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Offline Legion

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Petrov's future at Villa
« on: November 17, 2012, 07:48:43 AM »
Youth coach?

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Captain marvel Stiliyan Petrov could be offered an Aston Villa coaching role by Paul Lambert when he completes his brave battle against leukaemia.

Petrov, who is in remission and said to be doing well, is being lined up for a youth team position with the claret and blues

It is still too soon to know whether the popular 33-year-old midfielder will be fit enough to return to Villa in a playing capacity.

Lambert insists Petrov would be suited to a youth-coaching role and that any appointment would be made for professional not sentimental reasons.

“At the moment it’s too soon, because he’s still in the remission,” said Lambert, ahead of Villa’s trip to Manchester City this afternoon.

“I think Randy Lerner and Paul Faulkner will look after him and this football club will look after him, which I think is only right.

“As a mate and a footballer he was one of the best lads I’ve played alongside.

“He’s said to me he wouldn’t want to get into something he thought was just for sentimental reasons.

“I think he’d want to do it because he felt he could do it and he was good at it and he could pass his experience on.

"I don’t think he would go into the hard, raw football management with the stress levels and that. I think he would look at maybe doing something with kids, where there’s no stress.

“You’ve got to remember it was life-threatening, that’s not something to be taken lightly.

“Every time I see him when I look at him now it brings a tear to your eye. Because that’s a guy that I was really, really close with and thank God he’s nearly there.

“This football club’s missed him, people tend to forget that. The club’s been hurt by what he’s been through because he’s been a big loss to it but he’s a proper guy.”

Lambert watched Petrov come of age as a footballer at Celtic, going from ‘the Nutty Professor’ to a dressing room leader and he believes he would make an ideal role model and mentor for young players.

“I spoke to Stiliyan when he came in the other day,” he said. “You tend to forget about what’s happened to him.

“I think seeing him puts everything into perspective. That’s a guy I played football with for about eight or nine years or so.

“I have seen him grow up as a young guy. The first day I ever saw him train at Celtic, I thought ‘Jesus Christ – what have we signed’?

“He was hitting shots from about 80 yards. He looked like the Nutty Professor, he was huge.

“He lost about nine stone and became a footballer. Then he became brilliant for Celtic.

“He’s one of the fittest I’ve ever seen. He used to train before he actually trained with us.”

Lambert was speaking ahead of Sunday’s charity match in honour of Petrov at Halesowen Town.

A selection of Villa Old Stars will take on a fans’ team made up of Petrov’s friends, with the Bulgarian’s former claret and blue team-mates Gareth Barry and James Milner expected to be in attendance to watch the match.

Kick off is at 1.30pm with admission on the gate priced at £5 adults and £2.50 children. Proceeds will go Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

“I think it’s a great cause,” Lambert added.

“Hopefully if it raises money then that will be great. It’s great if Gareth Barry and James Milner come back. That just speaks volumes for it.”

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Re: Petrov's future at Villa
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2012, 08:13:03 AM »
At the moment it’s too soon, because he’s still in the remission,” said Lambert, ahead of Villa’s trip to Manchester City this afternoon.

come on mat. being in remission is the total aim and one that it doesnt change from.
you are either in remmission, no leukaemia or not, got leukaemia.

as for cach at club, if that is the path stan wants to go down, i think it would be great idea!

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Re: Petrov's future at Villa
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2012, 09:18:52 AM »
Yes, stan and lambert are good friends and he would be a useful addition to the coaching set up.
A perfect role model for the younger kids.

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Re: Petrov's future at Villa
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2012, 09:21:36 AM »
That's a bit gutting, I always thought we would see Stan play again.

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Re: Petrov's future at Villa
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2012, 09:49:53 AM »
If thats the path he wishes to go down then I'd be delighted

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Re: Petrov's future at Villa
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2012, 10:26:32 AM »
I didn't expect to see him play again, if he wants a role like that it'd be great.

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Re: Petrov's future at Villa
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2012, 10:47:02 AM »
Even if he doesn't play for us again, I'd like to see him kick off the final (hopefully meaningless) home game of the season before being substituted to a standing ovation.

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Re: Petrov's future at Villa
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2012, 11:50:31 AM »
Even if he doesn't play for us again, I'd like to see him kick off the final (hopefully meaningless) home game of the season before being substituted to a standing ovation.

Seeing as there's a good chance we'll need a point or two, I don't think that will happen.
« Last Edit: November 17, 2012, 11:52:12 AM by Pete3206 »

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Re: Petrov's future at Villa
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2012, 12:09:10 PM »
If he doesn't come back and play's for us again I would be happy if he takes on a coaching role with us.

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Re: Petrov's future at Villa
« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2012, 08:20:39 PM »
I find it hard to believe someone at Stan's age could spend so long battling a hideous disease like this, and then recover sufficiently to play top flight football again.

I also reckon playing football again will be down his list of concerns at the moment, and so it should be.

Christ, we don't half miss him this season, though, that midfield looks pathetically weak and young.

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Re: Petrov's future at Villa
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2012, 08:24:02 PM »
As an outstanding technician, there's a good chance he'll make a fine coach - especially for the youth.  So if he's up for it, why not?

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Re: Petrov's future at Villa
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2012, 08:51:58 PM »
Yes please, what a superb role model for the kids

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Re: Petrov's future at Villa
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2012, 09:24:24 PM »
I really can't see him playing again but it would be an incredibly nice touch if we're safe and it's a meaningless last home game and we brought him on in the last minute. There wouldn't be a dry eye in the house.

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Re: Petrov's future at Villa
« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2012, 12:40:59 AM »
I didn't expect to see him play again, if he wants a role like that it'd be great.

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Re: Petrov's future at Villa
« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2012, 07:32:57 AM »
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« Last Edit: November 20, 2012, 08:09:59 AM by eastie »