Sherwood discusses Ray Wilkins appointment, tweaks McDonald role

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

The Aston Villa boss has welcomed the former Chelsea favourite to the club having appointed him as his assistant manager.

Last week ex England and Chelsea legend Ray Wilkins announced that he was set to join Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa coaching set up in time for pre-season, and on Monday Sherwood himself welcomed the 58-year-old to the club, in a formal announcement on Villa's website.

Wilkins has an extraordinary playing and coaching record, having proven himself one of English football's great midfielders of the 1970s and 80s when he took in significant spells at Stamford Bridge, Manchester United, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Rangers and QPR.

He has also been involved in managing and assisting QPR, Fulham, and most tellingly, his boyhood club Chelsea, who he helped to the League and FA Cup double in 2010.

"I'm really pleased to bring Ray on board," Sherwood said on the Villa site. "He has a fantastic knowledge of the game and I'm looking forward to working with him."

Villa also revealed that longtime staff member Kevin McDonald, who returned to the club when Sherwood took over from Paul Lambert in February, will adjust his coaching role to spend more time developing home grown players from the club.

Sherwood's staff adjustments indicates his plans

The former Spurs boss has essentially appointed another assistant to help him work with the first team, and it is a man of considerable experience considering his work at Chelsea, while keeping another lieutenant for developing the academy stars.

With Sherwood still growing as a manager, this is his first preseason in a management role after all, Wilkins will offer an approach that will have been refined at a club used to winning like Chelsea.

And with McDonald now focusing on developing the younger talents at Villa, Sherwood will have an equally talented coach guiding a department that is sure to become more and more important under the 46-year-old. 

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