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Petrov back playing football

Former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov is back playing football with Solihull-based Wychall Wanderers over-35s.

Petrov was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in March 2012, with Villa then confirming in August that year that he was in remission.

It's a good laugh and they're competitive games.

It's just really nice to be out there playing a proper game.

I've played 90 minutes and my fitness is improving but I need to be patient.

As far as positions, you have to go where you're needed. Sometimes only 12 players are there.

– Stiliyan Petrov speaking to the Birmingham Mail

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Aston Villa chief eyeing Europa League spot

New Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox has outlined his plan to end the club's European exile.

The American believes Villa can target the Europa League as a realistic goal in their rebuilding process.

He joined Villa in September, following the July exit of Paul Faulkner, after five years as Arsenal's chief commercial officer.

We should be a club which is perennially sixth, to ninth to 10th and certainly in the top half of the league, competing for domestic cups and competing for a place in Europe," he told the club's official website.

I don't think there's any reason why, as I look at all the ingredients and think about where we can generate more revenue, we can't put ourselves in that position.

That's where we should be and that's where we should expect the club to be.

The manager (Paul Lambert) and I went to Dortmund when he was scouting Arsenal. As he and I were sitting down and soaking up the atmosphere I said we weren't just scouting Arsenal, we were scouting the experience again because this is what we wanted to bring back to our fans.

– Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox

Aston Villa chief eyeing Europa League spot

New Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox has outlined his plan to end the club's European exile.

The American believes Villa can target the Europa League as a realistic goal in their rebuilding process.

He joined Villa in September, following the July exit of Paul Faulkner, after five years as Arsenal's chief commercial officer.

We should be a club which is perennially sixth, to ninth to 10th and certainly in the top half of the league, competing for domestic cups and competing for a place in Europe," he told the club's official website.

I don't think there's any reason why, as I look at all the ingredients and think about where we can generate more revenue, we can't put ourselves in that position.

That's where we should be and that's where we should expect the club to be.

The manager (Paul Lambert) and I went to Dortmund when he was scouting Arsenal. As he and I were sitting down and soaking up the atmosphere I said we weren't just scouting Arsenal, we were scouting the experience again because this is what we wanted to bring back to our fans.

– Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox

Aston Villa chief eyeing Europa League spot

New Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox has outlined his plan to end the club's European exile.

The American believes Villa can target the Europa League as a realistic goal in their rebuilding process.

He joined Villa in September, following the July exit of Paul Faulkner, after five years as Arsenal's chief commercial officer.

We should be a club which is perennially sixth, to ninth to 10th and certainly in the top half of the league, competing for domestic cups and competing for a place in Europe," he told the club's official website.

I don't think there's any reason why, as I look at all the ingredients and think about where we can generate more revenue, we can't put ourselves in that position.

That's where we should be and that's where we should expect the club to be.

The manager (Paul Lambert) and I went to Dortmund when he was scouting Arsenal. As he and I were sitting down and soaking up the atmosphere I said we weren't just scouting Arsenal, we were scouting the experience again because this is what we wanted to bring back to our fans.

– Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox

Aston Villa chief eyeing Europa League spot

New Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox has outlined his plan to end the club's European exile.

The American believes Villa can target the Europa League as a realistic goal in their rebuilding process.

He joined Villa in September, following the July exit of Paul Faulkner, after five years as Arsenal's chief commercial officer.

We should be a club which is perennially sixth, to ninth to 10th and certainly in the top half of the league, competing for domestic cups and competing for a place in Europe," he told the club's official website.

I don't think there's any reason why, as I look at all the ingredients and think about where we can generate more revenue, we can't put ourselves in that position.

That's where we should be and that's where we should expect the club to be.

The manager (Paul Lambert) and I went to Dortmund when he was scouting Arsenal. As he and I were sitting down and soaking up the atmosphere I said we weren't just scouting Arsenal, we were scouting the experience again because this is what we wanted to bring back to our fans.

– Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox
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