Iranian Football Coaching Troubles

TEHRAN, April 16 (Xinhua) — With less than five months until the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, the Football Federation of Iran faces a real dilemma over selecting the next coach of its national team, Team Melli, the Tehran Times daily reported on Tuesday.

Iran are looking for a new coach after they did not renew Carlos Queiroz’s contract at the end of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, where the Portuguese failed to end Iran’s 43-year title drought in the continent’s competition.

Soon after, big names including Zinedine Zidane, Jose Mourinho, Laurent Blanc and Zlatko Dalic were mentioned as a replacement for the ex-Real Madrid coach in the vacant Iran job.

Now, media reports suggest that Jurgen Klinsmann and Herve Renard are candidates to take charge of Team Melli and none of them have refused to rule themselves out of the Iran job so far.

President of Iran’s Football Federation, Mehdi Taj, has said the new coach will be introduced before the friendly match against South Korea, slated for June 7.


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