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Sepahan Eyes Ivankovic as Replacement for Ghalenoei

Sepahan Ivankovic

Tasnim – Sepahan football club wants to hire Branko Ivankovic as Amir Ghalenoei’s replacement, the Iranian club’s spokesman said.

Ghalenoei stepped down as coach of Sepahan Monday night after his team failed to book a place in Iran’s Hazfi Cup semifinals.

The decision means Sepahan will need to act quickly to find a replacement, not only for its two remaining Iran Professional League matches, but for the AFC Champions League resumption.

Ghalenoei walks away from Sepahan as a five-time league champion, winning a total of three titles as Esteghlal boss and a further two across two stints with Sepahan.

He also led Iran at the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, where they were eliminated on penalties by Korea Republic in the quarter-finals.

Sepahan finished second in the 2018-19 Iran Pro League campaign, but a poor run of recent results has seen the club drop to fifth place with two matches remaining this season.

The club has won just once in its past eight matches, suffering defeats in the last three outings.

“We have negotiated with 10 coaches for the empty seat and Ivankovic is also among them,” Ali Pezeshk said.

Ivankovic, now at the helm of Oman national football team, inspired Persepolis to seven titles in Iran football.

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