New Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier has insisted he has complete faith in Kevin MacDonald, who was caretaker-boss for the opening seven games of the season.
MacDonald declined the opportunity to be part of Houllier's first-team backroom staff and will revert to his role as reserve-team coach.
Houllier said: "I understand why he didn't want to be there. Let's be honest, he was a bit disappointed because he was interviewed like the others.
"But I trusted him to be my number two and I trust him to be the reserve coach which, to me, is someone you work with all the time. He is part of my staff."