Retired captain joins the backroom staff.
Former Aston Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov has rejoined the club as an assistant to development coach Gordon Cowans, The Express reports.
The 33-year-old hung up his boots this month as his contract with the club expired. He had missed the entire campaign, though, as he battled with the acute leukaemia that threatened his life.
He had remained a part of the fabric of the club as fans carried out a 19th minute applause throughout the season in tribute to the former Bulgarian international.
Many had thought that he would step away from the game to concentrate on the setting up of a cancer charity but it seems that the lure of the game was too great and as his leukaemia in now in remission he can begin to take steps into returning and giving something back as a coach.
“I will study for my coaching badges over the coming months. The main thing for me, however, is that it is not for sentimental reasons that I will be taking up this role but because I have something to contribute,” he said.
Petrov made over 200 appearances for Villa, bagging 12 goals in the process and became a fan favourite at the club despite a rocky start.