Marc Wilmots returned to Iran on Saturday to return to the national team, according to the Iranian news agency Isna.
The former coach of the Red Devils, aged 50, has been Iran's national coach for less than six months. This week, Wilmots had threatened to cancel his contract due to late payments.
According to the Iranian media, however, there have been talks in Turkey in recent days between Wilmots and the leaders of the Iranian federation after which the coach decided to return to Tehran. The Iranian Federation (FFI) pointed out that the salary was paid but that the payment did not reach the Wilmots bank account because of the international banking sanctions against Iran. According to local media, the federation has now come up with a plan to get around this problem.
This is not the first time that there are payment problems in Iran: former national coach Carlos Queiroz and club coach Branko Ivankovic have also had to face it. At the end of May, Marc Wilmots signed a contract in Tehran until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. In three years, it would bring him 4.27 million euros.
Iran will meet Iraq on November 14 in Amman (Jordan) on day four of Group C of the 2nd round of Asian qualifiers. Iran is currently 3rd with 6 points, one unit from Iraq and Bahrain.