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 times 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.

He was also a mainstay for the Romania national side in the 1990’s winning 95 caps and featuring in the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup finals and the 1996 and 2000 UEFA European Championships.
 
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Upon retiring from playing Petrescu went straight into management and had brief spells with Rapid Bucharest, Sportul Studentesc and Wisla Krakow before longer spells with Unirea Urziceni and Kuban Krasnodor with whom he won the 2010 Russian First Division with.

In August 2012 he was appointed manager of Dynamo Moscow on a reported salary of €2.5 million a year but left 18 months later by mutual consent after the team’s ‘lacklustre performance’ over the course of the season.

Petrescu wasn’t out of work for long and was appointed manager of Qatari team Al Arabi in June 2014 but was sacked after six months after a poor run of results.

He was back in management a year later 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.

He 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, he 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 couldn’t turn the team’s fortunes around and won only three wins out of 15 before leaving by mutual consent after four months.

Shortly after leaving Russia, he 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, 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