Rémi Garde says Eric Black's experience within the English game was a key factor in his appointment and has tipped his new man to have an immediate impact.
Black, who was a member of Sir Alex Ferguson's European Cup Winners' Cup Aberdeen squad, joined the club as first-team coach this week after leaving Rotherham to take up the post.
The former Birmingham City coach and Coventry City manager has thrown himself into the role - assisting Garde on the Bodymoor training fields and getting to know the squad.
And the boss has been impressed with what he's seen so far and believes his experience as a player and manager can only benefit the claret and blue cause.
He said: "His experience of football and experience of English football is second to none.
"He has played at the highest level.
"He has been in this business in this country now for many years which was important for me.
"I met with him, had some long discussions with him and felt he was the right guy for me to help me to help the team.
"I've never worked with him before.
"He played for Metz in France, in my network I've been told he could be someone very helpful for me.
"I didn't know him before, only his name, because in France he was a well-known player and that's why as soon as I knew he could be available I met him.
"He has helped me a lot already.
"I think it was important for the players to have someone who knows the culture of English football well, I know a bit but he has worked here for a long time."
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