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Iran reinstates Dragan Skocic as National football team coach after firing him six days ago

Notably, the federation decided to fire Skocic on July 11 after Iran lost to Alegria in in a friendly match back in June

Ritesh Pathak Author

Updated - 18 July 2022 1:54 pm

Dragan Skocic

The Iranian Football Federation (IFF) fired Dragan Skocic from the post of the head coach of the National football team six days ago. But it seems the federation has changed its mind as they have decided to reinstate Skocic as the head coach of the national team. An IFF spokesperson confirmed on Sunday that the Croatian will lead Iran into November’s World Cup slated to be held in Qatar.

Amid all the chaos building up around Iran’s Group B matches against England, the United States and Wales, Ehsan Osuli said that there has been a change of hearts after the board of directors of IFF sat together and talked about Skocic’s sacking. Osuli also confirmed that the Croatian has his contract intact till the end of 2023 Asian Cup.

“The outcome of the meeting is that Dragan Skocic is the head coach of Iran’s national team and will continue to be so,” Osuli said. “He has a contract until the end of the 2023 Asian Cup.” The spokesperson also urged everyone to come together to elevate the name of the country on the global level. “We ask that the national team players, the media, ex-players and everyone unite for the common goal to elevate the name of Iran,” Osuli added.

Notably, the federation decided to fire Skocic on July 11 after Iran lost to Alegria in a friendly match back in June and there were reports of divisions in the team. However, the federation has changed its mind now as Skocic will be traveling with the squad for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The Croatian will have a few local coaches to aid him as well. Local coaches such as Ali Daei, Javad Nekounam, Amir Ghalenoi and Afshin Ghotbi had been shortlisted to lead Iran past the group stage in its sixth World Cup appearance.

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