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Lambert has role in mind for Petrov

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is considering plans to offer Stiliyan Petrov a new role at Villa Park after the club captain confirmed his retirement as he continues his fight against acute leukaemia.

The Bulgarian midfielder, who was diagnosed with the condition in March last year and is now in remission, yesterday announced he will not play again. Petrov's priority will now be his health and work for his leukaemia charity, but Lambert revealed he is already mulling over a role for the popular captain.

"He'll be missed here but the door will always be open for him," said the Scot.

"I've something in my head I'm thinking about at the minute and it's not a sentimental thing at all."

 

Holloway now gets derby rivalry

It may have taken him a while but Ian Holloway has finally got to grips with Crystal Palace's rivalry with Brighton.

The Eagles manager annoyed some Palace fans following their 3-0 defeat at the Amex in March when he dismissed the derby, between two clubs almost 50 miles apart, as "nonsense".

But ahead of tonight's Championship play-off semi-final first leg between the sides at Selhurst Park, Holloway has been left in no doubt about the importance of the fixture.

"All I said was that, with the geography, I was surprised how much they hated each other," he said.

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