Aston Villa legend Stiliyan Petrov was asked on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT if he’d be tempted to return to the club and played down the idea of getting involved at Villa Park.
Paul Lambert’s sacking at the club earlier this week has left the side without a manager at a vital time in the season, but Petrov joked and gave a very short response over his position in terms of going back to the club.
“I don’t think so (he joked) – I’m not available for the next few days,” said the Bulgarian.
The comments may be disappointing to some fans who may want to see an iconic figure coming in at the club and galvanising the side moving forward.
However, considering the stress and pressure Petrov has been through on a personal level (his battle against Leukaemia) it’s not difficult to see why he’d be against the strain of a Premier League coaching role.
There are plenty of candidates for the post at Villa Park, with Tim Sherwood and Glenn Hoddle still the favourites according to oddschecker.
The club need to take their time to make the right appointment considering the pressure the new boss is going to be under to keep the side in the top flight.