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Posted: 20 February 2010 Time: 19:12

Italian Ariggo Sacchi and Englishman Glenn Hoddle have become the latest names to be associated with the Nigerian national team coaching job, although the Italian has made it clear he will not be coming to Abuja to attend a scheduled interview.

Following rejection by Giovanni Trappatoni, Sacchi was contacted, and agreed to have his name put forward to be considered for the post, but insisted that discussions would have to be held in Bologna, rather than Abuja.

A three-man team of top Nigerian football officials are expected to leave the UK this weekend and are expected to be in Italy next week to speak to the legendary former AC Milan manager who master-minded Italy's march to the World Cup Final in 1994.

Sacchi's last job was as Real Madrid's Director of Football between 2004 and 2005, but his representatives say his period of inaction was out of personal choice, and not for want of suitable offers.

England's Hoddle was added to the shortlist by the Nigeria officials during the course of last week's trip to England, where they met with Bruno Metsu, Ratomir Djukovic and Lars Lagerback.

Hoddle flew into London from Spain, where he owns and runs the Glenn Hoddle Academy. His presentation is said to have impressed the Nigeria officials, particularly National Sports Commission Director General Patrick Ekeji.

Prior to leaving for London, Ekeji is said to have tongue-lashed the NFF officials at the lack of a genuine world class name left in their shortlist, and after listening to Hoddle, appears to be strongly in favour of having him take charge of the Super Eagles both for the short and long term.

It is also understood that Hoddle is not making outrageous financial demands, which also sits well with Ekeji.

A final shortlist of three will be submitted to the NFF board, and vetted by the Ministry of Sports, who will be partly responsble for the new man's wages, before the new coach is named on February 28.

Previous comments on this story...

Redd LD
posted: 07:46 pm
give me Frank Rijkaard or Ruud Gullit, their style of coaching fits Nigeria's style of play.....
GoodLuck Jonathan
posted: 07:51 pm
na me remain make una add ohh.....wild goose chase.
posted: 08:08 pm
who is this fathome reporter from kon???if there is no news ok,not additional list every second.if im not mistaking sacci should be going to 80 yrs.pls,its getting ridicoulous..
posted: 08:25 pm
KON and NFF.. also add me in your interview list. since everyweek u are adding poeple to coach SE to SA2010. am interested
posted: 09:26 pm
Arigo sacchi?...arigo sacchi? walking stick him wan take train una eagles? be hoddle carry england go france 98?...abi d more coach dem interview,d more money sani lulu,ogunjobi & co go thief?...make nff give me 500 euros make i give them 100 names of jobless coaches presently now for europe....
posted: 09:35 pm
posted: 10:09 pm
Arigo wetin...????NFF will soon add Bert Vogts again!!!!!!!!!!
posted: 10:11 pm
names upon names. abi na kon de bring all this illegal shortlist. who be d nxt? We nid association for soccer fans just like nans,sug etc. Una go make comment til jesus 2nd comin nd nff no go hear una
posted: 10:59 pm
@frankie: LOL.....LOL.....hahahahahhahahahahhahhahahhahahhahahhahahahahahhahahahhahahahah.....i swear na true talk u talk! berti (Vogts)go soon enter list
chei! NFF! monkey de work baboon de chop! lol. In fact make i also use this medium submit my own application. NFF abeg make una add
posted: 11:37 pm
of course the worst performer in the interviews would always get the job, just like Amodu.
i think they should include Amodu once again in the interview, but undoubtedly these are all gimmicks so that at the end of the day, it would be too late or no longer important to hire a coach, hence amodu returns.
Thats the game folks.
posted: 11:54 pm
Managerial merry go round. Let the circus continue!

NFF "House of commotion" you people want to destroy and cause more confusion in preparations for this world cup by pandering to the whims of "unelected" governor Ameachi and his bands of journey men in PTF, including John Fashonu.

Why thinking of hiring a new coach 3 months to the WC when you have a coach already who qualified your team for the world cup? This is what is killing Nigeria- myopia, ineptitude and corruption.

Amodu "carry go" jare. No one can deny you from reaping the fruit of your labour. Forget about any journey man white coach who just want to get "Ghana must go bag" wages, who want to reap what they could not sow.

There are so many ignorant people in this forum, and I don't know whether they are matured enough to know Nigerian football history from 1999 till date. Since 2000 no coach either Nigerian or foreign has achieved more than Amodu, and the facts are there for any one to see.

Bonfrere had almost lost the 2002 WC ticket to Geaorge Weah's Liberia until Amodu came in and started beating Liberia and Ghana silly and qualified Nigeria, only for the evil baggers of Nigeria to deny Amodu of taking his side to Korea. Same type of accusation that Amodu had "tired" legs and lack technical dept. And they hurriedly got Onigbinde to assemble half-baked age cheating "under-aged" players and SE was humiliated at the world up proper.

Why can't we learn? Give this man-Amodu- his due! You gave him a contract that he should qualify you for world cup and he did. You told him to get to the Semi-finals of AFCON and he surpassed that by getting a bronze, yet you want him sacked 3 months to the WC.

What kind of inept and clueless country is Nigeria. No wonder you have no light, no petrol and no decent hospitals to cure the sick. Which Nigerian public officer, aprt from probably Fashola, has delivered 1/7th of what Amodu has delivered on his contract to his employers? Is it the sleeping- when he was well and absconded when sick Yar'Adua, or the thieving and corrupt governors.

I beg you people should go and face your problems, because Amod is not the problem.

posted: 12:09 am
suggetion,do nigeria have any buisness in world cup?
posted: 01:38 am
What a shame,Oringo sachet or abi na arrigo sacchi,u want nigeria 2 come&interview u in ya bathroom in bologna..sha e b like na everyminute dem they add more names,dis whole stuff's getting really funny,sha Iorfa,do come back,makurdi girls dey miss u.
posted: 01:39 am
hahaha.. who is next?
posted: 04:14 am
A gathering of fools, NFF! They are busy with interviews while nations who will be competing in south africa are playing friendly matches. Later when the eagles are roasted on the field, they will say God does not listen to their prayers. Heaven will only help those who help themselves! Give this job to Siasia and let's start preparing for the tourney! Today makes it exactly 110 days to the tourney.
posted: 06:56 am
Add my name to the list!


God Save Nigeria and God Bless Nigeria
posted: 08:43 am
Well, anyone they (NFF)want to employ should work with Siasia, thats just my point. All this NONSENSE will be over by Feb 28th. @Tony, aren't you tired of your campaign for Amodu? You can see that no one is listening to u again...USELESS MAN!
posted: 10:48 am
@DEM MAMA DEM PAPA..... where u go b4??????
make dem add u lol...
posted: 10:53 am
why not give the job to the right candidate and forget about interview.
IM CONCERN ABOUT THIS COS THE "HIGH PROFILE" COACHES can never SUBJECT THEMSELVES TO BE INTERVIEWED BY these men of low mentality like LULU and other morons in the NFF.
posted: 05:01 pm
@P.D.P na Wayo... i hail you my brother.. i don show again.
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