The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has dismissed reports making rounds in the media that newly appointed Super Eagles’ Technical adviser, Paul Le Guen turned down the job.
This was contained in a statement by the Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, who described the reports on the Frenchman’s rejection of the position as simply preposterous.
Less than 24-hours after the official announcement of the Le Guen’s appointment, reports emerged that the Frenchman has turned down the job, noting that the NFF was yet to meet the terms and conditions for the said job.
The NFF has now dismissed the report, noting that the former Olympic Lyon coach didn’t want to be given set targets for the job and also does not want to live in Nigeria.
Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, Yahaya-Kwande said; “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.
“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,” Yahaya-Kwande added.