Joe Cole explains what he tells Aston Villa youngsters about Ray Wilkins

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Aston Villa midfielder Joe Cole holds no doubt the club have made a good decision by bringing in Ray Wilkins.

Aston Villa midfielder Joe Cole has explained on the club’s official website what he tells the club’s younger players about assistant manager Ray Wilkins.

Wilkins was recently drafted into the support staff surrounding Tim Sherwood and Cole feels it was a no-brainer on the part of the first team boss.

Wilkins will be looking to use the experience he’s built as a player and a coach over the next ten to eleven months, as Aston Villa look to progress and prevent a repeat of a similar season to the last campaign.

“I played for him at Chelsea. He's a great football man. As far as No.2s go, Ray is probably the best around, especially for the gaffer who is starting out in his managerial career,” he told

“He is someone the young lads should look up to. I am telling them about what a great player he was and the teams he played for.”

The main benefit Wilkins creates

The main benefit of Aston Villa having Wilkins in place is that he takes some of the pressure away from Tim Sherwood.

Sherwood coped admirably last season, as Villa fought to fend off the threat of relegation into the Championship.

His confidence has always been very high, but there are times when he does need a little bit of help and that’s what Wilkins can offer.

He can step into the firing line at difficult points in the season, take questions and offer a fresh pair of eyes looking over any number of difficult situations.

He’s also very approachable and that should become clear to the players, who can turn to him to talk through issues whether they are on a personal or a professional level.

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