Crystal Palace miss out on Karanka as Petrescu becomes new favourite for manager role

PUBLISHED: 15:45 14 November 2013 | UPDATED: 15:45 14 November 2013

Former Chelsea player Dan Petrescu has emerged as the favourite to become the new Crystal Palace boss.

Former Chelsea player Dan Petrescu has emerged as the favourite to become the new Crystal Palace boss.

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Former Chelsea full-back Dan Petrescu is the latest name linked with the vacant Crystal Palace manager’s role, after The Eagles missed out on former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka.

The Spaniard was appointed Middlesbrough manager yesterday despite rumours of talks at Selhurst Park.

Romanian Petrescu, currently in charge at Dynamow Moscow, in Russia, has emerged as the new favourite to take the Palace top job - following Iain Moody’s appointment as sporting director at the weekend.

The former Blues defender also played for Bradford City, Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton during his time in English football. He made 95 caps for the national team before taking over at Sportul Studentesc, in Romania, a decade ago.

During his 10 years on the touchline, Petrescu has won the Romanian league and Russian first division, as well as finishing runners-up in the Polish league with Wisla Krakow in 2006.

Ladbrokes are offering odds of 6/4 for his appointment in SE25, but Wales boss Chris Coleman remains strongly linked - as is former Palace boss Ian Dowie.

Crystal Palace return to Premier League action on November 23 when they travel to Hull City for what could be their new manager’s first tie.

They remain bottom of the Premier League, but picked up their first point since August on Saturday after a 0-0 draw with Everton.

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