I was never good enough to become a professional footballer but I would have loved to earn a living in the game, preferably (of course) with SAFC. But what could I have done? I know nothing about coaching and IÃ¢â¬â¢ve always been much too lazy to qualify for the necessary badges. My motivational skills are rudimentary being a bit of a Ã¢â¬Ëhalf emptyÃ¢â¬â¢ sort of bloke. That seems to put the kibosh on a managing or coaching job (although I could probably get the hang of putting the cones out for training but I donÃ¢â¬â¢t think you get paid much for that). I know! An Assistant Manager is what I could have been Ã¢â¬â you donÃ¢â¬â¢t seem to have to know anything and never have to take the flack when everything goes tits up. LetÃ¢â¬â¢s see what you need to be Eric Black. Er........no idea other than sharing copious bottles of wine with Steve Bruce (something IÃ¢â¬â¢m very well qualified to do) Now itÃ¢â¬â¢s difficult to know for sure what Black does or how well he does it. Like a lot of Assistant Managers heÃ¢â¬â¢s the invisible man. IÃ¢â¬â¢ve used my child-like technical skills to scour the internet but I can find no mention of any coaching qualification (mind you Steve Bruce only has a Mickey Mouse FA Diploma and has never done the UEFA Pro Licence course). All this came to mind when, for the umpteenth time yesterday, a decent first half performance was followed by a load of dross in the second half. WhoÃ¢â¬â¢s doing the team talk? WhoÃ¢â¬â¢s supposed to be motivating the overpaid, strutting, prima donnas? Neither Bruce nor, apparently, Black seems to be much good at it. We have, however, in our midst, a fully qualified (Pro Licence) coach and a mighty motivator. Step forward Kevin Ball. I canÃ¢â¬â¢t think of anybody better suited to putting a bit of stick about when itÃ¢â¬â¢s needed. HeÃ¢â¬â¢s done a great job at the academy and developed the likes of Henderson, Meyler and Colback (with a few more to come). Is it too much to ask him (and pay him) to get involved with the 1st team both on match days and on the training ground? Like a lot of people IÃ¢â¬â¢ve lost a lot of confidence in BruceÃ¢â¬â¢s abilities during recent months but I canÃ¢â¬â¢t think of anybody demonstrably better we could realistically replace him with (IÃ¢â¬â¢m no fan of Martin OÃ¢â¬â¢Neill). Also, as we know, he signed a new contract this season and it would cost too much too sack him. I just think he needs more help than he seems to be getting at the moment and involving young KB may well help and seems to have no downside. If it puts Eric BlackÃ¢â¬â¢s nose out of joint, so be it.