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Stiliyan Petrov to take up coaching role at Aston Villa

Stiliyan Petrov Credit: PA

Stiliyan Petrov will take up a new role as assistant development coach, the Club has confirmed.

Aston Villa’s 33-year-old former captain announced his retirement on May 9, 2013 having successfully battled acute leukaemia.

“I’m very excited by this new challenge and I wish to thank the Club and the manager, Paul Lambert, for giving me the opportunity to continue my association with Villa, which I have always regarded as a privilege,” Petrov said.

3,000 Stilliyan Petrov's attending Villa v Wigan match

Stilliyan Petrov masks ready to be worn by Villa fans Credit: @HeartOfTheHolte

A company near Leamington Spa has donated 3,000 Stilliyan Petrov masks to Aston Villa fans heading to Wigan this Sunday, in honour of their retiring Captain following his battle with acute leukaemia.

Mask-arade from Southam, have sent the masks free of charge. Masks are also being sold online, with profits being donated to Cure Leukaemia.

Villa fans have dubbed this weekend's fixture 'Stiliyan Petrov Day'.

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Villa boss: Atmosphere will be electric

Villa boss Paul Lambert says Villa Park will be "rocking" today as Villa face Chelsea in their last home game of the season.

Former Captain Stiliyan Petrov will do a lap of the pitch with his team mates after the game as he retires from football, following his leukaemia battle.

The manager says the event will be "emotional" for Stiliyan as he bows out of the game but hinted there would be a job for him elsewhere at Villa Park.

Supporters are also expected to stand and clap on the 19th minute to coincide with the skipper's squad number.

Petrov leads Villa one last time

Stiliyan Petrov is retiring from football after being treated for leukaemia Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Stiliyan Petrov will lead out Aston Villa on to the Villa Park pitch one last time as they face Chelsea.

The 33-year-old Club captain will be joined by his team-mates for the traditional lap of appreciation at the end of the final home game of the season.

He announced his retirement from football this week after a battle with leukaemia.

Petrov to be added to Villa's Hall of Fame

Petrov added to Villa Hall of Fame Credit: PA

Aston Villa have announced that Stan Petrov will be added to their Hall of Fame.

The list of twelve top stars was created in 2006.

They include Gordon Cowans, Eric Houghton, Brian Little, Dennis Mortimer, Ron Saunders, Peter Withe, Paul McGrath, Peter McParland, Charlie Aitken, William McGregor, George Ramsay and Billy Walker.

Petrov announced his retirement today.

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