Last week, there were rumours that the NFF had offered former French international and ex- Olympique Lyon and Cameroon coach, Paul Le Guen, the job on a salary of $50,000 a month. However, NFF sources have denied this, saying that they do not have that kind of cash available and are instead going to appoint a Serbian coach who will not be so expensive.
To underscore the seriousness that the NFF chiefs attach to the matter, the chairman of its technical committee Chris Green will travel out of Nigeria this week to speak to three coaches who have been shortlisted. He will invite them for an interview session in Abuja.
One NFF executive member poured cold water on the stories about Mr Le Guen, adding that the federation does not have $50,000 to pay any foreign manager at the moment. He added that the interim coach Salisu Yusuf, would be allowed to handle the team while Flying Eagles chief coach, Emmanuel Amuneke would work as his assistant and Alloy Agu will keep his position as the team’s goalkeeper trainer.
It had been believed that Mr Le Guen who was sacked as Oman’s head coach after his side lost 1-2 to Turkmenistan on November 17 last year, had agreed a three-year deal to coach the Super Eagles. He had also requested to reside in Lagos as against the proposed Abuja.
It was believed that he would pick former skipper of the Super Eagles, Austin Jay- Jay Okocha, to be his first assistant. Mr Le Guen’s coaching career has seen a mix of fortunes as he won three straight Ligue 1 titles with Lyon between 2002 and 2005 and got the club into the quarter-finals of the Uefa Champions League.
However, he did not do too well with Glasgow Rangers and Cameroon. He was fired by the Glasgow club after only seven months in charge in the 2006 and 2007 season after a poor run of results.