Former Nigeria assistant coach Joe Erico believes new head coach Samson Siasia deserves to earn as much as Lars Lagerback did during his short tenure.
The Swedish coach took charge of the Super Eagles for the World Cup in South Africa, delivering very little while being paid over the odds.
Erico insists that Siasia should be on par with Lagerback in terms of wages as he is likely to do a much better job in the long run, while at the same time slamming the countryâ€™s fascination with foreign coaches.
â€œThe problem with us in Nigeria is that we tend to underrate what belongs to us and overrate what comes from outside Nigeria, even when such foreign thing is inferior to ours,â€ Erico told Trustsports.
â€œIf you could afford to pay a foreign coach about 1.5 million dollars for just five months, nothing should stop you from pay a local coach as much as that, if you are not suffering from inferiority complex.
â€œSiasia is a good coach who has paid his dues at the age_grade levels of football and an ex_international.
Siasia is currently at an impasse with the Nigerian Football Federation over his proposed wages and Erico is backing him to fight for what he deserves.
â€œThe time has come for the indigenous coaches to demand for what is due to them and I fully support what Siasia is demanding for from the NFF,â€ Erico added.
â€œThey claim not to have money to pay Siasia, but they had money to pay Lagerback, who failed to live up to expectations of millions of Nigerian fans, just because he is white.â€