Stiliyan Petrov turns down player-coach role at Nuneaton as former Aston Villa midfielder wants to get his coaching badges first

Stiliyan Petrov turns down player-coach role at Nuneaton as former Aston Villa midfielder wants to get his coaching badges first

January 25, 2022

ASTON VILLA legend Stiliyan Petrov has turned down the chance to join non-league Nuneaton Town as player-coach.

Nuneaton manager Kevin Wilson had hoped to persuade the 37-year-old midfielder to combine both roles in the Conference North.

However the Bulgarian, who failed to win a playing contract with Villa this summer has decided to focus on gaining his coaching badges first.

Petrov retired from football in 2013 after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia in 2012 but made a brave attempt to return to action, starring for Villa on their pre-season tour to Austria.

Nuneaton play in the National League North, the sixth-tier of the football pyramid.

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They sit in 12th spot in the standings, with three wins from their 12 games played so far, winning their last game 3-2 at Worcester City.

Assisting Wilson at the Warwickshire club is former Nottingham Forest player Steve Chettle as assistant, and former Leicester City and Bradford defender Guy Branston is coach.

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