New assistant Ray Wilkins issues Aston Villa rallying call: The club should be top ten

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The Chelsea legend is set to join up as part of Tim Sherwood's coaching team at Villa Park.

Ex Chelsea assistant and England legend Ray Wilkins today revealed on Sky Sports that he is set to assist Tim Sherwood with the coaching at Aston Villa.

And the QPR great was delighted to be back involved in football, with his last activity in the game an ill-fated spell as Jordan manager that ended earlier this year.

"Tim has just now confirmed that I will be going on board. I’m absolutely thrilled to be back involved," he told Sky Sports.

“There’s only one place to be – the Premier League is the place to go in, and I will be assisting Kevin McDonald, Tim and the whole shooting match.

"Over my coaching career, I’ve been involved with a lot of managers of an extremely high level, and I’ve learnt off each and every one of them. Hopefully I can give the lads at Villa that type of experience.”

Wilkins was forthright in his opinions about what he expects from Villa, but optimistic when looking at the club's end to the season.

“They should be a top-10 team in the Premier League, simple as that," he said. "They showed at the end of last season what they can achieve, and we’ll work hard to do that. They’ve got a good squad, but it can work a lot better and a lot harder.”

Villa are getting a footballing figure with real pedigree

The 58-year-old was a high profile and classy midfielder that turned out for Manchester United, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Rangers among others during the course of his career. 

He played for England 84 times too, before moving into coaching when he became player-manager at QPR in 1994. Though his management achievements failed to match his playing record, Wilkins was a successful assistant at Chelsea for several years, helping the club to Premier League success under Carlo Ancelotti.

As he said, he has plenty of experience of working with top class managers, and Sherwood, who has only been managing for 18 months, is sure to benefit from his presence.

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