Ex-Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov reveals details of discussion with Tim Sherwood

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The former claret and blue skipper revealed that the new boss invited him to spend time with the team before the West Brom win, and has also offered him a coaching role.

Former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has revealed to BT Sport that new manager Tim Sherwood wants him to come work with the squad.

Petrov was speaking after witnessing Villa end their torrid 12-game winless league run on Tuesday night when striker Christian Benteke’s stoppage-time penalty earned them a 2-1 home win over Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion.

Gabriel Agbonlahor had given Villa the lead in a dominant first-half performance from Tim Sherwood’s men, before West Brom came back after the break when Saido Berahino headed in a 66th-mintue equaliser.

The last-gasp spot-kick sealed Sherwood his first three points since taking over at the helm last month, however, and also lifted the club out of the relegation zone into 17th-place with 10 fixtures remaining.

Their 12-game winless league run now over, Petrov was more than impressed with the team’s performance on the night, and believes his old club have an excellent chance of avoiding the drop.

In terms of a coaching role, the claret and blue legend added that nothing has been decided at this point on a return to Villa Park but, after being invited to spend time with the team in the run up to the match, insists that the new boss is the right man to take them forward.

“I had a little chat with Tim about two days ago. He wanted me to come work with the lads, but we haven’t had any agreement yet,” he told Matchday Live with Fletch and Sav on Tuesday night.

“I had a phone call from him last night to ask me to come and be around them today, when you could see the attitude and desire around them was completely different.

“They knew they had to start performing and they showed it today. With the passion and the way they played, West Brom didn’t cause them any trouble.

“You can see after the game the relief among the fans, the players, the coaching staff – it’s been a long time without winning.”

After being forced to retire amid battling leukaemia, Petrov in fact spent a brief period in the summer of 2013 working alongside Gordon Cowans with Villa’s Youth Development squad, and both fans and those within the club would no doubt be delighted to see him back in the near future if he does take Sherwood up on his offer.

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