Remember Adrian Mutu? The former Chelsea striker – banished by the Blues after testing positive for cocaine – has landed his first job in management.
Though certainly not a role model for footballers off the field, Dinano Bucharest have entrusted the Romanian to have a positive influence for their side on it.
Mutu has history at Dinamo, having scored 22 goals in 33 top-flight appearances during a spell at the club between 1998 and 2000.
He now takes up the role of general manager in what majority shareholder Ionut Negoita described as a bid to “lead us (Dimano) to a new standard of performance both domestically and in Europe”.
His career in football so far has been tarnished by controversy. Aside from the drug scandal he was involved with during his Chelsea tenure, two of the three league titles he won during his 20-year career were revoked due to allegations of match-fixing.
Mutu has worked hard to improve his image and has now been free of any drugs or cheating impropriety for a decade. While he holds office at Dimano we may well find the answer to the age-old question – can a leopard change its spots?