Carlos Queiroz unclear over his future in Iran

December 29, 2018 - 16:53

TEHRAN – Iran national football team head coach Carlos Queiroz says his future depends on what Team Melli will do at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Iran have been drawn in Group D of the competition along with Yemen, Vietnam and Iraq.

Team Melli will start the campaign with a match against Yemen on Jan. 7.

 Queiroz will look to end the country's 43-year Asian Cup title drought at the prestigious event.

Iran last lifted Asian football's most coveted trophy on home soil in 1976, when they completed the third leg of three consecutive championship wins that mark the country out as one of continent's most successful ever.

After Iran narrowly missed out on advancing from the group stage for a first time, Queiroz's demands for a new four-year contract were ignored by Iranian football authorities and doubts will remain over his future until the Asian Cup finishes.

Asked him about his future in Team Melli, the Portuguese said, “At the moment, I just concentrate on the AFC Asian Cup. We are going to win the title and make the Iranian people happy. My current contract runs until the AFC Asian Cup and the future is in God's hands.”

“The football coaches cannot decide their future because their future depend on the results they earn. At the moment, we concentrate on booking a place at the Asian Cup semis,” Queiroz stated.

“AFC Asian Cup is a difficult tournament and I think Australia, Japan and South Korea will most likely to qualify for the semis and the remaining teams must fight to advance to final four as the fourth team,” he concluded.