mackay and the Scotland squad ahead of their upcoming international friendly game against Netherlands on Thursday evening.

The 54-year-old joined Southampton in the summer of 2016, acting as Claude Puel’s assistant manager at St Mary’s. Black was brought in for his experience and ability to speak French, allowing Puel to liaise more efficiently with the first-team squad given the language barrier.

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Black stayed put last summer despite Puel’s dismissal. The Scotsman’s services were reportedly retained based on his positive relationship with the Saints squad, but he is now acting as the club’s senior first-team coach.

Black was an established Scottish international during his playing days, and is sure to be honoured to be working for his country’s senior side.

The ex-Aston Villa coach will now hope to help Mackay and the Scotland squad achieve a shock win over Netherlands.

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