Iran former national team player and coach, Ebrahim Ghasempour has hit out at Carlos Queiroz and Roger de Sa’s replacement.
Queiroz took over as the Iran coach ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, bringing Roger de Sa as his assistant.
But with their contracts having expired after the World Cup, local fans have been wondering when will a new head coach be appointed.
The Iran FA has been mum about selecting the new coach, and Argentine coach Hector Cuper is a favorite candidate according to media reports.
“The Iran football federation faces financial crisis,” former national team player and coach, Ebrahim Ghasempour told Tehran Times.
“I think the financial crisis has led the Iran FA officials to make a weird decision about the national team. They select coaches who have failed in other teams,” he added.
Cuper is a former Valencia, Inter Milan and Democratic Republic Congo coach.
“Before the 2022 World Cup, the federation did the same about hiring Queiroz. He was a complete failure in Egypt and Colombia.
He was sacked from both teams, but our football federation suddenly fired the former head coach and gave him the chance to lead Iran in another World Cup,” he added.
“Now they are repeating their mistakes by thinking about coaches who are not expensive and are without a team right now, no matter how they performed in their recent teams.
“When you do not have enough money to hire big and well-known coaches, you should trust in hiring the skilled domestic coaches instead of unsuccessful foreign ones,” he concluded.