Carlos Queiroz is officially out of the running for the Leeds United head coach job, having agreed to sign a new contract with the Iran national team.
Former Manchester United coach Queiroz, who spent five successful years as Alex Ferguson’s assistant manager at Old Trafford, has been head of the Iranian national football team since 2011.
The 61-year old, who has also managed Real Madrid and the Portuguese national team during his long career, is commonly regarded as one of the key factors in Cristiano Ronaldo’s development, with the former helping the latter become the player he is today.
Despite his impressive spells with the Red Devils, and in the international set-up, he has won little in the club game, claiming just three domestic trophies through his career.
However, his lack of awards failed to put off Leeds President Massimo Cellino, who highlighted Queiroz as a target for the vacant head coach role at Elland Road. Whilst many Whites fans may have been dismayed to have seen a Man United favourite appointed in charge of their club, there is no denying that he is held in high regard by numerous coaches throughout world football, and he could work wonders at Championship level.
The links to the ageing coach died down in the last few days, and now Queiroz has officially ruled himself out of the running - having agreed to extend his contract with Iran, whom he took to the Finals tournament of the 2014 World Cup.
Quoted by the International Business Times, head of the economic committee of the Iranian Football Federation, Abbas Torabian, said that Queiroz had accepted the extension, and is due to sign a new contract in the coming days.
"The contract with the head coach of Iranian national football team will be signed before Monday, probably on Sunday,” he said.
"Queiroz sent his positive response through email last night and he is supposed to travel to Iran as soon as possible to sign the contract.”
Despite one manager being out of the picture, Cellino appears no closer to appointing a full-time head coach, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Dominic Matteo and current caretaker boss Neil Redfearn all in high contention.