The former Villa assistant coach said: “He went in on numerous occasions and said to Tim: ‘I know you’re not going to use me, so can I just go out and play’. He was just desperate to go and play football, and he was training wonderfully well, but he wasn’t in Tim’s plans.”
Cole left Villa whilst Sherwood was still boss, and he remains on a loan deal with Coventry City.
He has so far played three games for the League One side, and it is likely that the Sky Blues will look to extend the deal, even following Remi Garde’s appointment as Sherwood’s managerial replacement.
Cole was praised following his loan exit from Villa, as it was not for financial reasons, or because of his dislike of Sherwood, but simply because he wanted to keep playing.
The former Chelsea star is 34-years-old, and although he cannot have the impact he used to have, Cole is undeniably extremely talented.
He has shown a goalscoring touch in League One, and Wilkins has admitted that Cole was training perfectly well whilst still at Villa, he was only not playing as Sherwood did not see a role for him.
So, rather than sitting in the stands collecting his pay check, Cole asked Sherwood to loan him out, and so far the deal has been a good move for both Cole and Coventry.