Dan Petrescu: Can He Save FC Dynamo Moscow from Possible RPL Relegation?

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer IAugust 18, 2012

Dan Petrescu
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Dan Petrescu has just signed a three-year contract with Dynamo Moscow. According to an article which appeared in RIA Novosti, he takes over at a time of crisis for the club.

Dynamo Moscow started the Russian Premier League season with four consecutive losses. The club is currently in 16th place and owns the possibility of relegation if there is no improvement.

The losses lead to the resignation of Valery Gazzaev as coach as well as accusations against the club. Gazzaev accused the club's management of being "clueless" as to why the team is losing.

Petrescu said that he is up the challenge and is planning on a taking Dynamo Moscow to victory.


What can Petrescu do to save Dynamo Moscow from possible relegation?

For the immediate future, Petrescu is thinking about the matches against Terek Grozny and VfB Stuttgart. Dmitri Khokhlov will be serving as the coach in this Sunday's match between Dynamo and Terek Grozny.

Khokhlov is serving in this position since Petrescu is currently under a six-match ban. The reason was for shoving a referee during the match between FC Kuban Krasnodar (Petrescu's former club) and Dynamo Moscow (Petrescu's current club) last May.

In the meantime, Petrescu is preparing for his first match as coach. The UEFA Europa League match between Dynamo Moscow and VfB Stuttgart is expected to be a test as to what is in store for Petrescu.

Petrescu will probably hire for more members for his coaching staff and prepare the way after the Europa League match.


Dan Petrescu's Curriculum Vitae

According to Romanian Soccer, Petrescu has an impressive curriculum vitae (CV) which could help the club. Petrescu has been associated with clubs such as FC Steaua Bucuresti, FC Olt Scornicesti, Calcio Foggia, Genoa FC, Southhampton, Sheffield Wednesday and Chelsea.

Petrescu participated in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and the European Champions Cup. During his time with the EPL, Petrescu managed 24 goals within 215 matches.

In Serie A, it was eight goals within 79 matches. Petrescu also managed 27 goals within 139 matches in the Romanian League.

Petrescu managed (as published in The Saints Hub) Rapid Bucharest, FC Sportul Studentesc Bucharest, Wisla Krakow, Unirea Urziceni, before going to Kuban Krasnodar. Under Petrescu, Unirea Urziceni managed to win a Romanian League 1 title after defeating Steaua Bucuresti and Rapid Bucharest.


Can Dynamo Moscow Avoid Relegation from the RPL?

I personally do not know of any clubs that were saved from being relegated. Petrescu has his work cut out for him.

He has to turn Dynamo Moscow around and make it into a winning team. Petrescu needs the cooperation of management and the squad to make this happen.

It remains to be seen whether the Dynamo Moscow squad and management will help or hurt their club.