Iran have appointed former Portugal and Real Madrid boss Carlos Queiroz as their new manager.
Quieroz, 58, was also an assistant under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and will bring a wealth of experience into his new position.
The Portuguese signed a three-year-deal in Tehran on Monday and becomes the first non-Iranian to be given the national team job since Croatian Branko Ivankovic, who left the job in 2006.
It is believed that Queiroz agreed to sign with Iran in February, only to change his mind due to family reasons, but without a job since September, the Portuguese manager has finally signed on.
“I am here in Iran to help the team make it to the 2014 World Cup,” Queiroz said.
“This is my most important aim and I hope with everyone’s help we can make it. I know about expectations.”
“One thing I can tell you is that everyone thinks that they can reach the four and win the World Cup. But let’s be realistic. How many have won the World Cup? We need to plan for the near, mid and long terms.”
Queiroz is reported to be earning around 2 million US dollars a year to do the job and said he needs the support of the country’s coaches to succeed.
“You need to put together talent, organisation and order. The better you put them together, the more chances of success,” Queiroz said.
“Everything is open and I need the support of Iranian coaches. Coaching is about adaptation. If you can’t adapt, then you cannot work.”
“After working in different places, I have good chances of adapting in Iran. I worked with players from different continents. I dream of working on the moon.”
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