EXCLUSIVE: The Iranian FA has expressed an interest in hiring Sven-Goran Eriksson as national team boss but played
down reports linking Diego Maradona with the role.
Abbas Torabian, head of recruitment for the Iranian FA, has told Eurosport that the search for a replacement for current incumbent Afshin Ghotbi – who will remain in charge until the conclusion of the January Asian Cup in Qatar – is underway.
And Eriksson, who has recently taken a position with Championship side Leicester City, is firmly in the frame.
“We would be very happy if we got Mr Eriksson,” Torabian said. “He has a lot of experience.”
Eriksson, after a glittering career managing club sides across Europe, also had spells in charge of England, Mexico and the Ivory Coast.
Despite their interest, Torabian says that the Swede has yet to be contacted about the position.
“We will decide after the Asian Championships who the new coach will be,” he explained. “If we choose a foreigner I will be in charge of the recruitment. We have not met Mr Eriksson yet. There are too many newspapers in Iran, and they like to make things up.”
Maradona, who led Argentina to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, had been reported in the Iranian press as a candidate for the job, but Torabian denied that there was any truth in the stories.
“One thing is for certain: the job will not be offered to Diego Armando Maradona despite rumours that say otherwise,” added Torabian.
“We have not met Maradona either; and I want to make it clear that we would love to invite him and other great players to Iran.
“But we do not want him as our next national coach.”
فدراسیون فوتبال ایران رسماً از ابراز تمایل خود در به خدمت گرفتن اریکسون” به عنوان سر مربی تیم ملی فوتبال ایران خبر داد، و در ضمن شایعات مربوط به استخدام “مارادونا” را تکذیب کرد.
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