Rohr agrees pay-cut with NFF to remain as Super Eagles coach

by Ayotunde Ogala (5 min read)

The 66-year old tactician has a contract until June 2020 with the NFF and has agreed to the NFF’s terms for the renewal of his contract.

According to Colin Udoh of ESPN, Super Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr has come to terms with the conditions of renewal given to him by the NFF via boss, Amaju Pinnick.

Rohr has no problems with those conditions, ESPN reports.

“I never talk about my contract in public, as you know,”

“But I heard like everybody what was said by President [Amaju] Pinnick, that I have to accept to be paid in naira, and I have to be resident in Nigeria. I agree to these two things, and even I agree to have a lower salary.

“I am not doing my job for money. I am doing my job because I like it. Because we have built a team like you know, and money is not the most important. But I also have to look after my assistants.

“I accept because I think that my mission in Nigeria is not finished yet, and I know very well my players. I know very well the officials. We are now just like a family, and I think it is good to continue especially in this period now where it is difficult to change, to travel, to see new people.”

He [Rohr] also explained that the salaries of his three assistants, Tunde Adelakun, Nabil Trabelsi and Jean Luc Royer were being paid out of his own salary, but did not reveal what percentage of his US$55,000 salary was being cut, in the revised contract.

“Like I told you, I don’t speak in public about it. I never spoke about my salary, I only saw that it has been published. But it’s for four people and not only for me. A lot of people don’t know that.”

“I want to work free in all my responsibilities,” he told ESPN.

“Independence as coach who is responsible for results. It is always good to be sure you can do a work with confidence and be free in the choice of good players.

“We have a good relationship with Pinnick, with [ NFF vice-president] Seyi [Akinwunmi] and with [League Management Company chairman] Shehu [Dikko] so I think we can find an agreement. There is no big problem to change.

“All I can say is that we are discussing in a good spirit with NFF. They sent me the proposal, I sent my answer. There are some little things to discuss about, and then we will see. Everything can be discussed. They have my answer and now I will wait for the proposal coming back.”

Rohr, who led the Super Eagles to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and AFCON 2019 in Egypt also revealed that he has options, should the NFF refuse his proposed changes and an agreement cannot be reached.

“If the answer I give with some little changes in my contract is positive, I will continue. If not, I have to see what they give me because I have still the request from two other federations. I received it — they are waiting for my answer — but I take my time to give the NFF to make the final draft before I answer them.”

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Excerpts sourced from ESPN.com

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