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Pinnick Promises To Get A New Coach Le Guen Not Appointed-NFF

Posted: Jul 20, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Peter Edema
Lagos – The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has promised to get a new coach for the Super Eagles following Paul Le Guen’s rejection of the job.
The Frenchman rejected the offer because the NFF failed to meet his conditions.
Herve Penot, a reporter at L’Euipe, wrote via his twitter handle @hpenot_lequipe: “Paul Le Guen rejects Nigeria. Frenchman insists the country’s FA (NFF) yet to meet terms & conditions to be coach.”
But Amaju Pinnick, NFF President, who gave this assurance on Tuesday, said that the NFF have somebody in mind for the job, though he refused to disclose the identity of the new coach.
“We only gave Le Guen an offer which he turned down,” said Pinnick, adding, “We will get a new coach. We have somebody in mind.”
Meanwhile, the NFF on Tuesday clarified the situation with regards to the recommendation of its Technical and Development Committee that Le Guen be named the new Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, saying all sub –committees in the Federation can only make recommendations to the Board.
Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, dismissed reports in local and international media of the Frenchman’s rejection of the position as simply preposterous.
“The press statement was clear, to the effect that all appointments made at the Technical and Development Committee meeting were mere recommendations, which had to be deliberated upon and agreed to by the Board. No sub –committee in the NFF, except the judicial bodies, takes decisions. They only make recommendations.
“In truth, the Technical and Development Committee perused the profiles of all the coaches who submitted applications and find Mr. Paul Le Guen suitable for the post. But during final negotiations, he objected to being given a target and also did not wish to live in Nigeria, which was a sore point with the Board.”
Yahaya-Kwande added: “The job of Head Coach of Nigeria is a very big one and there is no way anyone will get such a job without being handed a target. There is absolutely no issue with Le Guen saying he is not coming; several highly –qualified persons would be happy to be named Manager of the Senior National Team of Nigeria. We have a plan to take care of that eventuality.”