Former United assiastant Carlos Queiroz has been appointed manager of Iran’s national side according to reports.
The Washington Post notes:
“Iran has appointed former Portugal manager Carlos Queiroz as its national soccer coach.
“Official IRNA news agency reported Monday that Queiroz has a three-year contract that will take him through to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The deal also involves him supervising Iran’s under-23 and youth sides.”
The perma-tanned Portuguese national boss has had two spells as Fergie’s assistant. After being in charge of the South African national side, and guiding them to the World Cup in 2002 he caught the eye of Sir Alex. His first spell came in 2002 when he helped United to regain the title from Arsenal. He left in the summer of 2003 to take charge of Real Madrid but struggled at the Bernabeu.
Claude Makelele had been sold under his nose and despite having a team full of Galacticos he failed to win any major honours and was sacked after one season. His return to Old Trafford started shakily as United failed to win any honours other than a solitary League Cup in the first two years. The 2006-07 season saw the emergence of a certain Cristiano Ronaldo as United regained the Premier League crown.
With the success of the 2008 double winning season, Queiroz’s star was again on the rise and this time he left United to take charge of the Portugese national side. The World Cup qualifying campaign started off badly for Portugal and they only eventually qualified via a play-off.
Portugal were knocked out the Wolrd cup by eventual winners Spain- no shame in that- and it looked as though Queiroz would keep his job. The perma-tanned one was suspended for six months in September last year for disrupting an anti-doping test before being sacked for Portugal’s poor start to the 2012 qualifying campaign.
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