Iran’s Persepolis is closing in on naming Argentine manager Gabriel Calderon as the new head coach, rumors suggest.
After weeks of speculation surrounding the Reds’ vacant job, following manager Branko Ivankovic’s abrupt departure, it is believed that the Persian Gulf Pro league champion will announce the appointment of the 59-year-old within next two days.
The ex-Argentine international was shortlisted for the job along with Italian Massimo Carrera, former Croatia manager Ante Cacic and Takis Lemonis, ex-manager of Greek giant Olympiacos.
Should Calderon be confirmed as the Persepolis manager, he will face a mammoth task of replacing Croatian Ivankovic who led the club to three consecutive league titles – including last season’s domestic double – and a 2018 AFC Champions League runner-up finish during his four-year spell in charge.
Calderon guided Saudi Arabia to the 2006 World Cup Finals – following an unbeaten campaign at the Asian qualifiers – but was sacked before the finals after a defeat against Iraq at the West Asian Games in December 2005.
The Argentine – a member of the national side which lost to West Germany in the 1990 World Cup final – also had successful stints at Suadi giants Al Ittihad and Al Hilal between 2008 and 2011, steering the former to the 2009 AFC Champions League final where his side suffered a 2-1 defeat in the final against South Korea’s Pohang Steelers.
Calderon was last in charge of the QSL side Qatar SC where he lost his job after seven defeats in first nine games of the 2017-2018 season.