Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday confirmed that Frenchman Paul Le Guen has rejected the Super Eagles job it offered him. The news of the rejection came in less than 24 hours after he was recommended for appointment.
Here are the 5 reasons why Paul Le Guen rejected the Super Eagles offer;
- He Does Not Want To Live In Nigeria
The Chairman, NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande in a statement said Le Guen was not ready to live in Nigeria while working for Nigeria. He made the statement while revealing to newsmen the reasons Le Guen rejected the Super Eagles job.
Another source within the NFF who prefers to be anonymous said; “We were skeptical when Le Guen insisted he was not going to live in the country and we all remember the last experience we had with Sunday Oliseh. “In fact, Le Guen’s refusal to live in Nigeria was the first point of disagreement and we don’t want to hire another Oliseh as coach of the Super Eagles, who will not live in the country. “So, we had no option than to terminate the contract discussion because his position of living outside Nigeria while working for Nigeria will not augur well for the country’s football.
2. He Does Not Want To Be Given A Target
Yahaya-Kwande also revealed that the Frenchman does not want the NFF to give him any target.
The top target for any coach who will take the Super Eagles job is to lead Nigeria to the next African cup of Nation and the World cup.
3. The State Of Insecurity In Nigeria
The current security crisis in the country could also be one of the reason Le Guen does not want to take the Super Eagles Job. A top source in the NFF who preferred not to be mentioned said Le Guen cited insecurity in the country as part of his reasons for rejecting the offer.
“The fear of a state of insecurity and other disagreements accounted for his rejection of the Eagles job we offered him.
4. He Wants To Come To Nigeria Few Weeks To Matches
The annonymous source within the NFF also said the Frenchman insisted he would accept the contract if only he would be visiting the country few weeks to the team’s matches.
All over the world, national team coaches don’t do the job in proxy, they visit stadiums to look out for new talents.
5. He Does Not Want To Travel Round Nigeria
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Le Guen had expressed concern over a clause in his proposed contract which required that he would be travelling to different parts of the country. The essence of such travels was for him to harness the potential of players on the domestic scene.
But it seems Le Guen is not ready to travel round the country for reasons best known to him.
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