The former Romanian full-back is currently out of a job, having been sacked from Al-Arabi in December, and he confirmed to Sky Sports that he was approached by Nottingham Forest to become their manager.
Stuart Pearce left the club this past week, and former Bolton and Crystal Palace man Dougie Freedman was named as his replacement. 47-year-old Petrescu has admitted that a deal to take him to the City Ground was ’99 per cent’ complete, but turned down the job when he found out it was only until the end of the season.
The former Chelsea man has managed a number of clubs since retiring as a player in 2003, working extensively in his native Romania - notably with Rapid Bucaresti and Unirea Urziceni - as well as in Poland with Wisla Krakow and Russia with Dynamo Moscow. His last role with Al-Arabi saw him in charge for just 11 games over a six-month period, before he was sacked in December 2014 having won just three games.
The Mirror linked him with a move to the City Ground at the beginning of January, but with no confirmation from the club it was hard to tell if the stories were just rumours. However, he has since come out and confirmed the links to Sky Sports.
“Everyone knows that I had offers from Nottingham,” Petrescu was quoted as saying. “I had a clear offer, but the terms of the contract were not what I wanted. And the people there did not want to negotiate much.
“I wanted quickly, without discussing and [they] said we need to talk. So I talked about more, they decided to choose another coach.
“Let's say that everything was 99 per cent done, at one time I was ready to get my ticket to go to London. I think Nottingham is a team that suits me. I was offered the job but I turned it down. I loved the club, but couldn't sign for only three months.”