Erikson: Why I Turned Down Super Eagles’ Job In 2010

Erikson: Why I Turned Down Super Eagles’  Job In 2010

Former England manager Sven-Goran Erikson has revealed he turned the chance to manage the Super Eagles at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa after he was told by an official of the Nigeria Football Federation that his salary would be paid into two different bank accounts.

Erikson, 72, was among the coaches shortlisted for the Nigeria’s job after the late Amodu Shaibu was relieved of his job despite guiding the Super Eagles to a third place finish at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.

“I’ve never applied for a job in my entire life,”Erikson stated in an interview with branschen.se.

“All my assignments have come about through the results I have achieved. I have never gone through any traditional job interviews, never sat down and conducted any tests or been analysed.

“The closest I have come to an interview is that I met the owner or chairman of the club or national team during a dinner or some other context. But then it was really just about meeting to talk about terms and contracts.”

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Erikson added, “The only time I can remember having undergone any form that resembles an interview was when I was asked about the job of Nigeria’s national team coach in 2010 ahead of the World Cup in South Africa.

“I went down in the belief that I would meet the chairman of the national team association (NFF) and that it was really only contract formalities that we would go through. But when I arrived, several coaches had received the same invitation, including Lars Lagerbäck. I was very surprised but found myself quite quickly.

“After a while, I was called into the room with a chairman who declared that they wanted me as a coach, but with the proviso that my salary would be divided into two parts: one that I got into my account and another that would be deposited into another account that was not in my name. “There I refused on the standing. I thought something didn’t go right,”

Swedish coach Lagerbäck would go on to get the job at that time.

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 7
  • Yinkus 6 days ago

    Which kind country be this Nigeria self, must something shady, corrupt, devilish and mischievous always be attached to everything in Nigeria?
    Diving salary into two might not be a problem, but why paying it into two deffrent accounts.Why? Why?

     
  • Adewuyi Olaosenikan 6 days ago

    This is sirios. So this kind of tin can hapen in Nigeria. My arm don drop.

     
  • Sugar daddy 6 days ago

    Who were the people in charge at that time????

     
  • Ololo 6 days ago

    Likely sani Lulu, criminals, aminu magairi was elected in 2010 but I doubt if he would want to start his administration with such,

     
    • Sura the tailor 6 days ago

      Why mentioned names with no evidence? Have you taken leave of your senses?

       
  • Omo9ja 6 days ago

    No be today now Oga Erikson. This has been happening for so long even, till today.

    Nigeria is a blessed Country in the world no doubt but the only problem we are having is our leaders.

    So therefore,

    “I’ve never applied for a job in my entire life,”Erikson stated in an interview with branschen.se.

    “All my assignments have come about through the results I have achieved. I have never gone through any traditional job interviews, never sat down and conducted any tests or been analysed”.

    I said almost the same thing here yesterday about coach Rohr. Let your work speak for you. If you are good enough, Nigerians will support you and fight for your right.

    Thanks for exposing our leaders Mr. Erikson.
    Truth is hurt but together, we patriotic Nigerians will make Nigeria great. Shikena. God bless Nigeria!!!

     
  • No wander they want to frozen BABA ROHR out…..
    Rohr is becoming an hindrance to them….
    They want somebody that they can open 5 accounts for…..
    COME TO THE PUBLIC AND CLAIM 4 or 5 million pounds per annum but behind the person is recieving 2 or 3 million pound….

    They will turn national team to business venture where their below average home base are being advertised for international suitors……

    Once u refuse their proposal u will start hearing excuses like; if u want to coach super eagles u must be ready to:

    develop our NPFL and the players….. As if THE Super Eagles’ COACH IS NOW THE LMC CHAIRMAN…..

    invite players that TOGO thrashed 4 nil,,, MOROCCO harmmered 4-1,,,, TOGO whipped 2nil,,,, knocked out in WAFU competition etc to the super eagles….. As if THE NATIONAL TEAM IS NOW A PLACE FOR DOING TRIAL ERROR….

    Rubbish…..