Petrov steps down from Villa U21 setup

Stiliyan Petrov has stepped down as Aston Villa U21 assistant coach.

Petrov has decided to step down from his role as he focuses on his recovery from acute leukaemia.

"Physically, I just need to build myself up some more before I can throw myself into things in the only way I know how, full-on commitment," he told ESPN.

"I intend to spend some time with my family and in six months or so we'll assess how everything is then.

"The entire Villa family have been supportive and I am so grateful for this. I love my new role with the club, I love the involvement and I want to continue to make a valid contribution.

"I have found the day-to-day demands of the job to be a little much too soon. I have spoken to the manager and chief executive and they have been great in helping me to reach a decision while also reassuring me the club will always be here for me."

 
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