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Ray Wilkins appointed as assistant manager

Ex England International and Chelsea coaching veteran to link up with Sherwood at B6.

Wilkins is about to be unveiled as Sherwood's new assistant manager
Wilkins is about to be unveiled as Sherwood's new assistant manager
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Aston Villa have today confirmed the appointment of Ray Wilkins as the club's assistant manager.

Wilkins is a widely respected and highly regarded coach within the game and brings a wealth of coaching experience, including work with the England under 21s, to the club.

Carlo Ancelotti remarked on his time at Chelsea that 'without him we wouldn't have won a thing' and he may well prove to be a very savvy appointment by Tim Sherwood. It seemed likely that Chris Ramsey would become Sherwood's number 2  for the new season but following his permanent appointment at QPR Villa were forced to look elsewhere. It is expected to be confirmed imminently by the club.

Kevin MacDonald's role at the club  is set to continue as he will relinquish the role of assistant manager but remain as part of the coaching staff. Following the predictably short term appointment of Roy Keane last year, villains will be hoping for a touch more stability and longevity with this appointment.

Wilkins has confirmed to Sky Sports News that he is 'absolutely thrilled to be back involved' and asserted that Villa 'should be a top-10 team in the Premier League, simple as that'.