Reports that Diego Maradona is keen to manage Iran are wide of the mark as the former Argentina boss prepares to visit the country.
Iran manager Afshin Ghotbi says that he will leave his post after the 2011 Asian Cup in January, with rumours that Frank Rijkaard could take over quashed by the Iran Football Federation.
Iran coach Afshin Ghotbi has called on Chinese officials to be impartial in their next 2010 World Cup qualifier, saying poor officiating led to a 1-0 upset loss to hosts China.
A soccer game between the United States and Iran this fall could be in the works.
New Iran coach Afshin Ghotbi is confident he can turn the nation's World Cup qualifying fortunes around and take Team Melli to next year's finals in South Africa.
Afshin Ghotbi has been hired to take charge of Iran's troubled national side, becoming the team's third coach in the space of three weeks.
Iran head coach Mohammad Mayelikohan resigned on Tuesday after just two weeks in charge of the team, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Ali Daei, the world's all-time highest international goalscorer, has been sacked as Iran coach after his team's 2-1 defeat by Saudi Arabia in World Cup qualifying, state media reported on Sunday.
Iran stayed top of Group E with a goalless draw against Thailand and Australia were held to a 0-0 draw with Indonesia in Asian Cup qualifying on Wednesday.
Iran captain Karim Bagheri is remaining cautious ahead of the Asian Cup qualifying contest with Singapore in Tehran on Wednesday.