TEHRAN (Iran News) – The Persian Gulf Pro League runner-up Esteghlal has made a new attempt to lure back former Italian manager Andrea Stramaccioni, according to the Italian website gianlucadimarzio.com.
Stramaccioni, 44, stepped down from his role as the Blues head coach last December – after six months into his job – over a financial dispute with the club.
The Italian website said that Esteghlal CEO Ahmad Sa’adatmand traveled to Rome last week to offer a new one-year contract to the ex-Inter manager.
Stramaccioni, the website wrote, is now taking a few days before replying to the Iranian club’s offer.
The news of Esteghlal negotiating with Stramaccioni led to a rollercoaster of events for the Tehran giant, which will have to play Tractor in the Hazfi Cup final on Thursday.
Blues’ manager Farhad Majidi, who replaced the Italian last January, resigned via an Instagram post after his team beat archrival Persepolis in the penalty shootouts in the Hazfi Cup semifinals last Wednesday, slamming the club’s decision to negotiate with Stramaccioni on the eve of the Tehran derby.
Majidi, however, overturned his decision on Friday, insisting Thursday’s final will be his last game as Esteghlal’s boss.
Iran Football Federation last week had banned all Iranian clubs from acquiring new foreign players and coaches.
- source : Iran Daily