The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has explained why talks with Frenchman, Paul Le Guen, failed and why he may never be Super Eagles head coach.
On Monday, it was reported in the news that the former Cameroonian coach had been given the Super Eagles job.
But on Tuesday, news went viral that the former France international would not be coming to Nigeria for the plum job.
However, the Executive Committee of the NFF later on Tuesday clarified the situation with regards to the recommendation of its Technical and Development Committee that Frenchman Le Guen be named the new Technical Adviser of the team.
It said all sub –committees in the Federation can only make recommendations to the Board, which makes the final decision.
Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, stressed that, “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 Paul Le Guen suitable for the post. But during final negotiations’, he objected to being given a target and also did not wish to live in Nigeria, which was a sore point with the Board.”
He added that, “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.”