Dick Advocaat linked with Iran job: report

April 29, 2019 - 12:30

TEHRAN - Veteran Dutch coach Dick Advocaat is the latest big name to be linked with the Iran job.

According to Scottish newspaper The Sunday Post, Iranian football federation want to take the 71-year-old as their national coach when he stands down from his role as FC Utrecht head coach in June.

The Dutch also is in the frame to succeed Alex McLeish as Scotland coach, who was sacked earlier this month.

Advocaat was successful as a football player and as a coach, including three stints with the Netherlands national team.

He has coached a number of clubs in the Netherlands and abroad (including the Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg, with which he won the 2008 UEFA Cup Final), as well as the national teams of a number of countries, including South Korea, Belgium and Russia.

His nickname is "The Little General", a reference to his mentor Rinus Michels.

Iran are without coach after parting ways with Carlos Queiroz in late January.

The Portuguese coach stood down after nearly eight years as Team Melli coach following his team’s 3-0 loss to Japan in the semi-finals of the Asian Cup.

Morocco French coach Herve Renard also is a candidate to take charge of Iran national football team.

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