Ray Wilkins asked whether Aston Villa would've been relegated if they'd kept him; responds

Aston Villa are currently nine points adrift of safety in the Premier League table.

Ray Wilkins refused to be drawn on whether he would have saved Aston Villa this season, had he been left in charge, when quizzed about his time at Villa Park on Sky Sports News on the morning of the 9th March.

Wilkins, who worked as Tim Sherwood’s assistant in the early part of the campaign, was sacked back in October, after Villa went through a run of nine games where they collected just one point.

The Claret and Blues were in 19th place in the Premier League table at that stage, and they then appointed Remi Garde to keep them out of trouble.

However, Villa’s poor form has remained since the French boss took charge, and they are now nine points adrift of safety.

There have been suggestions that Villa would have been better off leaving Sherwood in charge for the rest of the season, but Wilkins refused to be drawn over that topic.

“That’s not for me to say, that’s for other people to say,” he said, when asked whether Villa would have been in this situation with him and Sherwood at the helm.

Former Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell was less diplomatic with his opinion.

Sidwell felt Sherwood and Wilkins should have been given more time, as they were the right combination to save Villa from the drop.

“I think they would have got them out,” Sidwell said. “I said before when Tim was there, that he was the perfect man for the job. He did well at Spurs and I thought he would have been the guy to get that squad capable of finishing outside the relegation battle.”

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