Gothenburgh Great Eric Black has resigned from his position as senior first-team coach at Southampton for personal reasons.
The club said the 54-year-old Scot had been suffering the effects of back injuries sustained during his playing career, and confirmed he would now take a break from the game.
Black made his debut for Sir Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen side in 1980.
He famously scored the opening goal for the Dons in the 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in the 1983 Cup Winners’ Cup final.
He scored 70 goals in 180 appearances for the Pittodrie club before leaving in 1986 to join French club Metz.
Southampton’s vice-chairman of football Les Reed said: “Eric Black is a fine coach and a true professional who is popular with the players and staff and always gave 100 per cent to his job.
“Fortunately, his situation is not serious and we hope he will be back in a tracksuit at some point in the future.
“Everyone at Southampton wishes him a speedy recovery.
“I would also personally like to thank him for his diligent work during his time with the club.”
Black joined Saints in the summer of 2016 following the appointment of then boss Claude Puel.