RTBF.be – TEHRAN, According to Iranian sources, Marc Wilmots is about to become the new coach of Iran.
A few days ago, the President of the Iranian Federation traveled to Turkey to meet the emissaries of the former coach of the Red Devils (2012-2016) and Côte d’Ivoire (2017). Negotiations have been conducted and are about to be completed shortly.
Marc Wilmots would ask for $ 1,500,000 a year, as well as two Belgian assistants.
For its part, the Iranian Federation would like Wilmots to accept an Iranian deputy in his staff (probably Javad Nekounam, former international and captain of Team Melli, and former player of Osasuna in Spanish Liga).
If the deal is done, Marc Wilmots (who was not the first choice, the Iranian federation including approaching Julen Lopetegui, Hervé Renard or Dick Advocaat) would become the successor of the Portuguese Carlos Queiroz who, during his tenure at the head of the Iranian selection between 2011 and 2019 qualified for two World Cups in 2014 and 2018.
Queiroz had resigned after Iran was eliminated in the semifinals of the Asian Nations Cup in January. He now leads the Colombian selection.
Marc Wilmots has been unemployed since November 2017 and Ivory Coast’s non-qualification for the Russian World Cup.