President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick has denied that Frenchman, Paul Le Guen was ever offered the technical adviser of Super Eagles job as widely reported by the local media Tuesday.
Speaking in the aftermath of the reported rejection of the supposed Super Eagles appointment by the former Indomitable Lions Coach yesterday, a livid Pinnick said the coach was only recommended for the job by the NFF Technical and Development Committee to the Executive Board for ratification, subject to an agreement on personal terms.
“The NFF had never offered him the job. Le Guen was only a recommendation of the Technical and Development Committee. The recommendation was subject to agreement of the NFF Executive Committee,” he said.
He also disclosed the grey areas in the NFF conditions that may have caused the Frenchman to do a rethink on the job he once showed interest in. Pinnick said,
“Le Guen wanted to stay in France to be coming from time to time to take up the team on specific assignments. We are insisting on a Super Eagles coach that would reside in Nigeria. We want a coach that will be more embracing in terms of football development in Nigeria.”
He also disclosed that the Frenchman was not happy with NFF’s targets for him. “He didn’t like targets. In the past we set targets for Siasia, for late Keshi and even Oliseh, why not him?” the NFF boss asked. He added that he believes targets motivate a coach to work hard.
“We do not want to repeat the mistakes of the past where people were employed with so much expectations and they ended up disastrously.”