Former Sunderland and Leeds boss Peter Reid has rejected an offer to coach the Iranian national side.
Reid, who is currently out of work, claims he turned down a three-year deal to take charge of Iran.
Iran have been without a coach since the sacking of Amir Ghalenoei back in July.
"It's international football and they've got some decent players around Europe," the 51-year-old told the Asian Football Confederation website.
"Obviously I know Andranik (Teimourian) at Bolton and I like (Javad) Nekounam at Osasuna."
Reid is also reported to be in contention for the vacant manager's job at Burnley after holding talks with the Championship club.