Aston Villa - England's Loss Is Villa's Gain
UK time is: 02:33:41
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

England's Loss Is Villa's Gain

Stiliyan Petrov says 'It would have been fantastic for Martin to have got the England job and I thought he should have been given it.'

Or in other words, thank God the FA aren't up to the job, thank God they 'chose' McLaren and thank God Villa got Martin O'Neill!

Petrov added, in an update to his autobiography: 'He would have done extremely well. Deep down though, I knew I had a chance of playing for him again. When the Newcastle and Middlesbrough jobs failed to materialise, I was a little bit down and felt my chance had passed me by. But up came Villa. He tried to sign me and his initial enquiry was rejected. Thankfully Martin did not take no for an answer. I have been asked many times what makes him a manager of the highest quality. He keeps everything simple and never tries to complicate things. He also has the special talent of being able to get players to play for him.'

Adding: 'If Celtic hadn't accepted the offer from Villa, I don't know what I would have done. It's now a hypothetical situation, but it would have left me angry and I might have gone back to Bulgaria with my family. Quitting football might very well have come into my thoughts. I'm glad it didn't have to come to that. I think the Villa deal was the highest transfer fee the club has ever received. I've got what I wished for and the club sold me for a high price.'

'There's no reason for bad feeling. I hope any person who made a negative judgement about me thinks twice and reconsiders. I'm told the Villa fee could rise to as much as 8million during the course of my four-year contract. I didn't think a club would pay that much for me.'




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 16 2006

Time: 12:57PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
I get worried when players resign from International football at 27, and talk of walking away from the game at club level?? What happens if Martin O`Neill walks away from B6 ?
Fletch
Report Abuse
16/10/2006 14:24:00

When Martin joined you at first i thought he wouldnt do a good job and that he might struggle in his first season. But now i think he is a top quality manager.
jono_forest
Report Abuse
16/10/2006 20:18:00

sounds to me that Petrov would quite easily walk away from the sport if things did not go his way ... obviously has the highest respect for O neill though ... as have most of us !
dazednconfuzed
Report Abuse
17/10/2006 08:15:00

I'm surprised that Petrov has settled in so well so quickly. Its a big step up from Scottish football, yet he looks as if he's been in THE premier league for several seasons.
glensider
Report Abuse
29/03/2007 05:19:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Sherwood Gives Sunderland Thoughts (Saturday August 29 2015)

Audio - Sherwood On Sunderland Draw (Saturday August 29 2015)

Stats: Aston Villa v Sunderland (Saturday August 29 2015)

Aston Villa v Sunderland - Team Sheets (Saturday August 29 2015)

Pre Sunderland Injury Update (Friday August 28 2015)

The Aston Villa Injury Table Updated (Friday August 28 2015)

Sherwood Picks Out Trio For Praise (Thursday August 27 2015)

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Pride of Lions 1197
2. ClivetheVillan 604
3. The Fear 518
4. Bonker 311
5. kefkat 308
6. Fulford 300
7. DeanoVilla 260
8. Villan57 224
9. thefacehead 223
10. sirdennis 220

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
9. Everton 4 1 2 1 1 5
10. Norwich 3 1 1 1 0 4
11. AFC Bournemouth 4 1 1 2 -1 4
12. Aston Villa 4 1 1 2 -1 4
13. Chelsea 4 1 1 2 -3 4
14. WBA 4 1 1 2 -3 4
15. Spurs 4 0 3 1 -1 3

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Baggies Edge 9-Man Potters
Stoke : 29/08/2015 20:58:01
Pulis On Stoke Win
WBA : 29/08/2015 20:58:01
Albion Complete Evans Signing
WBA : 29/08/2015 20:49:01
Stoke : 29/08/2015 20:49:01
McClaren Considering Mitrovic Appeal
Newcastle : 29/08/2015 20:36:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Sunderland MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Guzan 0%
Hutton 0%
Richards 0%
Clark 0%
Amavi 0%
Westwood 0%
Sanchez 28%
Gueye 40%
Bacuna 0%
Gestede 0%
Sinclair 32%
Sub - Gil 0%