Wilkins was drafted in as an assistant by first team boss Tim Sherwood earlier this summer and he’s suggested that all that matters for the club right now is the side ensuring that they win a high ratio of games.
He feels that will put a spring into the step of Aston Villa’s key players, as the club look to shake off the negative memories of last season, where the club really struggled in the top flight.
“It’s going to take hard work but we’re certainly not about struggling against relegation before Christmas,” he told the Daily Mail.
“The earlier you can win games, the more confidence comes into the team and we can move forward. The aim is to improve every year. It’s about bringing in new players and a different work ethic.”
Positivity and optimism
Tim Sherwood and Wilkins both deserve some credit for trying to get some optimism and positivity back into the football club.
It’s easier for any team to be progressive when there is an enjoyable and happy culture at the club and that’s what the duo seem to be trying to create.
Villa fans will always get right behind their side, but hopefully the team can produce a big performance against Manchester United later, which strengthens the confidence that Wilkins mentions.
If United get the win, the coaches will reflect but it seems to be a case of focusing on the positives this season before anything else.