Sepahan name ex-Croatia tactician Stimac as new boss

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Manager of the Croatian national football team Igor Stimac gestures during the 2014 World Cup, Group A qualifying football match between Scotland and Croatia at Hampden Park in Glasgow on October 15, 2013.  Scotland won 2-0.  AFP PHOTO/IAN MACNICOL        (Photo credit should read Ian MacNicol,Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)

Iranian side have appointed former Croatia head coach as their new team tactician.

The 48-year-old has taken charge of the Persian Gulf League outfit on a deal until the end of the season.

Stimac, who has had brief spells in charge of Croatian top flights Hajduk Split and NK Zagreb, joined the Sepahan after the team recently parted company with previous head coach Hossein Faraki.

The Isfahan-based club are the reigning Iranian domestic top tier league champions and currently sit sixth in the table, five points off the top behind leader Esteghlal.