The disgraced Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation led by Amaju Pinnick on Tuesday evening, sought to save face by declaring they had not offered the Nigeria coaching job to Paul Le Guen, after the Frenchman reportedly turned down the job.
Reports in France indicate Le Guen and the NFF were yet to agree on a deal before he was announced as the chosen candidate to become the next Super Eagles coach.
In a statement on Monday, the NFF had announced Le Guen had been given the job, but with reports emanating on Tuesday that he had turned it down, the Glass House has sought some damage control by insisting the appointment was yet to be ratified.
“The press statement was clear, to the effect that all appointments made at the Technical and Development Committee meeting were mere recommendations, which had to be deliberated upon and agreed to by the Board. No sub –committee in the NFF, except the judicial bodies, takes decisions. They only make recommendations,” chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande said in a new statement.
“In truth, the Technical and Development Committee perused the profiles of all the coaches who submitted applications and find Mr. Paul Le Guen suitable for the post. But during final negoatiations, he objected to being given a target and also did not wish to live in Nigeria, which was a sore point with the Board.”
Yahaya-Kwande added: “The job of Head Coach of Nigeria is a very big one and there is no way anyone will get such a job without being handed a target. There is absolutely no issue with Le Guen saying he is not coming; several highly –qualified persons would be happy to be named Manager of the Senior National Team of Nigeria. We have a plan to take care of that eventuality.”