SWITZERLAND, MAY 24 – Former Tottenham Hotspurs Manager, Harry Redknapp may be the next coach of the Super Eagles if reported moves by Nigeria’s Ministry of Sports and Youths Development become successful, Today’s Echo has gathered.
British Tabloid, Daily Star hinted on Sunday that Harry Redknapp is wanted as the next manager of Nigeria.
“The future of current Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is in serious doubt with his contract up at the end of the month,” the Tabloid added.
Today’s Echo has also confirmed from local sources that Nigeria is indeed planning to recruit Redknapp.
Punch, one of Nigeria’s most widely circulated newspapers reported last week that top officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development want 73-year-old Englishman Harry Redknapp, whose last coaching job was in 2017, to take over from Gernot Rohr.
Rohr’s current deal runs out in June, with the Franco-German in the final stages of concluding a new deal with the Nigerian Football Federation in the coming days.
A week earlier, sports minister Sunday Dare had, in a video, said he wanted a competent hand to manage the national team, “whether it is Rohr or not.”
Dare said, “All I want is a coach that is competent, I don’t care whether it is Rohr or not. The name doesn’t matter, but does he have the credentials?
“Look at our footballers, they play in some of the best clubs in the world and are coached by some of the best coaches.
“So if you want to coach a Nigerian team, you better be sound because the invited players that are going to represent the country train under the best coaches, therefore, we don’t want a player that is sounder than the coach.”
However, the Executive Committee of the NFF in a meeting held via video conferencing on Thursday, mandated its General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi to “liaise with the Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Mr. Gernot Rohr, with a view to concluding all matters around Mr. Rohr’s new contract within the next one week.”
According to the newspaper, a top football stakeholder, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that even though Rohr was about sealing a new deal with the NFF, the ministry was looking at Redknapp taking over as coach of the Eagles in the coming days.
The ex-West Ham and Portsmouth manager, whose last job was with Birmingham in 2017, has always held ambitions of being a coach on the international stage.
He lost out to Roy Hodgson in the race for the England job in 2015 – and was later sacked by Spurs for declaring his interest in the Three Lions post.
Ironically, England’s loss was almost Nigeria’s gain after they came close to appointing Redknapp ahead of the 2016 World Cup finals.
Negotiations reached an advanced stage only to collapse at the last minute.