Fifty-two -year-old Frenchman Paul Le Guen who was picked by the Nigeria Football Federation as the new coach of the Super Eagles on Monday in Abuja has rejected the offer of the NFF.
Information about this development came as a rude shock as the former PSG manager declined offer while negotiating the personal terms with the federation.
A French Newspaper, LEquipe, was first to blew the lid early on Tuesday as it reported that : “Paul Le Guen will not go to Nigeria. Conditions not met to be the coach.
He has nothing to do with the team yet” The Director of Communications of the NFF, Ademola Olajire, told our correspondent that negotiations with the Coach were not conclusive on Monday.
Talks between both parties broke down as Le Guen insisted that the federation must not set any target for him while the NFF gave him a mandate of qualifying the Super Eagles for Russia 2018 World Cup.
The former Cameroon coach also rejected the idea of residing in Nigeria which is contrary to the plan of the NFF to have him stay parmanently in the country for the job. It was so shocking that all the loose ends were yet to be tidied up before the federation came up with a Press release that a new coach had been named ‘pending personal terms’
In a swift turn around however, the NFF after a meeting of the topshots in Abuja on Tuesday denied ever naming Le Guen as the Super Eagles coach.
Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, dismissed reports in local and international media of the Frenchman’s rejection of the position as simply preposterous.