"Eric Black has to be agreed between Steve and the management," explained Whelan.
"I understand Birmingham want some continuity. He wants to come with Steve because a team always stays together.
"Whether he will come immediately I don't know.
"It is a mess when you are looking for a new manager. Everything is stirred up. It is never a happy time and the sooner it is over and Steve joins us I will be a very happy man."