June 7, 2018 / 11:33 AM / a year ago

Soccer: Former Chelsea player Petrescu named Guizhou head coach

Football - Chelsea v Steaua Bucharest - UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matchday Six Group E - Stamford Bridge, London, England - 11/12/13 Former Chelsea player Dan Petrescu at half time Mandatory Credit: Action Images / John Sibley Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Former Chelsea midfielder Dan Petrescu has been appointed head coach of Chinese Super League strugglers Guizhou Zhicheng.

Petrescu, who previously worked in China as head coach of Jiangsu Suning, replaces Spaniard Gregorio Manzano, the club announced on Thursday.

Guizhou are currently bottom of the Chinese Super League standings with four points having picked up just one win in the first 11 games of the season.

The Chinese Super League is taking a two-month break during the World Cup finals in Russia and will resume on July 17, with Petrescu’s first game scheduled one day later against defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande.

Capped 95 times by Romania between 1989 and 2000, the 50-year-old Petrescu has coached in six countries.

Last month he led CFR Cluj to the Romanian league title in his first season in charge.

Reporting by Michael Church; additional reporting by Angel Krasimirov; editing by Jason Neely

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