In the quest for a new Super Eagles coach, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, revealed he spoke with Jose Mourinho of Portugal and Arsene Wenger of France. ayokinews.com reports
In a press conference on Wednesday in Lagos, the NFF president stated that the football body will send a coach who is “hungry” and “ready for the challenge” of coaching the three-time African champions.
“I also spoke with Arsene. Arsene is our technical director at FIFA. I had an interface with him about some of these coaches. And of course [we spoke to] Mourinho. I am not going to tell you that we did not speak to Mourinho,” Pinnick explained, less than two weeks after Gernot Rohr was dismissed as the team’s coach.
“These are some of the best coaches in the world. And there is nothing wrong with it because he [Wenger] is equally concerned just the way we are.”
Pinnick also said that the NFF has held negotiations with Jose Peseiro, a former Real Madrid assistant coach and FC Porto head coach, as well as Serbian Mladen Krstajic, to find a new manager for the Super Eagles.
“The emphasis on the new coach is discipline. We will look at his antecedents on discipline,” Pinnick added.
“Secondly, we will also look at how hungry he is to win trophies because if they are hungry it supersedes so many things and if he wants to win, he will instill discipline. We will look at all these things but I cannot make a pronouncement emphatically because I will be undermining my executive committee.”
“So, until my executive committee comes out within the next week or so to say this is the name because the technical committee has to bring their presentation to the executive committee. It is going to be a seamless movement to the current team headed by Eguavoen.”