Wilkins confirms Villa appointment

Wilkins moves to Villa Park with a number of coaching roles to his name, including appointments as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant manager at Chelsea in July 2009 and assistant head coach at Fulham in 2013.

He also coached Jordan at this year???s Asian Cup, taking the team to the knockout stages of the tournament for the first time in its history.

A player with 700 professional games to his resume, Wilkins revealed??he had been in discussions with Tim Sherwood for “several weeks”.

“Believe it or not, he???s (Sherwood) a bit similar to me in that he wants to win and he???s extremely bubbly,” Wilkins told Sky Sports News.

“As soon as I spoke to him, it seemed a good mix, and I???m absolutely thrilled that it???s come about.”

Aston Villa finished last season strongly, despite falling to Arsenal in the final of the FA Cup, but Wilkins believes the club should be aiming higher.

“Villa should be a top 10 Premier League side, quite comfortably one would have thought,” he said.

“They showed at the back-end of last season what they can produce and the players that they have there – there???s no reason that they shouldn???t be in the top half of the table and we???ll work extremely hard to try and get there.

“They???ve got a good squad but it can work a lot better and a lot harder.”

Villa will start their 2015-16 Premier League campaign against newly-promoted Bournemouth at Dean Court on August 8.