Black, 52, has worked at Coventry, Sunderland, Blackburn and Wigan, and the Mirror have confirmed that he has now been released from his job with Rotherham to take up the role at Villa Park.
For Villa fans, Black does have one unfavourable part of his career, having also spent time with local rivals Birmingham previously.
Black is set to be confirmed as Garde’s assistant in the coming days, with the Frenchman finally able to call upon an assistant manager for the first time since arriving at Villa.
No one had been hired to work with Garde when he was hired as head coach earlier this season, and he can now call upon a staff member who will work closely with him to try and keep Villa in the Premier League.
The Midlands side currently sit 10 points off Premier League survival, with Sunderland and Newcastle also in the relegation places. With 23 games already played, it is hard to imagine that Villa will be able to secure top flight survival before the end of the campaign.