Razvan Lucescu was named as the new coach of Romania, replacing Victor Piturca who was sacked at the start of the month.
The new boss, 40, was handed the job of overseeing Romania's qualification to UEFA EURO 2012 after comfortably winning the vote to elect a new manager taken by the Romania Football Federation's executive committee. "It's a great honour, I'm very proud, one month ago I never dreamt of becoming the national coach," said Lucescu who is also the boss of Romanian first division side FC Brasov.
With Romania's chances of making the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ rated as "zero" by the FRF after a string of poor results, Lucescu said he only had one objective. "It's obvious to everyone, the aim is to qualify for the EURO," he said.
Media reports suggest Lucescu's two-and-a-half year contract comes with an annual salary of 250,000 euros. Lucescu is the son of Mircea Lucescu, the coach of Ukrainian UEFA Cup semi-finalists Shakhtar Donetsk. He began his coaching career with Brasov in 2003 before moving to Rapid Bucharest in 2004. Despite guiding Rapid to the Romania Cup title in 2006 and 2007 the former goalkeeper subsequently rejoined Brasov.
Piturca, 53, was sacked on April 9 by the FRF with Romania lying second-bottom of European Zone South Africa 2010 qualifying group seven, eight points behind leaders Serbia with five matches remaining.