Andrea Stramaccioni quits as Esteghlal coach

Tasnim – Andrea Stramaccioni has resigned as coach of Esteghlal after the Iranian football club failed to respect contractual obligations.

The Italian coach has lauded the Esteghlal fans in a letter but has said he was forced to leave the club.

“I would like to take this opportunity for thanking all the First Team’s players as well as the rest of the staff for the excellent performances and professional cooperation which have permitted the Team to reach the top of the ranking despite all the difficulties of these past months. Last but not least , the Coach would like to say a big big thank to the really amazing fans of Esteghlal FC for their unique and unbelievable support during all this period and wish them to reach with their beloved team all the successes which they deserve, with the heart broken I was forced to leave hoping to be together again one day in the future,” Stramaccioni said.

Stramaccioni assistant Javad Zarincheh has been named as Esteghlal’s interim coach.

He will lead Esteghlal in the match against Paykan on Monday.