Dan Petrescu explains why he rejected Crystal Palace job in 2013

Steve Parish, Chairman of Crystal Palace is seen prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton at Selhurst Park on September 16, 2017 in London, England.

Crystal Palace are an established Premier League team under Roy Hodgson but how would things have panned out at Selhurst Park with Petrescu?

Dan Petrescu, head coach of CRF Cluj, in action during the game  during the UEFA Champions League 2019

Dan Petrescu has admitted to Telekom Sport that he had the chance to take over Crystal Palace before Tony Pulis took over at Selhurst Park.

A former Chelsea, Bradford City, Southampton and Sheffield Wednesday defender, Petrescu is now making a name for himself in the dugout after a lengthy playing career.

The 51-year-old Romanian has coached 13 clubs since making his managerial debut in 2003 and, after spells in China, Israel and Qatar, he is currently in the midst of a second spell at CFR Cluj.


The three-time Romania Coach of the Year returned to Cluj in 2018 and led them to the title before humiliating Celtic in front of their own Parkhead crowd with a famous 4-3 win during August’s Champions League qualification phase.

But it could have been oh so different if Petrescu had taken up the option to replace Neil Warnock at Selhurst Park all those years ago.

“I had an offer from Crystal Palace in the Premier League when the team had 4 points in 11 matches. The boss (Steve Parish) came, and I asked them ‘how is it that you have 4 points from 11 matches?’. He told me that he would extend my contract if I saved the team; otherwise, he’d replace me,” Petrescu said.

(CHINA OUT) Dan Petrescu, head coach of Jiangsu Suning, looks on during the Chinese Football Association Super League match between Henan Jianye and Jiangsu Suning at Zhengzhou Hanghai...

“At Dinamo Moscow, I had a good team, and I was high in the standings. It was difficult to go there to save the team.

“You are compromised if you go and get relegated from the Premier League. I didn’t go. Tony Pulis came in the same situation and saved the team!”

Crystal Palace are an established top flight team these days with 72-year-old Roy Hodgson still pulling up trees well past pensioner age. Petrescu, meanwhile, is doing pretty well for himself in Eastern Europe and Premier League offers will surely present themselves again if he continues to dominate Romanian football with Cluj.

Manager Roy Hodgson of Crystal Palace celebrates after Wilfred Zaha of Crystal Palace scores to make it 0-2 during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace at...

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