Manuel Jose Discusses his Reasons for Leaving Persepolis FC

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Written By Mohsen Salami

Manuel Jose, the former head coach of Persepolis FC, said on Thursday that he was treated unfairly in Iran. The Portuguese football manager penned a one-year contract with Tehran-based football club on 3 July 2012. However, his bad performance with the Iranian club led to his dismissal from Iran.

“I decided to end my partnership with Persepolis FC for financial problems. The club didn’t pay my wages at right time, and the officials of the team didn’t bother to help me on this type of issues. My lawyers have submitted legal complaints against Persepolis in FIFA, and we expect to take the officials of Reds to sports courts.” Manuel Jose said during a press-conference.

“In that time, I couldn’t tolerate the behavior of Royanian and his deputies. It seems they have also submitted files against me in FIFA. They say I was not in healthy conditions, however, I was completely okay during my presence in Iran.” Jose added.

The Portuguese coach went on to pay tribute to Egyptian football club, Al Ahli, by saying: “I’m very interested in ending my coaching career in Egypt. I had spent great times with the club and its lovely fans.” He had won CAF Champions League, CAF Super Cup, Egyptian Premier League, Egypt Cup and Egyptian Super Cup with Al-Ahly.

Mohammad Royanian, President of Perspolis FC, sacked Jose on 7 December 2012. Only after three days, Royanian appointed Yahya Golmohammadi as the new head coach of Reds. Golmohammadi used to work as assistant for Jose. He has managed to take the team to Iran’s Hazfi Cup final.