Tim Sherwood appoints Kevin MacDonald as assistant manager at Aston Villa

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Tim Sherwood has added another body to his backroom this staff, this time appointing Kevin MacDonald as his assistant.

Aston Villa have today confirmed that Kevin MacDonald is returning to the club as Tim Sherwood's new assistant manager.

Sherwood, who was appointed as Paul Lambert's replacement last weekend, added two names to his backroom staff on Thursday, with Mark Robson and Seamus Brady arriving as first team coach and performance analyst respectively.

That still left Sherwood without an assistant manager, and after QPR boss Chris Ramsey said he wouldn't be leaving Loftus Road to link up with his former Tottenham boss Sherwood again, the new Villa boss looked in another direction.

Returning to Villa Park is the experienced coach MacDonald, who served as Villa assistant from 2003 to 2012, working alongside a number of different managers but most notably, Martin O'Neill.

MacDonald had a brief spell in caretaker charge of Villa in 2010 when O'Neill resigned, and even assisted ex-Villa defender Steve Staunton during his role as Republic of Ireland boss.

MacDonald left his post as Swindon Town manager in the summer of 2013, and after a spell with the Nottingham Forest academy this season, he now makes a surprise return to Villa Park to assist Sherwood.

The club's official website confirmed MacDonald's appointment this afternoon, meaning he will be in place ahead of Saturday's home clash against Stoke City.

A popular figure during his first spell at Villa Park, MacDonald looks to be a sensible appointment given his work with youngsters at Forest this season - which fits in well with Sherwood's desire to blood younger players in the Villa side.

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