Former Iran and Persepolis head coach Afshin Ghotbi was appointed as the new manager of the Persian Gulf Pro League side Foolad Khuzestan.
On Saturday, Ghotbi put pen to paper on a one-and-a-half year contract with the southern Iranian side.
The 54-year-old Iranian will be the fourth man to take charge of the two-time Iranian champion – ahead of the midseason break – following Sirous Pourmousavi, Romanian Ilie Stan and caretaker manager Aziz Farisat.
In his last spell in the Iranian league Ghotbi led Persepolis to a dramatic title with a memorable 2-1 victory over league leader Sepahan Esfahan on the final day of the season.
Having replaced Ali Daei at the Iranian national team midway through the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, Ghotbi – who was nicknamed “The Emperor” by the Persepolis’ fans – was sacked in January 2011 after a poor campaign at the AFC Asian Cup – which ended with a second-round defeat against South Korea.
The Iranian went on to work in Japan and Thailand before taking the job at Shijiazhuang Ever Bright Football Club at China League One in 2016.
Ghotbi’s first game on Foolad’s bench will be a massive away fixture against Tractorsazi Tabriz on December 13.
Foolad currently sits ninth in the table with 15 points.