Report: Steve Bruce tells Pearson to have Eric Black on his Aston Villa coaching staff

Steve Bruce has reportedly urged Nigel Pearson to keep Eric Black on his Aston Villa coaching staff.

According to The Mirror, Hull City boss Steve Bruce has urged Nigel Pearson to keep Eric Black at Villa Park if he does end up taking the job.

Villa are on the hunt for a new manager after Remi Garde's departure in March, and unsurprisingly want somebody with Championship experience to lead the club out of the second tier.

With relegation to the Championship already confirmed for Villa, a manager who not only knows the division inside out but has also won promotion out of the division into the Premier League is also preferred - making Nigel Pearson the unsurprising favourite.

The Mirror report that Pearson - who won the Championship title with Leicester in 2014 and then kept the Foxes in the Premier League - has held a second round of talks with Villa about taking the job, and appears to be edging closer to taking the job, barring a late offer from his former club Middlesbrough.

An interesting note in the report is that Hull City manager Steve Bruce - who has been linked with the Villa job himself - has allegedly spoken to Pearson and given him a glowing recommendation on Eric Black.

Black is currently in interim charge of Villa, and worked as Bruce's assistant at both Birmingham City and Sunderland, meaning he knows the Scot inside out.

Bruce believes that Black still has plenty to offer to Villa, and has told Pearson to keep him at Villa Park rather than let him go and bring in his own staff to help him - though he may not have much choice, as many of his former Leicester staff are still at the King Power Stadium, and are unlikely to leave the soon-to-be Premier League champions.

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