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Scotland job interests Petrescu

Dan Petrescu
Petrescu would talk to the SFA about becoming the new Scotland boss

Dan Petrescu has admitted he would like the opportunity to replace George Burley as Scotland manager.

The former Chelsea defender indicated that he would discuss the option with the SFA, but only if they contact him.

He said: "If someone was to ask if I'm interested I would talk to them because any national team job is a big honour.

"They would have to give me a call because I am not the type of person to approach them and say, 'listen I want to have this job'."

The former Romanian international recently masterminded Unirea Urziceni's 4-1 Champions League defeat of Rangers at Ibrox and is within a point of taking the Romanian champions into the last 16 of the tournament in their first foray into European competition.

Petrescu took over the team as they struggled in their first season in the Romanian top division.

During his playing career he reached the highest level in Italy and England, was runner-up in the European Cup, earned nearly 100 caps for his country and competed at two World Cups.

Petrescu said he is willing to discuss the possibility of leading the Scots into the European Championship qualification that begins next September.

"If someone really wants me, I'm there to talk to them because a job like the Scotland national team manager is an important one," said the former Stamford Bridge star.

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo said last week he would hold talks with the Scottish Football Association about succeeding George Burley as Scotland boss.

"If somebody comes to the club and asks for permission to discuss with me, we can discuss, definitely," said Laszlo.

Laszlo, who has been at Tynecastle since July 2008, said Scotland could benefit from a foreign manager.

The SFA says the search for Burley's successor is under way but stressed it would not rush into making an appointment.

Along with several others, Rangers manager Walter Smith has ruled himself out returning for a second spell in charge of Scotland, with Dundee United boss Craig Levein the favourite to succeed Burley.

You can hear BBC Radio Scotland's exclusive interview with Petrescu on Thursday's Sportsound during Chick Young's World of Football from 1900 GMT.

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