Petrov - Lerner Lends Support

  • Last Updated: March 6 2012, 15:55 GMT

Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov claims club owner Randy Lerner is a familiar face at the training ground and has made everyone aware of his plans.

Stiliyan Petrov: Players are aware of Villa plans

The American businessman has made weekly visits to Villa's Bodymoor Heath training complex over the past month, allowing him to be kept up to date on events.

Villa have been struggling to generate results on the field, with a five-match winless run dropping them to within eight points of the relegation zone.

Plans are, however, being drawn up for next season with manager Alex McLeish and chief executive Paul Faulkner.

Petrov claims the players are aware of the situation, with talk of cost-cutting doing the rounds, and says every member of the squad is fully behind Lerner and his methods.

"The owner has been to training quite a few times and been in a good mood," said the Bulgarian midfielder.

"He tried to give positives to all members of the club.

"At the end of the day, we have a chairman who is trying to run his books and knows what is right and wrong.

"If you have good, new players coming in, it is always a help but, if not, we just need to deal with it."