As the hunt for the next Aston Villa manager rolls on, a club legend has thrown his name into the hat. Stiliyan Petrov, an Aston Villa Hall of Famer, according to Sky Sports, has applied for the vacant managerial role at Villa Park and whilst the fans want to see him back at the club in some capacity, they don’t want him to be the next manager.
Stiliyan Petrov has applied for the vacant manager’s position at Aston Villa. [sky sports] #avfc
— villareport (@villareport) October 8, 2018
Stiliyan Petrov spent six years at Villa Park as a player between 2006 and 2012 after signing for Celtic along with his manager, Martin O’Neil. However, after six years in Birmingham, Petrov was diagnosed with acute leukaemia which suspended his football career whilst he underwent surgery which was ultimately, and thankfully, successful. He never got his career going after that point, though, and now it seems he wants to take his first steps in management.
Aston Villa is a huge club and it would be a massive task for the Bulgarian to start his career at Villa Park. The former midfielder has some remarkable career accolades to his name, such as being his countries most capped player, but to be successful at Aston Villa with it being his first managerial job and joining the club whilst they’re languishing in 15th is likely too big an ask for the fan favourite. A coaching role, though, would be just what the Villains want from their former player and club legend.
You can read The Villains’ verdict on Petrov’s application to be the Villa boss here:
I’d love to have him involved in some way again but not as the top man at the moment.
— Smiffy (@SmithyAVPaul) October 8, 2018
No Stan. Love you man, but you recommended Aleks Tonev. Killed your chances with that recommendation!
— AV-FullBIFTA (@AVFullBIFTA) October 8, 2018
I don't know if I'd want him as manager but I wouldn't mind him working with Henry and Terry
— lil ploop (@willfish97) October 8, 2018
He’ll be Rodgers assistant when he takes the managers job #AVFC
— LeeP (@leep777) October 9, 2018
He’s a legend but why put himself through the stress. For his own sake, he should steer clear
— Pramit (@pramit177) October 8, 2018
Take on coaching staff defo
— Steve Large (@Largeylivewire) October 8, 2018
A coaching role maybe but not the manager
— Simon C. (@ch0ralone) October 8, 2018
Whilst the fans love Petrov, they just don’t think he’s ready to take the top job at the club yet.
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