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Eriksson joins Nigeria jostle

Sven-Goran Eriksson joins Nigeria jostle

Posted: 11 February 2010 Time: 2:39 pm

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has formally joined the line-up to take over the vacant job of Nigeria coach.

KickOffNigeria.com understands that a formal letter from Eriksson's agent Athole Still expressing the Swede's interest for the job was received by the Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday. Still however, declined to comment on the situation

"I cannot speak on my client's situation at this time," Still told KickOffNigeria.com.

That comment is a marked and telling departure from the last time, a few months ago when Eriksson was mentioned in connection with the job and Still categorically and unequivocally denied that his client was interested.

Guus Hiddink, Louis van Gaal, Hassan Shehata, Ratomir Djukovic, Peter Taylor and Giovanni Trappatoni are the other names under consideration, although van Gaal and Shehata have ruled themselves out of the running, while the Russia football federation spokesman Ilyav Kazakov said his bosses would not release Hiddink to Nigeria.

The NFF have set the end of February to name a new coach, but Still says that would be too late for his client.

"I am not confirming that Eriksson is considering or being considered for the Nigeria job, but he has three major job offers and the end of February would be too late for him."

Tow of those job offers, according to Still, are from World Cup-bound teams.

NFF Executive Committee member Taiwo Ogunjobi, who is at the head of the team coordinating the head hunt for a new coach, also declined comment.

"We don't want to employ coaches on the pages of newspapers," he told KickOffNigeria.com. "We have done enough talking. Now, we want to do our business confidentially and make a decision after our interviews on February 26.

"It is not good for us to keep talking about different people, and it is also not fair to the people we are speaking with."

Colin Udoh

Article by: Colin Udoh

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 02:59 pm
Its a shame that of all these coaches, indications have shown that they are all only interested to stand on the sidelines in a world cup, rather than do the real job.
Anonymous
posted: 03:01 pm
interesting.....well sha we go see. Serious teams have already drawn up a programme leading up to the world cup. mexico for instance have arranged 10 (yes ten) friendlies between now and their opening game with SA..we still dey find coach on top kickoff lol

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico_national_football_team_schedule_and_results
WETIN
posted: 03:06 pm
Please, i wonder if anybody got telephone number for the glass house. if you do please could kindly drop it on this site because i need to have a word or two with them.
Akwaowo
posted: 03:12 pm
Hahahahaa! What a comedy. These merceneries have seen a new piece of property to scramble over. When will we learn not to open ourselves up for this ridiculous farce. It is disgusting! Where were these people when Amodu qualified Nigeria for the WC? With barely 4 months to the WC, and only one FIFA free day inbetween the NFF are still dwdling about allowing AModu/Keshi/Siasia to restructure the team for the WC! This is disgusting! I wish all the Amodu haters and the NFF good luck.
Anonymous
posted: 03:15 pm
And here the1y go again with their Blah Blah Blah Blah!!!!!!!!!! Second base Jari
Anonymous
posted: 03:16 pm
And here they go again with their Blah Blah Blah Blah!!!!!!!!!! Second base Jari
Anonymous
posted: 03:28 pm
A letter to our ex Head Coach, Otunba, Chief Shuaibu Amodu, OON

Dear Amodu,

How are you? How is our jeep (Kia) and all the money you recieved in the two years of being head coach? I hope you have not shared most of the funds with Ogunjobi and some notable KON forumites?

Please train these ones very well (Dont avoid friendlies and dont pick players on paper). Make Sure you speak out here that you want to pick your players. But please in your liberty, dont pick injured players ahead of fit players. Because of experience and name, please dont pick Garba Lawal, Yekini etc to our Home base eagles ahead of OSanga, Okonkwo etc.

Chief Coach of home based eagles, Please do not call anyone training material so that they will not one day see u too as "preparation" and not tournament material. Try to vist our local league match venue so that you will not always follow what fans say to pick your players.

I could have written more sir but time will not permit me.

In all, we will pray for you to do well in the qualifiers and win CHAN for us.

God bless Amodu.
God Bless Home Based Super Eagles.
God Bless Super Eagles
God Bless Nigeria.

Yours,

ME to YOU
Anonymous
posted: 03:32 pm
CULLED:
I heard one of the players voice out against the AMODU and I advise a fine or a suspension from the team immediately. I hope NFF would support this but unfortunately he was a substitute in the Game againt ghana. Osaze came out to say the Coach was not dynamic enough and they played 4-3-3 all the time and that they should have played 4-4-2 against Ghana.

I find this very absurd but for the benefit of all of us I will try and address it. My first question is what pattern has Barcelona been playing for 5 seasons, since the days of Frank Rijkaard? What is the essence of tactics? Is it not to get behind a defense and score, create chances and bury them? Did the team create chances against Ghana playing 4-3-3? Yes they did, not once, not twice, not thrice, not four times Osaze. Where you a culprit? Yes you were. If you had hit the target on 3 occasions we would be playing the finals . If you had square passed a ball in the first half to Martins we would have been matching up with Egypt again . If you tracked well down the flanks we probably would not have seen the gap between midfield and attack. You simply were a big man throughout. You only chased balls around you and had a zero contribution to off the ball space marking and positioning. What do you think playing 4-4-2 would do? Create open chances and nothing else. 4-4-2 will not score goals Osaze, human beings like you, martins, Yak would have to convert.

AMODU NEXT TIME NFF CONTACTS YOU, INSCRIBE IN YOUR CONTRACT....

''IF I QUALIFY THE TEAM TO 2014... I MUST LEAD THEM THERE....''

ELSE TEAR THAT CONTRACT PAPER AND WORK OUT BECAUSE NFF LIKE OLIVER TWIST WILL ALWAYS COME FOR YOU AGAIN WHEN THE WHITE MAN DROP THEM TO 80TH POSITION ON FIFA RANKING LIKE BORA,LIGERET,VOGTS AND TROUSIER LEFT THEM BEFORE YOU WERE CALLED UPON AGAIN....

... THIS TIME PLAY YOUR NORMAL DIRECT APPROACH GAMES LIKE YOU DID B/4 THE ANC INSTEAD OF THE GUNNERS YORI-YORI NIGERIANS DEMANDED FROM YOU AND YOU YEILDED TO THEIR DEMAND IN THE GHANA GAME.....
Anonymous
posted: 03:43 pm
another batches will surface tommorow.topmoller also on stand by... all the preparations just to win world cup in june.
Anonymous
posted: 03:44 pm
THE PROBLEM WITH NIGERIAN FOOTBALL IS THE NFF,IF WE FAIL IN THE WORLD CUP,IT'S NFF..3 months 2 d worldcup,na sote shortlist..I C DISASTER.
Anonymous
posted: 04:20 pm
Donkeys.
Anonymous
posted: 04:22 pm
@Olatunbosun

U make me laff.Pls give im more advise,he sure needs it.

And for those asking why NFF invites players for Amodu...they simply dont trust his sense of Judgement.He still attaches the tag,National team coach on his name strictly on sentiments.Otherwise no ambitous club in our league will hire him.If u doubt,let him try.

And let me tell u all now,even if we pick a new coach 4 weeks to the world cup,the least stage Nigeria will get to is the quaterfinals.Mark it!
Anonymous
posted: 04:35 pm
lol
Kola wole
posted: 04:53 pm
@dankachi4.

i hope u are making a hell of money doing image laundering for your boss Amodu. Looks more to me like marketing an expired, off the shelf medication.
Anonymous
posted: 05:01 pm
ATTENTION NFF: I'll like to apply for the vacant coaching position to handle the struggling SE. I have uploadede my resume/CV on your email accounts; so pls review them thorougly and I hope my candidacy will be considered, cuz I want to be at the WC so badly.

Hahaha, I can't stop laughing about NFF short-sighted and undetermined to resist pressure from some ungrateful nigerians to demote Amodu to handle the local SE. What Amodu did wrong was to qualify the nation to two world cups and got eliminated at the SF by the BLACK STARS at the just ended Afcon in Angola. For me, Amodu is the best manager to handle the SE at the WC, since the search for a white skin coach will be of no use. The facts are clear, no coach can satisfy the demands of nigerian fans.......period. I only pity whoever accepts the offer to manage the indiscipline players, who only sacrifice for their respective clubs at the expense of their nation. I wish and pray that, who ever receives the mantle to oversee the team will instill discipline and teawork to the team; otherwise the whole SE must be overhaul to brin gin new and young players. These players are bunch of lazy and proud when it comes to national assignment. It happens in most African countries. I always admire the Egyptian coach for sticking with the local plyers, and they have always performed incredible.

I can only wish NFF good luck for their search of a new manager. It's sad they have bowed to pressure to demote Amodu.
Anonymous
posted: 05:39 pm
Na wa o o o , all dick and harry will be involved in the SE JOB.... I read they are going to london to meet with the coaches invited for interview.

Why going to london? Are we begging them for a job or what?
Arent they suppose to come to Nigeria for the interview?
All these people are only after their pocket and it really piss me off to see that they are now using the call by the fans for sacking AMODU to achieve their aim. Hmmmmmmmmmmm AGENTS at work...

MAY GOD SAVE NIGERIA


THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
Anonymous
posted: 05:49 pm
NFF SO YOU PEOPLE THINK YOU ARE FULLING US?

YOU GUYS ARE JUST FULLING YOUR SELF WORLD CUP IS AROUND THE CORNER


UP TILL NOW NIGERIA IS STILL LOOKING FOR COACH WHEN OTHER TEAM HAVE FRIENDLY MARCH TO PLY.

STUPID NFF CHAIRMAN AND EXECUTIVE KILLING NIGERIA FOOTBALL.
Anonymous
posted: 05:49 pm
I CANT HELP LAUGHING, THESE FOOLS KEEP ADDING NAMES TO THE LIST!!!!!!!!!!

SOMEONE PLS TELL ME THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT THESE IDIOTS IN THAT GLASS HOUSE, COS I TRIED EMAIL AND LETTERS, NO ONE RESPONDED OOOOOOO!!!!!

IF WE DONT GET SIASIA, IT WILL BE OUR WORST WORLD CUP!!!!!!

SIASIA KNOWS THESE PLAYERS ALREADY, THEY RESPECT HIM AND HE WILL INSTILL DISCIPLINE IN THE TEAM!!!!,ALLOW HIM TO HANDLE THE TEAM TO THIS WORLD CUP, THE NEXT TWO AFRICAN CUPS, AND BY BRAZIL 2014,HE WILL HAVE A WONDERFUL SUPER EAGLES TEAM

THES FOREIGNERS, WILL STILL HAVE TO LEARN WHO OUR PLAYERS ARE BEFORE THEY CAN FORM A FORMIDABLE TEAM!!!!!

GIVE US SIASIA
SIASIA
SIASIA
SIASIA
SIASIA

SIASIA
SIASIA

AND PLS LULU AND OJO-OBA,,,RESIGN NOW!!!!!, JUST RESIGN
Anonymous
posted: 05:50 pm
@val, who would you blame for that? Do u think all this white coaches no get sense? they like to prey on Africans and our leaders often sell out to them.

Its really a pity.

THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
Anonymous
posted: 05:50 pm
NFF SO YOU PEOPLE THINK YOU ARE FULLING US?

YOU GUYS ARE JUST FULLING YOUR SELF WORLD CUP IS AROUND THE CORNER


UP TILL NOW NIGERIA IS STILL LOOKING FOR COACH WHEN OTHER TEAM HAVE FRIENDLY MARCH TO PLY.

STUPID NFF CHAIRMAN AND EXECUTIVE KILLING NIGERIA FOOTBALL.
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