German Turkish coach Firat rules out move to Esteghlal hot-seat

Tehran Times - German Turkish coach Engin Firat says no Esteghlal official has contacted him so far.

The Iranian Blues are searching new head coach after parting company with Alireze Mansourian last Wednesday.

Mansourian quit as Esteghlal coach after a string of dire results this season in Iran Professional League.

Under guidance of Mansourian, Esteghlal sit rock bottom of the table with five points from seven matches.

“Only some agents called me but Esteghlal officials have not contacted me,” Firat told Tehran Times.

The Tehran based football club have also negotiated with Fatih Terim in the last few days but the former Turkey national football team coach has not answered yet.

Former Bayer Leverkusen coach Christoph Daum is among the candidates to be appointed as Esteghlal coach.

Brazilian coach Sergio Ricardo de Paiva Farias, who won the AFC Champions League title with Pohang Steelers in 2009, and Italian Walter Zenga are on the list.

Firat has worked in three Iranian clubs, namely Sepahan, Saipa and Gostaresh.

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