Out-of-work Romanian tactician Dan Petrescu has two fresh offers to return to management, according to Euro outlet DigiSport.
The Daily Mail reported last month that former Cluj boss Petrescu had put his name forward for the Celtic job. He then came out and stated that he wouldn’t be accepting a new job until the summer [DigiSport].
However, it looks as though he won’t be short of offers when he does decide to return. DigiSport believes that, since leaving Turkish side Kayserispor, Petrescu has two offers on the table from Romania.
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FC Voluntari and Sepsi have been in contact with Petrescu to discuss keeping him in his homeland. DigiSport reports that the latter is offering Petrescu a two-year contract as well as a budget to help fight for the title.
Celtic have placed John Kennedy in temporary charge until the end of the season. However, it remains to be seen if Petrescu does indeed wait that long to be drawn back in.
With all due respect to the Romanian Liga I, Celtic would be the biggest job Petrescu will have had in his managerial career. It’s also bigger than any job he could hope to get back in his homeland.
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There is no clear indication that Celtic even have the former Unirea manager as their favourite. But his ability to win titles as a favourite and impress in Europe as an underdog is extremely attractive. Especially considering he’s done this at several clubs and on a limited budget.
Celtic, if they want to talk to Petrescu, will have to take his word at face value. If he says he can’t coach until tht end of the season due to personal problems then it must be respected. However, there is still nothing stopping him from agreeing to take on a role AT the end of the season.
Even if he can’t coach, discussions can start now. And Romanian clubs keen to keep the ex-Chelsea star where he is could move quickly here.
Petrescu, of course, isn’t everyone’s cup of tea within the Celtic support. A counter-attacking style combined with a tendency to resort to mind-games doesn’t go down well with everyone.
But Petrescu has a CV to be proud of. Seven trophies across three different countries and experience of a further four more nations to boot. His managerial experience can’t be undermind, and if we’re going for a fresh start, nothing would represent that more than Petrescu.