Dynamo Moscow name Dan Petrescu as new manager

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Former Romania and Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu was yesterday named coach of Dynamo Moscow, three days after leaving fellow-Russian Premier League club Kuban Krasnodar.

Petrescu, 44, will soon sign a three-year-contract, Dynamo said on their 
official website (www.fcdynamo.ru).

He quit the provincial side from the Black Sea region on Tuesday, saying he needed a “new challenge”. He has also coached Rapid Bucharest, Wisla Krakov and Unirea Urziceni, who played Rangers in the group stages of the Champions League in 2009.

The Romanian replaces former Russia international Dmitry Khokhlov, who was named caretaker coach 11 days ago in place of Sergei Silkin following a dreadful start to the season. Silkin was in charge of Dynamo when they played the first leg of their Europa League clash with Dundee United earlier this month, a match that finished 2-2 at Tannadice. Khokhlov was put in charge of the second leg as the Russian club romped to a 5-0 win and 7-2 aggregate success.

Dynamo, the country’s oldest football club, are bottom of their domestic league after losing all four games without scoring a goal and conceding nine.

Yesterday, Dynamo also announced a front office reshuffling, naming former KGB general Gennady Solovyev as the club’s new president.

Khokhlov will coach Dynamo in tomorrow’s league game against Terek Grozny while Petrescu will begin his reign on Monday, the club added.