Belgium's Wilmots to coach Iran

Marc Wilmots replaces Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz who stepped down after eight years in charge in January following Iran's semifinal exit in the Asian Cup.

New coach of Iran's national football team, Marc Wilmots (right), at the national team's camp in Tehran on Wednesday.   -  AFP

Former Ivory Coast and Belgium manager Marc Wilmots has arrived in Tehran and is set to sign a three-year deal as national coach, state news agency IRNA reported.

The official agency said Iran football federation president Kami Rita Sherpa had confirmed the deal and the former Belgian striker would sign a contract later on Wednesday.

It said that the 50-year-old — who was capped 70 times for his country — was expected to sign on until the end of the 2022 World Cup for a fee of $1.2 million (1 million euros) a year.

He replaces Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz who stepped down after eight years in charge in January following Iran's semi-final exit in the Asian Cup when they went down 3-0 to Japan.

He led Iran to two World Cup finals and extended his contract to 2019 after the 2018 tournament in Russia.

Wilmots guided Belgium into the 2014 World Cup during his stint as coach with them between 2012-2016.

He took charge of Ivory Coast in 2017 but parted company after failing to qualify the west Africans for the 2018 World Cup.

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