Aston Villa midfielder and fans react on Twitter to Kevin MacDonald's return

Villa midfielder Gary Gardner lead the Twitter tributes to Tim Sherwood's decision to appoint Kevin MacDonald as his number two on Friday afternoon.

Tim Sherwood appears to be winning over the Aston Villa fans with his first few moves in charge, with his decision to bring former club favourite Kevin MacDonald back to the West Midlands as his assistant manager met with widespread praise.

MacDonald first joined Villa in 1995 during the reign of Brian Little and would go on to develop a first-rate reputation for helping push talent through the club’s ranks in a number of different roles.

The Scot also assumed the role of caretaker boss in August 2010 following the sudden resignation of Martin O’Neill and, despite recording just two wins in his eight games in charge, there was strong support for him to get the job on a permanent basis before the appointment of Gerard Houllier the following month.

After leaving the club following Paul Lambert’s arrival in June 2012, the former Villa reserves boss would go on to have a brief 14-game spell managing Swindon Town, before leaving the League One side in the summer of 2013 for “personal reasons”.

He had been working at Nottingham Forest since the summer as lead professional development phase coach, and the combination of him and Sherwood should serve as fantastic news for the fledging members of the squad, such as Jack Grealish and Callum Robinson, who are aiming to establish themselves in the first-team.

One Villa player who MacDonald helped bring through is on-loan Forest midfielder Gary Gardner, who, in leading the tributes on Twitter, looks like he can’t wait to get back to Birmingham to start working under him again.

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