On guard: Villa manager Remi Garde had targeted Debuchy in the January window

By Alex Stevens

Re‎mi Garde has moved to appoint vastly experienced coach Eric Black as his new assistant manager at Aston Villa, Football Insider sources understand.

Garde held talks with Black on Friday and a deal was agreed ahead of the Scot starting at Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground on Monday.

A Villa source has told Football Insider that Black, who has been on the coaching staff at Championship club Rotherham, has agreed a deal until the end of the season.

Garde has been working without a recognised No2 since his appointment in November.
Black’s five-year spell at Metz in France from 1986 to 1991 has proven pivotal for Garde, who has five French speaking players in his squad.

The 52-year-old Aberdeen legend has established an impressive reputation as a coach, working as a No2 at Celtic, Birmingham, Sunderland, Wigan, Blackburn and Blackpool while he bossed Motherwell, Coventry and Scotland Under-21s as well as a number of spells in caretaker charge.

Villa are still bottom of the Premier League despite extending their unbeaten run to five matches with Saturday’s goal-less draw at West Brom.