Eric Black expects to leave Aston Villa this weekend but the Scot believes he will be able to walk away with his head held high, despite overseeing the club’s relegation from the Premier League during his spell as caretaker manager.
Black has failed to win any of his six matches, losing five, since stepping in when Remi Garde left the club at the end of March. Villa’s inevitable relegation was confirmed with a 1-0 defeat at Manchester United a month ago.
The 52-year-old, who in January left Rotherham to become first-team coach at Villa Park, was placed in charge for the remainder of the season and Villa conclude a dismal campaign against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Ahead of the trip to north London, Black said: “I’ve been told to take the team until the last game. I’d imagine that will be it for me on Sunday but I’ll just wait and see. That will all be out of my hands, like one or two others. I’m sure there are other staff in a similar position to myself .
“But it is what is is, it’s football. Obviously Aston Villa at the moment is slightly more complex as there’s potential new owners coming in and there’s obviously a new manager coming in so we’ll have to wait and see.
Which of this season’s relegated sides will return to the Premier League first?
“I’m aware of that, I’ve been in football a long time so I’ll just continue to do what I’m asked to do and see where it goes.
“There’s nothing at all in place for after Sunday. I spoke to the chairman very briefly this (Friday) morning and he just thanked me again for keeping things going at the moment. But as I said, come five o’clock on Sunday it’s just a case of waiting to see what happens.
“Whatever happens I can hold my head high, definitely. I’m quite comfortable with that. A lot of people will have their own opinion on that, many of which will probably be that I should have won more games or been slightly more adventurous, but I can live with all that.
“I had to do things in a certain way under difficult circumstances so I will walk away and we’ll see what happens.”