Iran have fired head coach Dragan Skocic four months before the soccer World Cup is set to begin.
IRNA, the national news agency, said on Monday the 53-year-old would not be taking the team to Qatar.
Asia’s top-ranked nation, at No.23, Iran are in Group B with England, Wales and the United States at the World Cup, which kicks off November 21.
Skocic started working with Iran’s national team in February 2020, replacing Marc Wilmots, and guided the team to top spot ahead of South Korea in the final round of Asian World Cup qualifying with eight wins, a draw and a loss.
The Croatian had spent seven years coaching in Iran’s domestic league before replacing Belgian Wilmots as Iranian manager. Skocic won 15 of his 18 matches while his last game in charge was a 2-1 friendly loss to Algeria on June 12.
The national federation has not announced a replacement.