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Hoddle hops into Abuja today for Eagles

By Tony Ubani
FORMER EnglandManager, Glenn Hoddle, most favoured to pick the job of tinkering the Eagles to the World Cup in South Africa would jet into the country today where he would put finishing touches to his contractual agreements with members of the interview panel.


Hoddle was interviewed in London last week alongside Bruno Metsu, Ratomir Djukovic and Lars Lagerback. All the coaches interested in handling the Eagles are expected in Abuja on Friday for their final round of interview but Hoddle fast-forwarded his date today because of earlier assignments booked for Friday.

Director General of the National Sports Commission, Dr. Patrick Ekeji, confirmed that the former England player and Manager would be in Abuja today. Commenting on the number of coaches already interviewed for the job, Ekeji said that all the coaches were good in their own rights to coach Nigeria but regretted that it has to be one person who  would get the job.

“There is no much time for the coach  to work. He will have five to six weeks to prepare. There is no luxury of time before May 10. That is why the NFA will unveil the coach on February 28”, Ekeji, who said that the National Sports Commission  had to be involved in the hiring of the coach to avoid blames and mistakes, said.

“I did not subscribe to the to conducting interview in England. But the minister practically drafted me into it and said that we cannot watch from the sidelines. I think that the whole thing is interesting even though I would have wished they (NFA) started early”.

Answering questions on why Nigeria should go for a short contract instead of a long term one that would help build Nigerian football, Ekeji said that the performance of the coach would determine his fate after the World Cup.

“The fate of the coach will depend on how Nigerians feel about his performance in the World Cup. If he does well, we can now negotiate for a longer contract.”


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