Says, ‘I never applied for the job’
NEWLY appointed Technical Adviser of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Paul LeGuen yesterday turned down his appointed and immediately declared that his lack of intention to manage the country’s senior national team was communicated to the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, since Saturday.
The report of his refusal to work as Super Eagles man-in-charge first emerged on French- based magazine, L’ Euipe, and spread on social media less than 24 hours after the Technical and Development Committee of NFF recommended him to take over. The report further quoted the magazine as saying: “Pour info : Paul le Guen n’ira pas au Nigeria. Les conditions pas réunies pour être sélectionneur. Rien à voir aujourd’hui avec la selection,” which was translated as ”Paul Le Guen rejects Nigeria. Frenchman insists the country’s FA (NFF) yet to meet terms & conditions to be coach.” Confirming the latest development which many stakeholders described as shameful, NFF spokesman, Ademola Olajire exclusively told Nigerian Pilot Sports that talks later broke down between the country’s football authority and the Frenchman, adding that Head Coach Salisu Yusuf has been asked to take over. Olajire equally told our correspondent that Le Guen after going through the terms and conditions which were captured in his contract terms, expressed non-readiness to stay in Nigeria while working as Super Eagles handler. He also disclosed that the former Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions gaffer rejected the clause tagging his contract to the qualification of 2018 World Cup. Talking about the Frenchman’s claim that he had informed NFF that he won’t be willing to coach Eagles two days before its Technical Committee went ahead to recommend and announce him as the man for the job, Olajire maintained that “nobody is aware of the fact that he turned down the offer before Monday. Even the President of NFF Amaju Pinnick spoke to him on Monday evening and he didn’t say anything that showed he won’t take up the job. “The calibre of the persons in the technical committee, including the likes of Paul Bassey and other eminent Nigerians,
won’t have gone ahead to recommend him. Up till now (Tuesday evening), he has not written to the federation after he was dully communicated.” Super Eagles have been without a permanent coach since February this year, after Sunday Oliseh walked out on the team currently ranked 70th in the world, claiming his contract has been severally breached. The three-time African champions are drawn in a tough 2018 World Cup qualifying group that has Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia. Le Guen: ‘I never applied for Eagles’ job’ The sensational refusal of Frenchman Paul Le Guen to become the Technical Adviser of Nigeria’s Super Eagles has again opened another can of worms in the day-to-day administrative lapses existing with the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF. Nigeria Pilot Sports exclusively gathered that Le Guen who had coached Cameroon never applied to coach the country’s Senior National team. Sources within the Glasshouse, headquarters of NFF disclosed that at no point did the Technical and Development committee of the federation arrange any interview with the former footballer who made it clear that he wasn’t interested in coaching Super Eagles even before his was recommended to the country’s football authority by the committee. The Source who pleaded anonymity maintained that the low point of Nigerian football has been compounded by the recent job scandal occasioned by claims by NFF’s hierarchy that Le Guen was interviewed via an internet means, Skype on Monday when his recommendation was equally made. “Nobody can trace anything that looks like the Frenchman applied to coach Super Eagles in the first place. So the issue of agreeing to the terms and conditions put to him by NFF does not arise. “For the fact that he didn’t apply in the first place shows the man has no interest at all in the job. What I personally thought the technical committee would have done was to make do with those who indicated interest and not force the job on someone who wasn’t interested,” He added. Nothing has been heard from federal government on their next line of action with many demanding stiffer action on the leadership of Amaju Pinnick-led NFF. Super Eagles have been without a permanent coach since February this year after Sunday Oliseh walked out on the team currently ranked 70 in the world claiming his contract has been severally breached. The three-time African champions are drawn in a tough 2018 World Cup qualifying group that has Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia. We never appointed him, NFF recants Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has sensationally recanted, insisting it never said Paul Le Guen was the new Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, saying all sub–committees in the federation could only make recommendations to the board. A statement by the NFF on Monday said: ‘’The Technical and Development Committee of the Nigeria Football
Federation on Monday named Frenchman Paul Le Guen, 52, as the new Technical Adviser of the Senior National Team, Super Eagles. He will be assisted by Nigerian Salisu Yusuf, who takes the role of Chief Coach. The appointments are subject to agreement of contract terms with the NFF Executive Committee.” Last night, chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande 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 negoatiations, 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.”