Carlos Queiroz officially resigned as coach of Iran’s national team following their 3-1 loss on Tuesday to Sweden.
Despite signing a contract extension through the 2018 World Cup following Iran’s quarter final finish in January’s Asian Cup, the Portuguese coach found himself in rocky territory following changes in Iranian football’s leadership.
The 62-year-old had initially been prevented from leaving the country for Iran’s friendlies against Sweden and Chile after it was claimed he owed unpaid taxes.
“After four years of work with the national team, I am proud of the team and the individual players,” the former Real Madrid said in a statement issued through the Iran Football Federation. “I’m sad to leave the team, but that’s life and I’m happy to be moving forward.”
The resignation leaves Iran, who currently occupy the Asian Football Confederation’s top spot in the FIFA World Rankings, with roughly two months to find a replacement coach before joint qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup begin in June.