Aston Villa appoint ex-Barnet manager Mark Robson as first-team coach

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has made the first addition to his backroom staff by appointing experienced coach and manager Mark Robson to be first-team coach with the Midlands club, reports BBC Sport.

The 45-year-old has worked for a host of clubs in the past, most recently Norwich City, and as a co-manager for Barnet with former Dutch international Edgar Davids. Robson left Norwich City as first-team manager in January, and replaces Scott Marshall, who was Aston Villa’s caretaker manager for their FA Cup win against Leicester City.

Seamus Brady has also joined the club as a performance analyst, with manager Tim Sherwood leaving no stone unturned as he attempts to keep Aston Villa in the Premier League, while identifying and looking to rectify past problems that have been a factor of their struggles this season.

The Midlands club are currently in the drop zone after 25 games, but a win in their next game against Stoke City could see the out of trouble this weekend. The players have admitted a different on the training ground already, and Robson will be hoping his arrival can have a positive effect on the camp.

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