By Alex Taylor

Aston Villa legend Stiliyan Petrov has turned down the chance to join non-league side Nuneaton Town as a player-coach, according to a report.

The Sun claim that Petrov, 37, has decided to reject the National League North outfit, who operate in the sixth-tier of the football pyramid.

The report says that the former Villa ace has decided to focus on gaining his coaching badges before making a return to football.

Petrov was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2012 but despite beating the disease and returning to training with the Villans, the former Celtic ace was not awarded a new contract.

The Bulgarian midfielder enjoyed seven years at Villa Park, making 218 appearances, scoring 12 goals and providing 16 assists.

The Midlands outfit are currently squandering in 19th place in the Championship having picked up just 10 points from 11 league matches this term.

The club have appointed Steve Clarke as caretaker manager following the dismissal of Roberto Di Matteo last week.

The former West Brom boss could now be in line to lead the club against Midlands rivals Wolves after the international break if chairman Tony Xia doesn’t appoint someone before the next round of fixtures.

In other Aston Villa news, Steve Clarke has been appointed caretaker manager of Aston Villa following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo, it was announced on Monday morning.