The newly appointed Super Eagles' Technical Adviser, Paul Le Guen objected to being given a target and also did not wish to live in Nigeria, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said on Tuesday.
Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, who revealed this, dismissed reports in local and international media of the Frenchman’s rejection of the position.
He said the NFF's Technical and Development Committee only recommended that Frenchman Paul Le Guen be named the new Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, saying all sub –committees in the Federation can only make recommendations to the Board.
“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 Mr. 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.”
Yahaya-Kwande added: “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.”