Forget Diego Maradona - Iran want Leicester's Sven Goran Eriksson!

10 December 2010 05:18
Iran are making a shock move to make Sven Goran Eriksson their next boss.

The former England manager only took over at ambitious npower Championship club Leicester in October, but that has not deterred Iran eyeing a coup.

Days after Argentina legend Diego Maradona was linked with the job, the Iran FA's head of recruitment Abbas Torabian told Eurosport: 'We would be very happy if we got Mr Eriksson. He has a lot of experience.'

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Current boss Afshin Ghotbi is set to leave after the Asian Cup in Qatar and Torabian added: 'We will decide after the Asian Championships who the new coach will be.

Get the latest world football news and views with Twitter'If we choose a foreigner I will be in charge of the recruitment. We have not met Mr Eriksson yet. There are too many newspapers in Iran, and they like to make things up.'

Excited speculation linking 50-year-old Maradona to the job came thanks to an apparent nod from the country's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a press conference recently, but Torabian said: 'One thing is for certain: the job will not be offered to Diego Armando Maradona.

'We would love to invite him and other great players to Iran. But we do not want him as our next national coach.'

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