Does Petrescu have the skills to rescue Crystal Palace?

Dan Petrescu looks to be the latest name linked with the vacant Crystal Palace job, but what has he been doing since leaving the Premier League as a player?

Three previous targets – Chris Coleman, Aitor Karanka and Rene Meulensteen have all turned their back on the Eagles, with Coleman extending his stay as Wales boss and Karanka and Meulensteen taking up roles with Middlesbrough and Fulham respectively. They have now reportedly turned their attention to former Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday defender Petrescu, according to the Daily Mail, with Iain Holloway's successor still to be found.

Petrescu is just 45, but has an impressive CV behind him already, with his work spanning his native Romania, Poland and Russia. His work with relative minnows Sportul Studentesc in the 2003-04 season – where he won over 76% of his games – led to interest from Rapid Bucharest, but he resigned after just three months in the role, so he could return to Sportul Studentesc. His second spell in charge wasn't quite as impressive, but a year in charge landed him the job at Wisla Krakow in Poland.

After a series of poor results, Petrescu was sacked by Wisla, and returned to Romania once again, this time with newly promoted Unirea Urziceni, where Petrescu had his most notable success so far. He guided the team to a shock second place finish in the top division, but went one step better the following, winning the title and subsequently qualifying for the Champions League, where his side famously demolished Rangers 4-1 at Ibrox, as well as stunning Spanish giants Sevilla at home 1-0.

Petrescu resigned after a disagreement with the Unirea board, and just weeks later arrived in Russia to take the reins at second division side Kuban Krasnodar. Having gained promotion in his first season with the club, Petrescu established Kuban as an ambitious, developing side in the Russian Premier League, leading them to a solid 8th placed finish before once again resigning, declaring his desire for a new challenge.

That came in the shape of fellow Russian side Dynamo Moscow, and Petrescu's men finished seventh in the table last season, which was slightly disappointing given the big money acquisitions of Balazs Dzsudzsak and Christian Noboa, but the duo arrived before Petrescu was appointed. He currently has his side in fifth place this season, but with a move to England in the pipeline, he seems ready to jump ship yet again.

His nomadic career somewhat resembles Michael Laudrup's before the Dane arrived at Swansea City, and he found stability in South Wales. Despite an impressive career for Petrescu so far, he's still yet to really settle at a club having resigned from a number of positions, but his credentials with lesser-fancied teams could make him an ideal candidate for Crystal Palace, should he wish to return to London.

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