Wilkins was recently confirmed as manager Tim Sherwood’s assistant for the forthcoming season and the man himself has explained why he didn’t have any hesitation in taking the job when the opportunity came up.
“I’m 58 now and I never thought this opportunity would come around – The one thing that is quite clear is that I need to work for working’s sake, I need to be out there on the training pitch – I love it and it’s all I’ve ever done,” he told talkSPORT.
His passion will be contagious
One thing which can’t be doubted about Ray Wilkins is the passion he has for the game and that should rub off on everyone around him at Villa Park.
The fact he genuinely enjoys working in football is also important and will help him as he looks to settle back into the pressure of being an assistant at one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League.
He’s someone who can get his passion across to very young players looking to make their way in the game or to Sherwood, who may be particularly stubborn over an area where Wilkins feels he can make a difference.
Experience will be vital
The experience that Wilkins has accumulated throughout his career is also going to be vital.
Sherwood may feel at times that he needs to turn to someone who has more knowledge of the game and that’s where Wilkins can step in.
It’s also something which again, relates to that relationship with younger players, but he can also be a figure that the more experienced players approach for guidance over any number of problems.