MacDonald was invited back to the club by first team boss Tim Sherwood and Clark feels that it was a great decision by the gaffer, because of MacDonald’s knowledge of everything to do with Aston Villa and the effect he’s had over him personally.
“Kev has been brilliant. All the lads enjoy working with him and, of course, some of us know him from when he was here in the past,” he said.
“I can't speak highly enough of Kevin. He helped bring me through the system and also was the one who gave me my first real run in the team.”
“He's a top guy. He's a top coach. He knows all about the club - what this club means - and I think he's been a great addition to the backroom staff.”
It’s important that the younger players coming up through the ranks at Aston Villa see that an experienced coach is ready to push them towards the first team.
They have to believe that they are well represented in terms of the coaches around Sherwood, which will provide that little bit of extra incentive and inspiration, as they chase a first team chance.
It’s also important that the Aston Villa brand and tradition is well represented by the first team coaches and MacDonald is well placed to ensure that the younger players don’t forget about what it means to pull on the shirt of the club.
Sherwood, MacDonald and several other coaches at Villa Park now have a responsibility to ensure that next season is a step forward compared to the last and that the players show an awareness of the importance of progression.