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Petrov calls for end to Villa manager hunt

Aston Villa's failure to qualify for the group stage of the Europa League is at least partly down the club's failure to lock in a new manager, according to skipper Stiliyan Petrov.

Villa sent home

• Aston Villa 2-3 Rapid Vienna

Kevin MacDonald is currently caretaker manager at Villa after Martin O'Neill sensationally resigned in the week before the Premier League kicked off. He is yet to confirm whether he is even interested in taking over full time, and the club haven't offered him the role, and Petrov wants to see the situation resolved "as soon as possible".

Petrov has labelled his side's 3-2 defeat at Villa Park to Rapid Vienna, meaning a 4-3 loss on aggregate in the Europa Leage play-off, as "unacceptable".

Villa had twice led through Gabriel Agbonlahor and Emile Heskey but also saw a Petrov penalty saved as the Austrians struck back with three second-half goals from Atdhe Nuhiu, Mario Sonnleitner and Rene Gartler.

Petrov said: "With the uncertainty of the manager (situation), it is difficult. It would be nice to see who is going to be appointed, who is going to take charge. We hope that is as soon as possible.

"It is not a game we should have lost. We had enough chances to win the game but didn't put them in. It really is unacceptable from us. We worked so hard last season to get into Europe and we have blown it. We need to get better all over the park. We need to put things right. We are not doing something right.''

MacDonald is believed to have one more match, against Everton in the Premier League, to prove whether he has what it takes to manage Villa permanently if he decides to take on the challenge.


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