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Assistant Manager

Kenny Black




Date of birth




Scunthorpe United announced Kenny Black as the club’s first team assistant manager in August 2018.

A left-sided defender or midfielder, Black began his playing career with Rangers in 1980 but was farmed out to junior side Linlithgow Rose to gain competitive experience. He left Ibrox permanently in 1983 for Motherwell, before joining Heart of Midlothian for £30,000 a year later.

Black moved to England when Portsmouth's £350,000 bid was accepted in 1989. He was then reunited with former boss Alex MacDonald in 1991 when he joined Airdrieonians and won his first senior medal with the Diamonds, when they defeated Dundee in the 1994–95 Scottish Challenge Cup. In 1999, Black moved to Raith Rovers and played there for a further two seasons.

Black was appointed joint assistant-manager of the Kirkcaldy side in 2001. Managerial changes saw him leave Starks Park in early 2002 but he found a new position as assistant to former Airdrie team-mate Sandy Stewart at Airdrie United, the reincarnation of Airdrieonians, later that year.

Black left Airdrie United for Leicester City in 2004, gaining a coaching position under Craig Levein. His contract at the Walkers Stadium ended when Levein departed in 2006 and he sealed a return to Airdrie later that year, this time as manager - where he stayed for four years.

After a spell as assistant manager of the Scotland national team, Black was appointed assistant manager at Motherwell in 2011. Black and manager Stuart McCall guided Motherwell to high league finishes in 2011/12 (third), 2012/13 (second) and 2013/14 (second) before McCall departed. In March 2015, Black again joined forces with McCall as assistant manager at Rangers.

In June 2016, Black was confirmed as assistant manager to McCall at Bradford City in League One and helped guide the club to a League One play-off final. He departed in February 2018 after McCall left Valley Parade, and now teams up again with him at Glanford Park.