Petrescu leaves Dinamo Moscow
Dinamo Moscow coach Dan Petrescu has left his post by mutual consent, the Russian side have announced.
The Romanian joined the club in August 2012 on a three-year deal, helping them turn around a dismal start to the season and eventually finish seventh in that campaign.
He had been linked with a departure last November when there was a vacancy at Premier League side Crystal Palace, only for the job to go to former Stoke manager Tony Pulis.
However, results have lacked consistency this campaign and a 4-0 defeat to bottom club Anzhi Makhachkala at the weekend signalled the end of the road for the former Chelsea full-back, with the club eight points behind leaders and city rivals Lokomotiv Moscow.
With Dan Petrescu sacked by Dinamo Moscow, 13 out of 16 Russian Premier League clubs changed coaches this season. Some record! @ESPNFC— Michael Yokhin (@Yokhin) April 8, 2014
A statement on Dinamo's website read: "A team meeting was held on Tuesday and, as a result, the club has announced the termination of Dan Petrescu's contract by mutual consent." sporting director Guram Adzhoev said.
"Last year, Dan pulled the team out of a difficult position and took us to a certain level, but recently that progress has stalled. We need to move forward.
"We thank Petrescu for his work and wish him good luck in his future career."
Adzhoev also announced that talks are under way with former Spartak and Lokomotiv coach Stanislav Cherchesov, adding: "Hopefully, we will be able to present him as the head coach in the near future."