National coach Hervé Renard is said to have reached an agreement with the Iranian Football Federation to take charge of the Iran team soon, the Iranian electronic newspaper Tehrantimes reports.
According to the same source who quotes people close to the president of the Iranian Football Federation, Mehdi Taj, the 50-year-old French coach will soon be introduced as the new head coach of the Team.
The Iranian selection has been coachless since the breakup with Carlos Queiroz in January 2019 after the loss to Japan in the Asian Cup semifinal.
The presence of Renard during the Iran-Japan match, held in January last, in the VIP stand of the Hazza Bin Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi, had indeed fueled the rumors. Several local media had said that Renard would be in the sights of Iranian officials.
However, FRMF President Fouzi Lekjaâ said in an interview with national radio last October that “the main goal for Renard is to win the African Cup of Nations”. “We have set the date of July 16, 2019, the day after the continental competition, for the evaluation of the work of the national coach, after which we will decide the fate of Fox with the Atlas Lions”, he assures. In addition, the “white wizard” is bound by a contract with the FRMF until 2022, something to comfort Moroccans.
Recall also that Renard recently announced the list of Atlas Lions convened for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, to be held in Egypt from June 21 to July 19.