By Alan Hutton

12th Aug, 2020 | 8:00pm

'Hell of a lot of experience' - Exclusive: Hutton raves over new face at Aston Villa

Alan Hutton has been left raving after Craig Shakespeare was appointed as an assistant head coach at Aston Villa.

The former Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the ex-Leicester boss has a “hell of a lot of experience” to offer Dean Smith.

The Villans confirmed last week that Shakespeare had joined John Terry and Richard Kelly as part of the club’s senior coaching staff.

The 56-year-old had been Nigel Pearson’s assistant manager at Watford before the pair’s shock dismissal late last season.

Hutton believes that Shakespeare has plenty to offer Smith and his men and insists it is a brilliant appointment.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I think as you look over it, John Terry, I think he’s amazing at what he does and he’ll be a head coach in his own right but obviously no Premier League experience as a coach.

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“Richard Kelly’s the same so there is no harm in bringing in an extra head. It’s another person you can bounce ideas off and he won the Premier League with Ranieri – right there, there’s a hell of a lot of experience just from that.

“I think it’s a really good appointment, another really experienced coach who’s been around for years who I think will help Dean Smith push on.” 

Shakespeare has held a number of coaching roles in the Premier League with spells at the likes of Everton, West Brom and Hull City, as well as the England national side.

His only permanent position as a first-team manager came at Leicester in 2017 where he took charge of 26 games.

In other Aston Villa news, Hutton has shed some light as an international star quits Villa Park.