Queiroz to stay on as Iran boss as 2015 Asian Cup looms

David Cooper 11/09/2014
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Staying put: Queiroz was expected to leave Iran but has signed a contract extension.

Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz has accepted an offer to stay on as Iran national team boss and will lead the side to the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia where they have been drawn alongside the UAE in Group C.

Queiroz guided Iran at the World Cup finals in Brazil, but had said in June that he was ready to quit, claiming he had the support of neither the government nor the federation.

"The contract with the head coach of Iranian national football team will be signed before Monday, probably on Sunday," Abbas Torabian, head of the economic committee of Iran's football federation, told the ISNA news agency.

"Queiroz sent his positive response through email last night and he is supposed to travel to Iran as soon as possible to sign the contract."

The 61-year-old, a former assistant to Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, instilled discipline into an Iranian team which proved stubborn opponents in Group F, holding Nigeria and keeping eventual tournament runners-up Argentina scoreless until Lionel Messi struck in stoppage time.

The next big challenge for Queiroz and his Iran side takes place in January at the Asian Cup as the continent's best 16 nations vie for glory. Among the tests awaiting the former Real Madrid manager in Australia will be Mahdi Ali's UAE as well as Qatar and Bahrain in Group C.

Iran and the UAE will face each other in the final group game on January 19 at the Brisbane Stadium.

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