Dion Dublin praises Sherwood and his decision to appoint Stiliyan Petrov

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Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin has hailed Tim Sherwood's decision to bring Stiliyan Petrov back to Villa Park.

Dion Dublin has told talkSPORT that he's delighted to see Stiliyan Petrov return to Aston Villa in a coaching capacity, whilst he also heaped praise on new manager Tim Sherwood.

Sherwood confirmed during a press conference on Thursday that former Villa midfielder Petrov, who had to retire in 2013 after a battle with leukaemia, would be returning to help coach the Villa side as they look to avoid relegation.

The Bulgarian remains a popular figure at Villa Park, and Dublin told talkSPORT that the former Celtic midfielder is a 'genius'.

"He’s absolutely buzzing and I think Tim [Sherwood] and Villa couldn’t have employed anybody better, he’s an absolute genius at what he does," said Dublin.

It's unclear just what role Petrov will have in Sherwood's backroom staff, but the decision has been met well by Villa fans - and after two wins in a row, things are starting to look good for the new manager.

Tuesday night's dramatic 2-1 win over West Brom in the Premier League has taken Villa three points clear of the drop zone, whilst on Saturday night they beat West Brom again, this time 2-0.

The Villa supporters are well behind the ex-Tottenham boss, and Dublin also told talkSPORT that he's a big fan of Sherwood - even suggesting that he could be the perfect man to keep Villa in the top flight.

"If anybody is going to encourage Villa to go forward with a positive mind, with a winner’s mentality, you’ll do well to find anyone more positive than Tim Sherwood," he added.

Villa now face a trip to Sunderland next weekend as they get their Premier League campaign back on track - and another three points would go a long way to achieving Premier League survival under Sherwood.

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