0524 GMT June 26, 2022
Russian-Turkmen head coach Kurban Berdyev was appointed as the new manager of the Persian Gulf Pro League club on a five-year contract.
The northwestern Iranian side announced the news on Sunday, adding the 69-year-old coach “will also assume supervision on the club’s academy, youth teams, and footballing infrastructures.”
“Backed by the devoted supporters, Tractor will be looking to become the undisputed power of the Asian football within a 3-5 years’ period,” read the club statement.
Berdyev, who will take over from Turkish Ertugrul Saglam, is the 15th coach appointed to the Tractor job in the past four years.
A dreadful campaign saw Tractor finish 13th in the 16-team table of the Iranian league last season.
Best known in Iran as a father figure to the international striker Sardar Azmoun, since he was introduced to the Russian top flight under Berdyev at Rubin Kazan in 2013, the veteran coach was also the manager of the Russian club Rostov from 2014-2017.
The former Soviet footballer was in charge of Kairat Almaty in the Kazakhstan Premier League before parting ways with the team midway through the ongoing season, following a run of four wins and defeats apiece in 12 outings.
Berdyev was the manager of the Rubin Kazan side that stunned the world football in 2009 by claiming a famous 2-1 victory over Barcelona – led by Pep Guardiola – at the Camp Nou in the group phase of the UEFA Champions League.