Former Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins was recently announced as Sherwood’s assistant manager, while Kevin MacDonald and former midfielder Stiliyan Petrov are both operating under the first team boss.
It creates a number of different possibilities and benefits for the club, with the main aim of ensuring that the struggles of last season don’t repeat themselves.
“Ray was available and I decided to make used of some of his experience alongside me. Kevin MacDonald has been moved to bridge the gap between the Under-21s squad and the first-team – he knows how I want to work,” he told AVTV.
“He’s experienced that last season and he’ll make that transition easier for those young guys to step up.”
How will Wilkins help?
Ray Wilkins is a very smart person for Sherwood to have around the club, because he’s experienced life at some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
He’s no stranger to adapting to difficult conditions and he knows all about the pressure involved in modern day football and the challenges facing younger players.
It will be interesting to see how difficult or how easy it is for Wilkins to step forward and get across the benefits of his winning mentality from his time with the Blues.
Evidence of youth and success
Someone like Jack Grealish is a great example to other younger players at the club of what can be achieved for any Aston Villa youngster willing to work hard enough to create a chance for himself.
MacDonald and Wilkins are both key members of staff who will hopefully make the journey from the youth ranks to the first team as smooth as possible, helping to iron out any deficiencies in players along the way.