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Nigeria pick Lars Lagerback

Posted: 27 February 2010 Time: 08:08

Nigeria have picked Swede Lars Lagerback and signed him on an initial 5-month deal to take the Super Eagles to the World Cup in South Africa later this year.

Lagerback, who coached his native Sweden for nine years, was picked ahead of fellow Swede Sven Goran Eriksson, Englishman Glen Hoddle, Serb Ratomir Djukovic and Frenchman Bruno Metsu.

He will be assisted by Austin Eguavoen, Daniel Amokachi and Alloy Agu as Nigerian assistants.

The Swede was the last of the five candidates to arrive Abuja and was interviewed on Friday afternoon.

NFF official Tunde Aderibigbe told KickOffNigeria.com that Lagerback both surprised and impressed the NFF's selection panel not only with his deep understanding of Nigerian football and its problems, but also with the solutions he provided to tackle the issues.

"He broke down and analysed the Nigerian team, and analysed the players from as far back as 2002 when Sweden met Nigeria at the World Cup, to the current team and players.

"He went on to identify the problems with Nigerian football and set out specific ideas for solving the problems,

"And then he set specific targets and timelines to meet those targets. His presentation was brilliant and showed that he came prepared.

"The panel were surprised at his knowledge and impressed at his delivery."

The executive committee of the Nigeria Football Association subsequently went into an eight-hour meeting before announcing Lagerback as the new coach.

Lagerback started his international coaching career at cadet level with the Swedish football Association in 1990, before taking over the B national team in 1996.

In 1998, he was picked as assistant coach for the A team by Tommy Soderberg and promoted to co-coach in 2000. In 2004, he was given full responsibility when Soderberg left to manage the Under 21 team.

During his time, Sweden qualified for an unprecedented five major championships.

He resigned as manager in 2009 after Sweden's failure to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 08:16 am
hehehehe! Whats going on? What is the basis of chosing this guy? did he accept 150k per month? can someone explain plsss
Anonymous
posted: 08:17 am
This choice makes sense but can only be complete with Siasia in the interest of development. Amodu and his clique please steer clear.
Anonymous
posted: 08:21 am
@Chidi, I think we need to begin to learn to change stance. I dont understand this your comment. Let us accept the choice, at least for now, for none of us was there during the interview. They dont have to tell us the criteria. We asked for Foreign coach, we get one. Period. Like Heavy said, it would make sense if SiaSia is Paired with him and Oliseh as assistants. Lets talk onward positively at least for our own good. Good Luck Lagerback. The last shall be the first.
Anonymous
posted: 08:37 am
chidi the move make sense, ptf wants hoddle while nff wants metsu, so in typical nigeria way nobody wants to give up so they give the job to lagerback. anyway it is a good news lagerback plays a 4132 attacking formation his a good guy that love creative midfilders. i have been doing research all night and i think he will be decent. imagine if we hired hoddle all nigeria players in premier league is guaranteed starting so that alone is bad, imagine useles yakubu and olofinajana still getting called up
Anonymous
posted: 08:38 am
@Chidi, I think we need to begin to learn to change stance. I dont understand this your comment. Let us accept the choice, at least for now, for none of us was there during the interview. They dont have to tell us the criteria. We asked for Foreign coach, we get one. Period. Like Heavy said, it would make sense if SiaSia is Paired with him and Oliseh as assistants. Lets talk onward positively at least for our own good. Good Luck Lagerback. The last shall be the first.
Anonymous
posted: 08:47 am
Thank u George, i am not actually againt this man just that we were initially told that the race is now between hoddle and metsu and suddenly laerback was picked its really a big suprise to me. however Siasia as his assitant will make sense
Up eagles
Anonymous
posted: 09:00 am
one again. they have put smiles on the fan's faces. reminds me of Bora's era..haha.. history never fails..

and what happens after 5 months? no one is asking now.. short sighted people
Kerewa
posted: 09:00 am
I don show again, All the those that live by faith.I hail una. I have been sitting on the fence just watching the rat race since the great Amodu was removed. @Billion, Ken ghadaffi, original. I hail Una. Well the LULU HOUSE OF CONFUSION has finally chosen someone. Well the guy has a good pedigree. with respect to the pedigree of the players in the sweede team during his tenure and how he maximised their potentials. belives in a lot of creativity in the midfield. I guess we will be looking at Mikel sitting back fully in his club position and Haruna lukman, Rabiu ibrahim and Emma Ekpo having a shot in the SE. Well he is welcome. Its a good choice to me. They should also try and attach SIASI/RUFAI with Oliseh as the Cordinator. We may not have a fantastic team immediately but the team at least have formation.
Kudos to NFF or PTF whoever chose him. My heart has always been with this man.
But forumites, Wahala go dey oh. many ppl name go dissapear from SE considering the emphasis this man lays on creativity of players.

Olofin, yakubu, nwaneri,yusuf, u guys are in trouble.

THE JUST SHALL TRULY LIVE BY FAITH.

I REST MY CASE
Anonymous
posted: 09:03 am
looking a this man's records, the only reason I can see that he was picked is, he is foreign.
Anonymous
posted: 09:03 am
WHAT A SURPRISE! Nobody expected him 2be chosen at all. We ve got no choice but 2accept NFA's decision, though, I stil fault their style. They must com out and tel us why and how they arrived at his surprisin-choice. I remember he was in charge of Sweden alongside solderbag wen they beat us in Korea/ Japan, but I know little about him. Sweden ve above average players(just lik Nigeria) but they re always highly rated in competitions and play good football. I WISH HIM ALL THE BEST.
Anonymous
posted: 09:05 am
what are his records? what championships has he won? how much does he know about african football, not to talk of Nigerian? questions questions
Anonymous
posted: 09:08 am
i love soccer.. and i love entertainment football.. but what we need now is results. this is not to right off this man. but we demand the reasons behind NFF's decision.
Anonymous
posted: 09:10 am
Pls, tel these people to name his assistant now. If Sia1 is not there,den it is not yet uhuru. If the Reports dat he ll be assisted by Amokachi and Eguaveon is true, den NFF can neva learnt from their mistakes.
Anonymous
posted: 09:10 am
and did he coach Sweden for good 6 years.. I hope he gets that much time if he is to bring his enterprising football to Nigeria..lol.. DREAMERS
African Mancunian
posted: 09:21 am
Lars,please come with your own crew,entirely new set up. Invoke your deaf ears,pick your team,go to the world with even an unknown 23 that is young and hungry,then we will see if Nigeria won't shake the World in South Africa...
Anonymous
posted: 10:00 am
wat do mean by 5 mnth.only. is dis anoda berti vort.i pity n pray 4 my on ce great NAIJA
Anonymous
posted: 10:02 am
good but one thing is that we do not need a shot term coache.we needed a man that can be with se for at least 5years in other to build up his talent.this type of contrat is fraud to our nation bcos that is not what we need from the nff.so be it,if our dearly nff boss don't need siasia as head coache pls let him be the assitant coache to this man picked.remain blessed,GODloves u all.
Anonymous
posted: 10:08 am
i hope his back will be large enough to accomodate the demands of the super eagles as well as the expectations on nigerians.we look 4wd to seeing the magik he intends to do in this so short a time
Anonymous
posted: 10:09 am
well the wish of the nigerians have been done but can you satisfy them? NO can you hear some1 calling for siasia to be the assistant? why cannt you leave him and let him do is job himself. did he know our players? i think that should have been part of the interview.so we dont need to suggest anything for him. my question is WHY 5 MONTH? what happens after world cup? let us loog at the long term
Anonymous
posted: 10:10 am
"The first shall be the last and the last shall be the first"

This man was the last to be interviewed and was eventually picked. What a irony. His names sounds like "Star Lager beer" I hope he will turn the Super Eagles into a star team.

For the sake of our country, I will solicit that we all stand behind the new TA and give him a breathing space to get down to work. The time might be short but nothing is impossible. Lets keep the faith flying. @dozie, welcome to the faith gang.


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