Aston Villa fans react as Stiliyan Petrov reportedly applies for manager's job

Aston Villa fans look dejected during the FA Cup Final between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on May 30, 2015 in London, England.

Former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov reportedly wants to return to the Championship club as their new manager.

Stiliyan Petrov of Aston Villa during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Worcester City and Aston Villa at the Worcester City Stadium on July 16, 2016 in Stourport, England.

Aston Villa fans want their club back. And what better way to do exactly that than by hiring a bona fide club hero as their new manager?

According to the Birmingham Mail, Stiliyan Petrov has thrown his hat into the ring to take over from Steve Bruce at Villa Park.

The 39-year-old ticks a lot of boxes. He is a hugely popular figure at Villa Park after his seven-year spell as their influential midfielder between 2006 and 2013. Petrov was also the captain for a number of years, displaying the leadership skills that could stand him in good stead in the dugout.

Stilyan Petrov of Aston Villa celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on December 31, 2011 in London, England.

Furthermore, Petrov has been learning the managerial ropes in the Second City, having spent time working alongside Villa’s U23 boss Graham Cowans.

But the overwhelming feeling among supporters is one of ‘thanks but no thanks’. Petrov has never managed a team on his own at senior level, so giving the former Bulgaria international his big break would be a major risk.

Petrov, though, would be a welcome addition to Villa’s coaching staff, where he could link up with another former captain in John Terry.

As it stands, the front-runner appears to be Thierry Henry, another managerial novice who, according to the Telegraph, has held advanced talks recently.

Shaun Maloney and Thierry Henry are seen during the International Friendly match between Scotland and Belgium at Hampden Park on September 7, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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