Sherwood confirms Stiliyan Petrov will return to Villa Park coaching staff

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has confirmed that ex-captain Stiliyan Petrov will return to Villa Park on his coaching staff.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood spoke at a press conference this morning, and confirmed that ex-Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov will be returning to the club in a coaching capacity - as shown on Sky Sports.

Petrov, 35, was forced to retire in 2013 after a fight with leukaemia, and after 218 appearances for Villa, the Bulgarian remains a well-respected figure at Villa Park.

The former Celtic star has now made a full recovery from leukaemia, and looks set to return to football as a member of Sherwood's coaching staff.

Sherwood has already added the likes of Kevin MacDonald and Mark Robson to his staff at Villa, but is keen to add Petrov too as Villa bid for survival, with today's press conference reported by Sky Sports.

"I think Stiliyan could add an awful lot to the football club," said Sherwood. "I would never bring him in just to be a mascot - I think he can contribute. Certainly he can contribute to the boys' mindset of what he's actually done in the last few months, in his life...it's been a tough time for him."

"Going out and trying to win a football match is secondary to the fight which Stiliyan has come through. He's also a very techincal, gifted player and member of staff and I want him in here as soon as possible," he added.

Petrov scored 12 goals in his 218 Villa appearances, and having been captain for a considerable amount of time, his return has been met well by Villa fans.

The club currently lie 17th in the Premier League table after Tuesday's 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion, and even though they are now three points clear, Sherwood and Villa need all the help they can get in the survival battle - with Petrov's experience seen as a way to help Villa fight relegation.

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch