Queiroz quits Iran job

The Portuguese signed a contract in September committing himself to the country until World Cup 2018 but has now decided to depart

Carlos Queiroz has left his position as Iran head coach after four years at the helm.

The ex-Real Madrid boss took charge in April 2011 and led the nation to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Iran also made the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup in Australia earlier this year, where they were defeated on penalties by Iraq.

Queiroz, a former Manchester United assistant coach, had signed a contract extension in September committing himself to the job until the 2018 World Cup.

However, following a 3-1 friendly defeat to Sweden on Tuesday, the Portuguese has opted to bring an end his tenure.

"After four years of work with the national team, I am proud of the team and the individual players," Queiroz said.

"Now I am sad to leave the team, but that's life and I'm happy to be moving forward."