Dan Petrescu

Where is Dan Petrescu now?

Former Chelsea star Dan Petrescu retired in 2003 after returning to his native Romania and immediately pursued a career as a coach.

Having already been part of a successful Steaua Bucharest team in the 1980’s which won the Romanian League four teams as well as reaching the 1989 European Cup Final, Petrescu also added the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup Winners Cup and UEFA Super Cup during his time at Chelsea.

After spells in management with Rapid Bucharest, Sportul Studentesc, Wisla Krakow, Unirea Urziceni and Kuban Krasnodor (with whom he won the 2010 Russian First Division with) he was appointed manager of Dynamo Moscow in August 2012 on a reported salary of €2.5 million a year.

In April 2014 he left the club by mutual consent after the team’s ‘lacklustre performance’ over the course of the season.

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He wasn’t out of work for long as in June 2014 he was appointed manager of Qatar team Al Arabi but was sacked in December of the same year after a poor run of results.

In February 2015 Petrescu claimed that he was offered and turned down the vacant job at Nottingham Forest which eventually went to Dougie Freedman.

Petrescu was back in management in June 2015 with Romanian side Targu Mures, but he left after only one competitive game (beating Steaua Bucharest in the Romanian Super Cup) to join Chinese side Jiangsu Sainty on a much more lucrative deal.

Petrescu had mixed fortunes at Jiangsu winning the Chinese FA Cup in his first few months but then getting sacked after just one season after a disappointing ninth place finish in the league.

During his time at Jiangsu, Petrescu was instrumental in bringing high-profile Premier League player Ramires from Chelsea to the club which helped boost their global profile.

In June 2016, Petrescu made a return to former club FC Kuban Krasnador who had recently been relegated to the second tier of the Russian football league.

Unfortunately, he experienced troubles on the pitch with only 3 wins out of 15 and off the pitch with financial issues resulting in him leaving by mutual consent after four months.

Shortly after leaving Russia, Petrescu joined Arabian Gulf League side Al Nasr Dubai as their new manager but left at the end of the season in May 2017.

A month later, Dan Petrescu was appointed in his current role as manager of Romanian Liga 1 side CFR Cluj.

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Dan Petrescu: Premier League Statistics

NationalityRomania
PositionDefender
Appearances215
Goals23
Yellow Cards28
Red Cards0
Premier League Teams Played forChelsea, Sheffield Wednesday, Bradford City, Southampton

Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com