Dragan Skocic has been reinstated as head coach of Iran after a meeting between the board of directors of the Iranian Football Federation and its technical committee.

Skocic's dismissal had been reported on Monday, prompting widespread criticism among the public just four months ahead of the World Cup finals in Qatar.

The 53-year-old Croatian will now continue to train Iran for their sixth appearance and third consecutive participation at the World Cup.

Iran have been drawn in Group B and will kick off their campaign against England on 21 November before taking on Wales and USA.

Skocic took over from Marc Wilmots as coach in February 2020, securing the Iranians a spot at the World Cup by topping their qualification group ahead of South Korea.

The Croatian won 15 of his 18 games in charge but has lost two of his last three matches, including a 2-1 friendly defeat by Algeria in Qatar last month.

Current Oman boss Branko Ivankovic, who led Iran to the World Cup finals in Germany in 2006, had been linked with the role as well as former Bayern Munich striker Ali Daei and ex-Osasuna midfielder Javad Nekounam.

However, Skocic will now remain in charge.