Dan Petrescu explains why he rejected Crystal Palace job in 2013

The manager of the Romanian CFR Cluj team, 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, according to HITC.com.

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.

“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!”.

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