Le Guen May Reconsider Nigeria’s Offer – French Media
Although Frenchman Paul Le Guen has rejected the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) initial offer to take charge of the Super Eagles, the former Lyon manager may reconsider the proposal and lead the three-time African champions during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, French media reported on Wednesday.
French daily L’equipe reported in its online publication that there could still be a window for the sides to renegotiate and perhaps come to an agreeable term on the matter.
The NFF technical and development committee on Monday picked Le Guen as new Super Eagles gaffer after interviewing three coaches shortlisted for the job.
“However, the deal was subject to Le Guen agreeing contract terms with the NFF’s Executive Committee,” the committee said in a statement announcing the selection of the Frenchman as Eagles’ coach.
The Chairman of the NFF’s executive committee, Christopher Green, on Tuesday confirmed that the former Cameroon trainer did not accept the terms offered by the federation.
“The announcement made on Monday (by the NFF’s technical committee) was quite clear. Le Guen was offered the job subject to contract terms being agreed.
“We had to look at the best interest of the country before offering anyone the job (to manage the Super Eagles) and one of such conditions was that the new technical adviser would reside in Nigeria.
“A situation where Nigeria will be the loser will never be accommodated by the NFF.
“We want a coach who will not just take the Super Eagles to the next level but will develop Nigerian football as a whole and if he does not reside in Nigeria, it may not be feasible,” footballlive.ng quoted Green as saying to supersport.com on Tuesday.
He said the NFF would “look at the next door” after Le Guen snub.
“We will look at the next door if Le Guen decides not to accept the terms we offered him.
“A lot of top coaches applied to coach Nigeria and even more (who did not officially apply) are desirous of coaching Nigeria.
“The options are open and we want to assure Nigerians that we will contract a coach that will befit the status of Nigeria as one of the best national teams in Africa.
“We are working assiduously to make Nigerians happy and will not relent till we achieve set objectives,” Green said.