Sitting fourth in the Premier League with a win over Manchester United under their belts, it’s fair to say life is quite rosy for Crystal Palace at this point.
They’ve got a relatively settled squad, even Wilfried Zaha has vowed to focus on his football, and a manager who knows what he’s doing in the Premier League.
Roy Hodgson has been nothing short of superb for Palace, stabilising the club and cleaning up the wreckage left behind by Frank de Boer.
The Dutchman proved to be a disastrous appointment for the club, joining a list of dubious manager decisions the club have made over the last decade or more.
Another who may have ended up on the extensive list of Crystal Palace managers is Dan Petrescu.
He was recently discussing whether he could end up managing an English club someday and revealed once he had the chance to take charge at Selhurst Park but decided to stay where he was.
“I had an offer from Crystal Palace in the Premier League when the team had 4 points in 11 matches,” he told Telekom Sport.
“The boss came, and I asked them ‘how is it that you have 4 points from 11 matches?’. He told me that he would extend my contract if I saved the team; otherwise, he’d replace me.
“At Dinamo Moscow, I had a good team, and I was high in the standings. It was difficult to go there to save the team.
“Instead, the coach who went there managed to keep them in the Premier League. You have to be lucky to get a better team.
“You are compromised if you go and get relegated from the Premier League. I didn’t go. Tony Pulis came in the same situation and saved the team!”