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News number: 9007272847

20:56 | 2011-11-10

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Persepolis Seeking to Hire Sven-Goran Eriksson

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Tehran giants, Persepolis Football Club, are keen to bring former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson to their club.



The Tehran giants are steadfast on attracting a big-name coach to the club as they try to turn their fortunes after an indifferent start to the 2011-12 season

Eriksson, 63, left Leicester last month and has been linked with a number of positions including that currently occupied by Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean.

However the Swede, who has been in charge of Ivory Coast, Mexico and Manchester City, is now top of the list for the Iranian side as current coach Hamid Estili is under pressure.

"Persepolis football club is going to sign a big coach," general manager Mohammad Ruyanian told MNA. "We have negotiated with Sven-Goran Eriksson and Bora Milutinovic as well as Mustafa Denizli. We have not reached an agreement with them yet."

Mohammad Ruyanian was appointed as the club's new general manager late last month and he is keen to replace Estili with a high-profile boss.

Milutinovic's last job was in the Iraq national team and he is most famous for being the only coach to ever take five different teams to five different World Cups.

Denizli left Turkish side Besiktas last year and has previously coached Pas Tehran and Persepolis in Iran.

However, last month Denizli denied he would be available to return to Persepolis due to contracts in Turkey.

Eriksson will certainly be favorite for the position.

Persepolis are currently seventh in the Iranian Pro League with four wins, four draws and four losses under Estili.