Sports

June 15, 2024

‘He wasn’t the right man for the job’, mixed reactions trail Finidi George’s resignation

‘He wasn’t the right man for the job’, mixed reactions trail Finidi George’s resignation

Mixed reactions have been trailing the resignation of Finidi George as coach of the Super Eagles after just a few games in charge.

His resignation was confirmed by former Super Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye, on his X account on Saturday. He wrote, “News just in. Finidi George #FinidiGeorge_FG has resigned from his #NGSuperEagles manager position.”

Nigeria failed to secure a win in their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier games against South Africa and Benin Republic, respectively.

Under Finidi George’s leadership, the team recorded one draw and one loss, remaining winless with only three points out of a possible twelve from four games.

His resignation has sparked mixed reactions on social media platforms Facebook and X (formerly Twitter).

@PoojaMedia “The first DISASTER forFinidi George was the interview with Brila FM. He was not prepped well, not protected, not guided, just spoke without adequate planning on questions & answers. Your first MAJOR interview after the appointment must be well planned & not loose like that.”

Inno Oluku wrote, “The coaching crew is not the problem, but players that are not thinking straight of their country, instead not committed to doing their nation pride in the field of playing each all important match; I rest my case!!!”

Adedeji Babalola said, “It is better as he resigned honorably. We still won’t forget that he made us happy as a very committed footballer for Super Eagles. He should have never taken the job. Not all great players make good coaches. As far as coaching was concerned, it was all shade of cluelessness from him.”

@omaakatugba, wrote :”In May, after Finidi George was appointed as the Super Eagles coach, I expressed my concerns. His appointment seemed completely misguided. His interviews repeatedly demonstrated his inability to articulate his thoughts as a coach, and his poor management of the two friendly games revealed his lack of team management skills. Additionally, his handling of the two FIFA World Cup qualifiers was disastrous. I’m not celebrating his dismissal or departure, but I stand by my initial assessment that he wasn’t the right man for the job.”

@tegasupreme “You can question Finidi George’s readiness to handle a team like the Super Eagles. You must also acknowledge that there’s a lot of disrespect towards indigenous coaches that foreign coaches don’t get from the federation. Good luck to the NFF and everyone involved.”

@OgbeniDipo, “I really really loved Finidi George as a player but his appointment as a Coach appears to be an error. He didn’t appear to have what it takes to do the job. He didn’t look confident. His body language was off. He didn’t appear confident. Sad to see him go but he needed to.”

Ubong Edward wrote: It is very disheartening how we keep treating our own in this country, some of you celebrating this our football fans of various clubs some coach will struggle to win a game on his first 5 match. Yet they will give him a chance to prove himself. Nigeria football doesn’t have a team for now, we only have a group of players who doesn’t understand themselves.”