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Eric Black announced as Villa first team coach

Eric Black Credit: PA

Aston Villa have officially named former Coventry City manager Eric Black as their new first team coach.

Black is the newest addition to the backroom staff of manager Rémi Garde.

"I'm pleased to welcome Eric to the football club and I'm really looking forward to working with him.

"He will work alongside Reginald Ray, Robert Duverne and Tony Parks as part of my coaching staff.

"Eric brings a wealth of experience and excellent knowledge of English football and he will help me improve the level of the team."

– Rémi Garde, Aston Villa Manager

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Villa's Joe Cole set to join Coventry on a permanent basis

Joe Cole during the Capital One Cup Second Round match at Villa Park against Leyton Orient Credit: Nick Potts / PA Archive/PA Images

Aston Villa's Joe Cole is expected to re-join the Coventry on a permanent deal after his short-term loan spell came to an end last weekend.

The 33-year-old midfielder has been limited to appearances during his three-month loan spell due to injuries.

The former England star has returned to parent club Aston Villa but has been deemed surplus to requirements.

It's understood that the Sky Blues are close to signing Cole on a permanent deal until the end of the current campaign.

A substantial pay cut would be taken by Cole, but has previously stated that he's only interested in playing regular football as he heads into the latter stages of his career.

Coventry boss Tony Mowbray will hope to get a deal done so that Cole can be available for next Tuesday’s home clash against Walsall.

Coventry City to stay at Ricoh Arena for two more seasons

The Ricoh Arena Credit: PA

Wasps and Coventry City will both continue to play at the Ricoh Arena for the next two seasons, after coming to an agreement to extend the current licence agreement.

Wasps completed the full takeoverof the Arena in November 2014 and reached an agreement for Coventry City to continue to play at the venue as well.

“Naturally we are very pleased that Coventry City will continue playing at the Ricoh Arena until at least the end of the 2017/18 season."

"We have always said we are keen to work alongside the football club and for the Sky Blues to stay at the Ricoh Arena, which continues to be their home as well as Wasps’ home."

– David Armstrong (Wasps Group CEO)

"I have already said on several occasions that it is important for us to have security about where we are going to play football next year and know our supporters and stakeholders join me in looking forward to an exciting second half of the season."

– Chris Anderson (CCFC Executive Vice Chairman)

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Midlands football clubs pay tributes to Jimmy Hill

Midlands football clubs pay tributes to former football player Jimmy Hill as news breaks of the former Coventry City manager's death

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Lineker: Hill 'gave the game so much in so many ways'

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has paid tribute to former football and broadcaster Jimmy Hill, who has died aged 87.

"A football man through and through who gave the game so much in so many ways", he tweeted.

Coventry City legend Jimmy Hill dies aged 87

Jimmy Hill has died Credit: PA

Former football player and Coventry City manager and club chairman Jimmy Hill has died aged 87 after a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

The Sky Blues legend and football broadcaster had been fighting the disease for some years.

He oversaw significant changes at City during his time as manager between 1961 and 1967. He went on to be come the club's managing director in 1975 and then eventually club chairman.

A statute in his honour was unveiled at the Ricoh Arena back in 2011, with money for the statue raised by members of the public.

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