Jeonbuk, likely to appoint Petrescu as new head coach
K-League 1 Jeonbuk Hyundai has become influential in appointing manager Dan Petrescu (55), a former Premier League legend and technical advisor, Roberto Di Matteo (53).
An official from the soccer world told Xports News on the 30th, “We have decided and negotiated with coach Petrescu as the new coach,” and said, “We are currently working on detailed work such as issuing a work visa.”
Jeonbuk suffered poor performance at the beginning of the 2023 season, and on the 4th, manager Kim Sang-sik resigned voluntarily. Afterwards, head coach Kim Doo-hyun took over as acting manager.
As Jeonbuk progressed through the season under Kim’s acting system, technical director Park Ji-seong continued the work to recruit foreign leaders from Europe.
Jeonbuk, which was looking for a new coach for leaders active in Europe, negotiated with Pertercu, who was in charge of CFR Cluj in Romania’s first division, as the new head coach. An announcement is expected as soon as the work visa process is completed.
Petrescu is from Romania and played as a starting fullback for the Romanian national team from 1989 to 2000. He is a local legend who played 95 A matches.
On the professional stage, he started with Steaua Bucharest, went through Foggia and Genoa (Italy), and then played for Sheffield United, Chelsea, Bradford, and Southampton (England). He has played 215 matches for Chelsea. In 2002, he returned to his home league, the National, and retired a year later.
Petrescu has a relationship with Jeonbuk’s technical advisor, Roberto Di Matteo. The two were mates who joined Chelsea in 1996 and remained together until Petrescu moved to Bradford in 2000.
The two won the FA Cup (1996/97), the League Cup (1996/97), the UEFA (European Football Federation) Cup Winners’ Cup (1997/98) and the UEFA Super Cup (1998). 스포츠토토
As a leader, Petrescu has gone through Krasnodar, Dynamo Moscow (above Russia), and Al Arabi (Qatar), and has experience in Asia by coaching Jiangsu Suning in 2015 and Guizhou Hu (above China) in 2018.
Coach Petrescu, who has led Cluj three times, has won the Romanian league a total of five times and won the Chinese Super League in 2015 as a member of Jiangsu.