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Trappatoni rejects Ivory Coast

Posted: 13 February 2010 Time: 19:42

Giovanni Trappatoni has turned down an offer from Ivory Coast and is reportedly holding out for a concrete offer from Nigeria.

Trapattoni’s advisor Domenico Ricci says the veteran Italian was approached by the Elephants a week ago to lead the side at the World Cup.

“He refused an offer from Ivory Coast a week ago because they offered him only the World Cup,” Ricci told BBC Sport. “But also because I think he is more interested in Nigeria than Ivory Coast.

“He is not tired yet. He has a very young mentality, so he wants to do something and he's not just interested in the World Cup.”

Nigeria are on the hunt for a coach to lead them at the 2010 World Cup finals after firing coach Shaibu Amodu a week ago.

The 70-year-old Italian is one of coaches on the Nigerian Football Federation’s list of preferred candidates.

Trappatoni is currently in charge of the Republic of Ireland and is contracted to lead them through to the end of the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Earlier this week, a Football Association of Ireland official expressed confidence that Trapattoni would stay in the Irish job.

Trapattoni's name is believed to be on a list of six other coaches being targeted by Nigeria.

The others being targeted by Nigeria include Egypt coach Hassan Shehata, Russia boss Guus Hiddink and Bayern Munich coach Louis Van Gaal.

Former Senegal boss Bruno Metsu, ex-Ghana coach Ratomir Dujkovic and one-time England caretaker manager Peter Taylor are also on the list.

The NFF has pledged to reach a decision by the end of February.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:21 pm
i hope all this stories is not to sell neswpapers.
posted: 09:43 pm
Lets us get Sisia because time is short and this man know the work. Guus Hiddink will be massive if we get him. I hope the NFF knows that time is short and for that they have to make one decission soonest. They have to make the best decission as proffessionals,those that know well their work. Please we don't need another Berti volts nwa Germany.
posted: 01:07 am
and what about it?
any coach would jump at the offer to coach the ivorians.
someone from the bunch at NFF is certainly responsible for this post.
posted: 01:29 am
Bloddy lie,Coach Trapattoni will not turn down Cote d ivorie,this is a lie,i dont even think he is intrested in Nigeria either,NFA are just doing their trick again and will want to reinstate Coach Amodu later,give the job to Coach Siasia.
Tope Brown1
posted: 04:22 am
Iff it is true that Trapp. Reject an offer on our behave please employ him. I have been an advocate of Hindink,but he show little or no interest which is more important in any contract. He even accept more than two years which will pave way for closer relationship and development in our football. Please accept my change of gear. Employ Trappatonni
Tope Brown1
posted: 04:35 am
Forumite, i dont know if am right. Kickoff webpage refuse to open. Am I right? And what are their reason.
Tope Brown1
posted: 05:26 am
Any Coach employed btw Trap and Guss should for Christ sake give this players automatic starting shirt;Rabiu Ibrahim,Obiora N.w.a.n.k.w.o, Ramon Azeez, Dele Adeleye,Olufemi Adebayo,Mike Eneramo,Sanni Emmanuel. We need a midfield that is obedient,not self glory,strong and intelligent. We can find that in Rabiu as central MF and Obiora as Defensive MF. This my team in SA. 1:Enyeama 2: Adefemi 3:Echiejiele 4: Obiora N. 5: Adeleye 6: Shittu 7: Osaze 8 Eneramo 9: Martins 10: Ibrahim Rabiu 11 Nsofor. Sub: Ob
Tope Brown1
posted: 05:42 am
Sub. 1: Obiora/for Azeez 2: Ibrahim Rabiu/for Mikel 3: Nsofor/for Obiora. You may ask why removing Mid fielders if u trust them. Any good Coach who is onions will know that Mid fielders are expected to work more than any other department on the field of play. Coach in charge think wise. i don talk
posted: 11:40 am
Don't you know that articles like this without the name of the author is a lie??? Kickoff is no better than me going to a football website, copying and pasting on a cheap blog. Jokers!
posted: 06:53 pm

Ha ha bro you're right the stories without authors!!!!!
Ha ha thats so AMETEURISH cheap journalism thats SA journalists sometimes!!!This above is a thump suck(non existant story).Bloggers be careful next time about arguing using INFORMATION from Kickoff u might end up in JAIL!!!!!

"Don't you know that articles like this without the name of the author is a lie??? Kickoff is no better than me going to a football website, copying and pasting on a cheap blog. Jokers!"
posted: 11:29 pm

The Agent of the Russian coach, Guus Hiddink has sensationally ruled his client out of the Super Eagles job. Despite being shortlisted by the Nigeria Football Federation, Hiddink’s Agent, Cees Van Nieuwenhuizen in this interview with Complete Sports Saturday insists the NFF may be on a wild goose chase since the Federation has not made any move for the Russian Manager.
Interview By David Meshioye
Q: We would like to know Guus Hiddink’s position on the Nigerian managerial job at the moment?
Who are you please?
Q: My name is David, a sports journalist from Nigeria. A lot has been said on your client’s position on Super Eagles job. What is the true picture of things at the moment?
You’re not the only one from Nigeria asking this same question. We have not been in contact with the Nigerian Federation, so there is no point discussing any possibility of Hiddinks coming to work in Nigeria now.
Q: But newspapers in Nigeria have been awash with the Hiddink’s story. Are you saying the Dutch tactician would not toy with the idea of working in Africa?

Well, that is quite interesting you know, but I don’t know where the story is coming from. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have not even spoken to us about any offer at all. They have not spoken to Guus neither have I received any information to that effect.
No doubt Guus is a great coach with class. He is loved and wanted by different Federations at the moment, but of all the offers received so far, Nigeria is not in the picture as I talk to you.
Q: Considering your position as Guus’ Agent, Do you think Hiddink will be ready to lead Nigeria to South Africa 2010 if eventually contacted by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)?
(Laughs) I think this is difficult to answer. I have read stories on the Nigerian Football Federation’s intention to hire him. I am equally aware he (Guus) has been shortlisted alongside four other coaches like Louis Van Gaal who has said no, Shehatta who has also said no, then somebody from England, Bruno Metsu, Djukovic and one other person or so.
I have been following events on the internet, but Guus is not likely to work elsewhere at the moment especially when the Russian FA are not willing to let him go. He may not have qualified for 2010 World Cup, but he has taken Korea and Australia to the Mundial in the past and he performed excellently well.
It is good news reading about Nigeria’s interest but Guus is not likely to move, especially when Nigeria FA have not made any contact.
Q: Not even on a short term basis?
Look here my friend; it will be difficult to discuss any possibility of hiring Guus on a short term basis. We need to be officially contacted before discussions, and negotiations can commence. Why would Guus consider the Nigerian job? There are so many offers all over the place for my client. If indeed the Nigerian Football Federation are really serious in the first place, then they should forward their official letters to us before we can consider them.
Q: The feeling among soccer cynics is that Guus may be torn between leading a team to South Africa or staying with the Russian team that won’t be engaging in any competition for some months to come now.
Guus is committed to working with the Russian Football Federation at the moment. He has an existing contract which ends on July sixteen this year. First of all, you need to show interest in him, but so far they have not shown that, what is happening now is mere speculation.
There is no need for discussion, I am not going to call the Nigerian Football Federation, if truly they want my client, then they should go ahead and contact him. It is not our responsibility to contact them.
Q: The Russian football Federation has come out to kick against Guus moving. How true is this knowing well that he will be free during the World Cup?
Well, I have met the Russian Football boss and he said he would be willing to enter into a new contract. Guus needs to have a discussion with his employers first. Honestly, it’s not my interest at all, but there has to be an invitation first. His contract ends on July sixteen; a period when the World Cup will still be ongoing. This whole problem will be solved by the Russian Football Federation.
Q: Turkey and Heerrenven have also showed interest.
(Cuts in), yes, we’ve had lots of offers from different parts of the world, but he (Guus) must see through his contract with the Russia FA before considering these offers. Fine, Turkey is on the cards but everything is still on paper, but we will wait and see how things unfold in the coming days.
Q: Even Mikel once said Hiddink is a great coach to work under at all levels.
Yes, as you all know, Guus brings out the best from every player and he has the Midas touch to turn things around. But the Nigeria Football Federation are not going about the whole issue the right way. They need to follow due process before going to the press on my client.



Guus Hiddink 'to step down' as Russia coach this summer

Guus Hiddink has revealed he will step down from his role as Russia coach when his contract expires on 30 June.
The Dutchman, who failed to secure Russia's qualification to the World Cup in South Africa, announced his decision in Saturday's De Telegraaf newspaper.
The 63-year-old's comments could alert currently managerless teams who will be at the World Cup, including Nigeria.
Hiddink, who last season combined his Russia job with a spell at Chelsea, has also been linked with Liverpool.
Last month, Hiddink's agent Cees van Nieuwenhuizen played down reports linking his client with a job at Anfield, saying he would only be available for a new role in August.
And that would scupper any potential deal for Hiddink to lead a side at the World Cup, which begins on 11 June - unless they can negotiate an early release from his contract.
Hiddink, who also attracted interest from Manchester City last december before they appointed Italian Roberto Mancini, said in his column in De Telegraaf: "After a very comfortable conversation with the new chairman of the Russian association we decided to break up on 30 June.
"We made the decision right now so the Russian association has enough time to find my successor."
Hiddink has a wealth of experience, taking the Netherlands to the World Cup semi-finals in 1998 and matching that feat with co-hosts South Korea in 2002 before helping the unfancied Australian team to the knockout stage in 2006.
Last year, he won the FA Cup with Chelsea while in his dual role but Russia missed out ona place in South Africa this summer. when they lost to Slovenia in the World Cup play-offs.


Giovanni Trapattoni rules out taking Nigeria role
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has ruled himself out of taking over as Nigeria coach, according to the Italian news agency Ansa.
Trapattoni admitted that he has been approached over several jobs but said that he has two more years with Ireland and is happy in his current role.
The news comes after his advisor, Domenico Ricci, said Trapattoni might be interested in coaching Nigeria.
Ricci added that Trappatoni also rejected an offer from Ivory Coast.
"He refused an offer from Ivory Coast a week ago because they offered him only the World Cup," Ricci told BBC Sport.
Nigeria are on the hunt for a coach to lead them at the 2010 World Cup finals after firing coach Shaibu Amodu a week ago.
Trapattoni is the latest person to rule themselves out of leading the Super Eagles at the World Cup in South Africa.
Egypt coach Hassan Shehata and Bayern Munich coach Louis Van Gaal were the first to say they were not interested in the job.
The other names on the Nigeria Football Federation's wish-list are former Senegal boss Bruno Metsu, ex-Ghana coach Ratomir Dujkovic, one-time England caretaker manager Peter Taylor and Guus Hiddink, who is currently in charge of Russia.
The NFF has pledged to reach a decision by the end of February.


posted: 12:05 pm
Head hit on the nail,there is just no way on earth that any sane coach on earth will turn down an offer from Drogba led cote di viore and choose to carry a Kanu and bros company to the World cup..... I request an investigation into the origin of this story...
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