Stiliyan Petrov calls for Aston Villa appointment

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Captain Stiliyan Petrov has urged Aston Villa to make a swift managerial appointment following their disastrous start to the new season.

Petrov missed a penalty as Villa crashed out of the Europa League at the hands of Rapid Vienna for the second successive year on Thursday evening.

The Midlands club lost their qualifying play-off 4-3 on aggregate to miss out on a lucrative place in the group stages of European competition.

Caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald also presided over last weekend’s 6-0 thrashing by Newcastle United and Petrov believes the uncertainty over the managerial position is destabilising the club.

MacDonald stepped in following Martin O’Neill shock resignation on the eve of the new season.

“The uncertainty surrounding the manager’s position is making life very difficult,” said the Bulgaria midfielder.

“It would be nice to know who will take charge and it would be nice to know as soon as possible.”

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