Iran head coach announces decision to quit

Carlos Queiroz has announced his decision to quit coaching Iran’s national football team, citing failure to agree on financial terms with Iranian football authorities.

The former Portugal coach announced the decision on Wednesday following Iran’s 1-3 2014 World Cup defeat against Bosnia and Herzegovina at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador.

“It’s been an honor for me to work for Iran. I’ve fallen in love with the country. But you can’t have a marriage when only one side wants to commit,” he said.

“I showed my commitment and credibility, but I did not see any commitment to extend the contract,” said the 61-year-old.

“We pushed ourselves to the limit, mentally and physically and I’m very, very proud of them. We were exhausted after the Argentina game, but we fought for 90 minutes,” he said, referring to Team Melli’s 0-1 loss to the South American team in the previous confrontation.

Addressing the clash against Bosnia, he had said on Tuesday, “…The day we left Tehran we knew, everybody knows, everybody knew that. We didn’t come here to win the trophy. Nobody expect that from us. Nobody demand that from Iran. But we raised our expectations; we raised our dreams trying to qualify the team for the next round.”

Queiroz, who sported performing as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant manager at Manchester United in his track record, and was considered the discoverer of the Portuguese “Golden Generation” in the early 1990s, took Team Melli’s lead in 2011 to steer it towards the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

By Press TV


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