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Aston Villa announce the return of Stiliyan Petrov

Tim Sherwood has confirmed that Stiliyan Petrov will return to Aston Villa as a first team coach.

Former midfielder Petrov was on Villa's books as a player when he was diagnosed with leukaemia in March 2012.

The Premier League club supported Petrov throughout his battle with the disease right up until he announced his retirement from football in May 2013.

Petrov joined the Villains in 2006 and made more than 200 first team appearances.

Manager Tim Sherwood told the club's official website:

Stan will always a place at this football club while I'm the manager. It's important for legends to come back to the club.

But I don't want him to be a mascot here. I want him to contribute and he certainly can contribute. Stiliyan can add an awful lot to the football club.

He knows the boys and he's well respected among the group. I think it's important to have as many people who know the fabric of the football club here. He's well and he's raring to go.

– Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood
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Ex-Portsmouth and Birmingham man takes Senegal job

Aliou Cisse is now an international manager. Credit: PA

Former Birmingham and Portsmouth midfielder Aliou Cisse has been appointed as the new head coach of Senegal.

The 38-year-old, who captained Senegal to the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, succeeds Alain Giresse after the Frenchman departed following the Lions of Teranga's first-round exit from this year's African Nations Cup.

A tweet from the Senegalese federation's official account confirmed Cisse's appointment. Reports suggest the former Paris St Germain player has signed a four-year contract after stepping up from an assistant's role.


Manager of the month: Freedman, Jackett nominated

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman and Wolves manager Kenny Jackett have both been nominated for Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month.

Freedman kick-started his tenure at the City Ground by collecting 16 points from 18 and averaging three goals per game, despite losing top scorer Britt Assombalonga.

Jackett, meanwhile, has lifted Wolves up towards the play-off places with four wins in six games.

Former Derby County manager Dave Mackay has died

Former Derby County footballer and manager Dave Mackay has died aged 80.

Dave Mackay Credit: Barratts/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

During his playing days Mackay won the double with Tottenham Hotspur during an illustrious playing career, and later won the league with Derby as a manager in 1975.

He also managed Nottingham Forest, Walsall and Birmingham City.

Spurs confirmed the news in an official statement on their website, saying that the ex-midfielder passed away at Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham on Monday.

He also represented Scotland 22 times, and was described by George Best as: “The hardest man I have ever played against – and certainly the bravest.”

Mowbray to become new Coventry manager - reports

Tony Mowbray has agreed to become Coventry City's next manager, reports suggest this evening.

Tony Mowbray is set to replace Steven Pressley according to reports Credit: PA

Terms have been verbally agreed and Mowbray will travel down tomorrow to sign on the dotted line and be unveiled as the Sky Blues boss, the Coventry Telegraph reported.

The former West Brom, Celtic and Middlesbrough manager has been locked in talks with club officials most of today, according to the newspaper.

More: Coventry City part company with manager Steven Pressley


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Hull boss hits back at Stoke midfielder Ireland

Stephen Ireland was fouled by Maynor Figueroa. Credit: PA

Hull boss Steve Bruce has hit back at Stoke over the injury suffered by Stephen Ireland at the weekend.

A graphic image of the gash on Ireland's leg caused by a Maynor Figueroa challenge, but Bruce says the Stoke man committed the worst challenge of the day when he fouled David Meyler.

Let me tell you, Stephen Ireland committed the worst challenge on the pitch on Davd Meyler. He shouldn't have been on the pitch.

Nobody went to the referee, it wasn't a free-kick, he caught the boy on the calf rather than planted the boot on him.

– Steve Bruce
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Police launch investigation into Chelsea fans racism

Eight people left the train at Stoke after police were called. Credit: PA

Police have launched an investigation after reports of racist and abusive behaviour from Chelsea football fans on a train from London to Manchester last night, British Transport Police said.

Four men were ordered off the train at Stoke by British Transport Police and four others left of their own accord.

Shortly after 10.30pm on Sunday, 1 March, officers were called to meet a Euston-to-Manchester Piccadilly train at Stoke, following reports of racist and abusive behaviour by a number of passengers, said to be football fans.

Colleagues from Staffordshire Police also attended. Officers asked four men to leave the train at Stoke. We have spoken to two witnesses, and investigations continue.

Rail passengers and staff have the right to travel and work in peace. Abusive behaviour on trains and at stations is unacceptable, and we will not hesitate to investigate any such incidents.

– British Transport Police statement
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Birmingham hold on to beat Brentford

Birmingham returned to winning ways with a crucial 1-0 home victory over promotion-chasing Brentford to ease their fears of dropping back into the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone.

It was a welcome win only hours after the midlands club reassured the Football League they are not in financial difficulty and that they have the cash to complete the season.

Clayton Donaldson was key to the own goal. Credit: PA

Following eight games without a win Birmingham carved out this victory as a result of an unfortunate 40th-minute own goal from Brentford centre-back James Tarkowski.

But they had to hang onto their slender lead after Stephen Gleeson was sent off in the 87th minute for stamping on Alex Pritchard.

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Tan witnesses Cardiff home defeat to Wolves

Bacary Sako ruined Vincent Tan's day. Credit: PA

Wolves boosted their Sky Bet Championship play-off hopes as Bakary Sako's strike gave them a 1-0 win over 10-man Cardiff and spoiled Vincent Tan's return to the Welsh capital.

Kenny Jackett's men have now won four of their last five and are coming on strong at just the right time of the season as they target back-to-back promotions.

Cardiff, who had Peter Whittingham sent off midway through the second half, have now taken all three points in just one of their last eight home games and may have left their Malaysian owner wondering why he made the trip.

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