Iranian giants Perspolis has confirmed the appointment of former Benfica, Sporting Lisbon and Al Ahly boss Manuel José de Jesus Silva, as the new coach of the club after the two sides have agreed a one-year deal.
The 66-year-old Portuguese, who last worked with Egyptian club Al Ahly, before he left for home in the aftermath of the tragic events earlier this year after his players and fans were brutally attacked by fans in Al Masry Stadium in Port Said.
Manuel Jose departure from Al Ahly was following much success with Al Ahly including six league titles and a third place finish at the 2006 Fifa Club World Cup.
The Portuguese has previously worked in West Asia with Saudi Arabian outfit Al Ittihad, however he last little more than six months with the club. Manuel Jose replaces Turkish boss Mustafa Denizli who quit Persepolis last month due to personal reasons. Bruno Metsu and Gabriel Calderon had also been linked with the position.
The nine-time Iranian champions endured a difficult 2011-12 campaign, finishing down in 12th spot and bowing out of the AFC Champions League at the Round of 16. This was the lowest ever ranking of the Tehran giants in its illustrious history.
The appointment of Manuel José takes extra significant as Perspolis has acquired the service of many Team Melli players including Jalal Hosseini & Mohsen Bengar (ex-Sepahan), Hossein Mahini . Shehab Gordan & Mohammad Ghazi (ex-Zob Ahan).
Rumors are already rife that the two Portuguese coaches do not see eye to eye and have some previous history of differences. It is remain to be seen if such alleged difference will affect the players and Team Melli preparation for the next match against Lebanon in September.
Manuel José is on a US$ 1.2 Million contract.