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Ray Wilkins is made Sherwood's No 2 at Aston Villa


Ray Wilkins

Ray Wilkins

Ray Wilkins

Aston Villa have confirmed the appointment of Ray Wilkins as assistant to manager Tim Sherwood.

The 58-year-old, who announced his impending arrival in a television interview last week, will start work immediately.

Sherwood said: "I'm really pleased to bring Ray on board. He has a fantastic knowledge of the game and I'm looking forward to working with him."

Villa have also confirmed that Kevin MacDonald, who was drafted in as Sherwood's assistant in February, will remain at the club and work to develop home-grown players.

Former England international Wilkins enjoyed a glittering playing career with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan and Rangers before heading into coaching, and has had two spells at Stamford Bridge as well as a period managing the Jordan national team.

Meanwhile, former West Ham defender Julian Dicks has returned to Upton Park as a full-time coaching assistant.

The 46-year-old had two spells with the Hammers in the 80s and 90s and will form part of former team-mate Slaven Bilic's new backroom team after a season in charge of West Ham United Ladies.

"To be joining the first-team coaching staff at my club is fantastic news for me," Dicks said. "I was with the Ladies last year and I thoroughly enjoyed that, but to get the opportunity to work with Slaven, his coaching staff and the first-team players is a dream come true."