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Villa chiefs ponder move for fan favourite

7 Mar

Aston Villa are reportedly set to offer Stiliyan Petrov a place on their first-team coaching staff, according to the Sun.

Aston Villa: Villa chiefs ponder move for fan favouriteAston Villa: Villa chiefs ponder move for fan favourite

The 36-year-old ex-player is much-loved by Villa fans who chanted his name when Petrov was forced into retirement in 2013 after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

The Bulgarian returned to the club to become an academy coach and, a year ago, was appointed onto the first-team coaching set up by former boss Tim Sherwood.

The Sun claim Villa chiefs want to take advantage of his popularity on the terraces and know Petrov’s appointment could help build some bridges with disgruntled fans.

He is respected by the club’s top players and could potentially be ready to fill-in for Remi Garde if the Frenchman quits in frustration later on this season.

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