Petrov backs O'Neill transfer policy

Petrov backs O'Neill transfer policy

Published Jul. 18, 2010 8:41 a.m. ET

Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has backed Martin O'Neill to strengthen the squad despite another slow start to the summer transfer window.

O'Neill has yet to capture his first signing of the summer, but it is not unusual for the Northern Irishman at this stage and Petrov is sure there is no need to panic.

"I don't think it's a problem because, as we all know, our boss will be doing everything in the last three or four days!" said Petrov.

"I am sure the manager and the chairman, who was down at the training ground last week, are working hard on getting new players in.


"And I am certain they are going to strengthen before the season starts because both men have great ambitions for Villa.

"They want to take this club even further and that's why there will definitely be new signings coming in.

"And if the boss brings in the same sort of quality he did this time last year - with (Richard) Dunne, (James) Collins and (Stephen) Warnock - then we will all be very happy.

"The impact they had on our team was huge. If we can get that sort of player in again we'll be very pleased."