Carlos Queiroz demands improved preparation from Iran ahead 2018 World Cup.
Iran manager Carlos Queiroz has told football authorities in Iran that he doesn’t mind losing his job, if they don’t accept his demands.
The Asian side have the toughest set of opponents in the group stage, having been grouped with Spain, Portugal and Morocco.
The former Real Madrid coach has told the powers that be to sack him if they are not prepared to listen to his urgent request for improvements in the build up to Russia 2018.
“I’m here to say Iran needs a special local preparation,” the 64-year-old said in a video posted on his official Facebook page.
“I don’t care about the threats and what they have been trying to do to stop me talking. The Iranians fans deserve a special World Cup preparation. We need to implement a special preparation to bring honour and pride.
“They can fire me, I don’t care, but it’s time to express my opinion because the Iranian fans deserve that and the players deserve full support to be ready to compete in this competition.”
Queiroz has been vocal in his criticism of the Iranian football federation since his team became the first Asian nation to qualify for the finals.
His chief concern centres on the fitness of his Iran-based players and the quality of the opposition the country will face in the build-up to the World Cup final. Queiroz has continually urged the federation and the government about the need to increase their financial support of the team.
In a later post on Facebook, Queiroz called for a united front as the Iranians prepare for the World Cup.
“We have the same dream and goal: to bring joy and pride for Iran football family,” he said.
“After seven years of services and commitment in Iran, after a long coaching career, I will never compromise my professional believes and my personal values.
“This is not time for arguments, debates, divisions or controversies. This is time for harmony, commitment, team work and delivery. This is time to be united, not to create divisions and suspicions. This is time to show trust and confidence. It is time to sign for commitment and support.