Anghel Iordanescu, the head coach that led Romania to its best performance in history in 1994 (World Cup quarterfinals), and Gheorghe Hagi, the team’s skipper at that time, could take over the national team after Razvan Lucescu’s resignation.
The Romanian Football Federation issued the following communiqué on Sunday evening: “Today, June 5, Mr. Razvan Lucescu has reconfirmed his resignation, the decision being final and irrevocable. In these conditions, taking advantage of the fact that they were in Bucharest, the FRF President met Mr. Anghel Iordanescu and Mr. Gheorghe Hagi and proposed to them to become the national team’s technical director and head coach respectively. The two were asked to analyze the offer and to give an answer by June 13.”
Citing federal sources, gsp.ro claims that Gheorghe Hagi and Anghel Iordanescu have already accepted the proposal but Hagi did not confirm: “Yes, I’ve met Mircea Sandu and, along with Anghel Iordanescu, I’m analyzing the Federation’s offer,” Hagi stated according to prosport.ro.
Although he is unwilling to give up his seat in Parliament in order to take the new job offered by the FRF, Anghel Iordanescu states that the FRF President’s proposal is “particularly interesting.”
“I’ve met Mircea Sandu, I’ve told him I cannot give up my seat in Parliament and he isn’t against me doing both things. We will look for a solution together. I believe that Sandu’s project is particularly interesting. It’s a four-year project whose goal is to qualify for EURO 2016. Basically, apart from creating a competitive team, we have to take care of everything that has to do with national teams,” Iordanescu explained on sport.ro.
On Saturday the national team left for South America where it will play friendlies against Brazil (June 8) and Paraguay (June 11). The team left without its head coach, being led by Stefan Iovan (assistant coach) and Emil Sandoi (U-21 head coach).
Razvan Lucescu announced his resignation on Saturday morning, the day after Romania defeated Bosnia in Group D of the EURO 2012 qualifiers, score 3-0. That same day, FC Rapid owner George Copos announced that he reached a deal with Razvan Lucescu who signed a four-year contract.