The Iran Volleyball Federation is actively seeking a new head coach for its men’s national team, with six candidates in the running. The selection process has gained momentum as the federation’s president, Mohammadreza Davarzani, approaches the end of his four-year term, emphasizing the urgency to find the ideal candidate.
The shortlist includes notable international figures such as Vital Heynen from Belgium, Italians Gianlorenzo Blengini and Roberto Piazza, Russian Vladimir Alekno, and Iranian prospects Peyman Akbari and the legendary Saeid Marouf.
Davarzani highlighted the importance of choosing a coach with significant knowledge and experience in major competitions, as well as the ability to formulate in-depth game plans and strategies. In his interview, Davarzani emphasized that the federation’s negotiations aim to pinpoint the candidate most aligned with the Iranian team’s needs.
Despite concerns over Marouf’s lack of coaching experience, Davarzani pointed out that a history of coaching isn’t always a prerequisite for success. He cited Marouf’s exceptional qualities, influence, and leadership, which could potentially translate into a successful coaching career, much like in other cases within football and volleyball.
The urgency of this selection is underscored by Iran’s faltering chances to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics following disappointing performances in the 2023 FIVB Volleyball Nations League and Olympic qualifiers.