Villa youth boss suggests best decision Tim Sherwood has made so far

Aston Villa's academy manager Sean Kimberley has described why Tim Sherwood's decision to adopt Kevin MacDonald as his assistant was a great move.

Aston Villa’s academy manager Sean Kimberley has praised Tim Sherwood’s decision to bring Kevin MacDonald back to the club on Villa’s official website.

Sherwood opened his doors to former players of Aston Villa when he replaced former boss Paul Lambert earlier in the season and Kimberley has explained why the addition of the former coach as the current manager’s deputy is such a good move.

“It's such a good thing. His knowledge, expertise - not just about the development of young players - but also of the ethos and fabric of the football club is there with him,” said Kimberley.

“It's also that internal knowledge of how Aston Villa produces players. You can't replicate that outside of here.”

Sherwood was always going to need a bit of help when he moved to Villa Park because of the magnitude of the job, which lays before him.

Villa are one of English football’s huge clubs and it’s sensible that Sherwood went after someone who has a close connection with Villa Park and understands the identity of the club, as well as the relationship between the team and the fans.

Sherwood will have his own ideas over the best way to develop younger players from the club’s youth ranks, with MacDonald in place, as Kimberley suggests, to offer guidance over the way everything is currently structured.

If Sherwood can keep that identity and relationship with the club’s fans strong, they will always turn out and get right behind the team, which bodes well for the future if Aston Villa can stay in the Premier League and consolidate.

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