Wilkins worked as Tim Sherwood’s assistant manager over the early part of the campaign, and he helped prepare them for the campaign ahead.
Before the competitive football started up, Wilkins felt that the Claret and Blues were set to have a productive season, but he says he quickly realised his confidence was misplaced.
“I couldn’t see that the writing was on the wall, because we were training and we thought we were going to be okay,” he said.
“But once the season started we could tell we weren’t going to be strong enough.”
Wilkins and Sherwood were sacked by Villa back in October, as the Midlands club looked to save their season.
At that stage, the Claret and Blues were second from bottom in the Premier League standings, and they had taken just one point from nine matches.
Remi Garde was appointed to spark the club into life, but the French boss has failed to have much of an impact.
Garde has won just two league matches since being placed in charge at Villa Park, and the Villains currently sit nine points adrift of safety, as a result.