My tribe

Black: Ridgewell fantastic for Birmingham

Birmingham City assistant boss Eric Black has hailed the impact made by captain Liam Ridgewell since his arrival from Aston Villa.

Steve Bruce's number two Black said: "Liam came here from Villa and he had a lot of weight on his shoulders having coming in from across the city.

"But, from the minute I met him prior to signing, I didn't have any doubt that he would be able to cope with that. You could see he was a strong enough character.

"He is a young lad but he has a lot of Premier League experience for someone so young, has a fabulous mentality and he integrated himself immediately in the squad.

"He has shown those leadership qualities that the manager looked at - and he gave him the armband. He has been a fantastic acquisition for us and I am sure he will get better."

Black added: "The fans have taken to him and will do that when they know a player is prepared to give everything for them and the team - regardless of where he has been before.

"He wears his heart on his sleeve. You can see he is committed and he wants to do well - and he wants to do well for Birmingham City."

About the author

Tribal Football Staff

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?