In less than two months, the games of the final round of qualifying will start. But at least three national team of the Group A still do not know who their coach will be.
Yesterday, Iraq’s coach Srečko Katanec announced that his contract suddenly interrupted by the Iraqi Federation. The situation between the two sides was damaged by the unpaid salaries. Iraq are now looking to replace him — most likely a coach from Europe or South America.
Few days after the end of the round 2, Syria’s coach Nabil Maaloul have announced his decision to unilaterally terminated the contract due to the fact that all the coaching staff had not received any money for 6 months. The Syrian Football Federation have still not appoint a replacement.
Concerning Lebanon, the situation is quite different. The Lebanese Football Association and Jamal Taha are on good terms. However, according to many sources, the federation is looking to replace the later with a foreign coach. If they don’t find a suitable replacement, Jamal Taha will stay.
Some rumors have emerged saying that Iranian Federation wants to replace Dragan Skocic. But this week, they announce that he will remain the head coach of the team.
Concerning the UAE, it’s a love-hate relationship. Bert van Marwijk was sacked on December 2019 but one year later he returned to the UAE national team, it’s unlikely he will be replaced soon.
Concerning South Korea, Paulo Bento still doesn’t enjoy a large support by the media and the fans, but he is staying nevertheless.