Former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov is set to take up a role with non-league side Nuneaton Town according to a report from the Birmingham Mail.
Petrov became a legend at the club after spending seven years at Villa Park where he made 219 appearances and scored 12 goals. However while he was adored by fans, his career was cut short when he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia and while it was announced it was in remission later in that year, he retired the summer after.
Petrov did try to make a return to football in the summer when he returned to training with Aston Villa in order to try and get a contract with them but in the end he didn’t do enough to impress the then new head coach Roberto Di Matteo, though it was reported that they did try to offer him some sort of role at the club.
But while it seemed like then he would never get a chance to play football at a professional level again, it may turn out that a return is on the cards after all after this report suggested that Nuneaton Town are preparing to offer him a role where he will be a coach and a player for them. And while other National League North sides are said to be interested in offering Petrov the same sort of deal, the fact that Nuneaton is only a short distance away from Birmingham means that they are the ones with the advantage.
So finally, Petrov may be set to return to competitive football and continue to be one of the most inspiring stories in recent football history.