Three Coaches Siasia Must ‘Fight Off’ To Land Super Eagles Job

Three Coaches Siasia Must ‘Fight Off’ To Land Super Eagles Job

Sunday Oliseh’s reign as the Super Eagles head coach is over after he resigned on on the 25th of February, 2016.

Oliseh led Nigeria to a disastrous CHAN outing in Rwanda, but progressed into the group stage of the World Cup qualifiers, just as they moved up to 62nd in the world and 11th in Africa, in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, March 3.


Now with only 10 days to the crucial 2017 African Nations Cup qualifier against Egypt, Completesportsnigeria.com JOHNNY EDWARD examines the three foreign coaches interim coach Samson Siasia must contend with for the plum job.


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1. Name: Paul Le Guen

Age: 52‎ Nationality: France

Last job: Sacked as Oman's coach in 2015.

Teams coached: Stade Rennes, Lyon, Rangers, Paris Saint-Germain, Cameroon, Oman

Major honours:  3Ligue 1 titles with Lyon Ligue 1 in 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05; Champions Trophy (3): 2002, 2003, 2004. The Coupe de la Ligue with Paris Saint-Germain in 2008.

Summary: Le Guen had a fantastic managerial career in France, most notably with Olympique Lyonnais where he led the team to three consecutive Ligue 1 titles but found it difficult replicating this with the teams he managed afterwards with Paris Saint-Germain, Glasgow Rangers, Cameroon and the Oman national team.

He made a poor start at Rangers in the Scottish League when he agreed to replace Alex McLeish in the 2006–07 season and despite remaining unbeaten in the UEFA Cup and finishing at the top of their group, the former PSG libero left Rangers by mutual consent six months into his three year contract.

In 2008, Le Guen returned to Paris Saint-Germain, the club he once skippered as a player and won the Coupe de la Ligue. Le Guen was named coach of the Cameroon national football team on a short term and he made an instant impact with  the Indomitable Lions qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but his side was the first team officially knocked out of the Mundial. 

After refusing several offers, Le Guen accepted an offer from Oman national football team on 11 June 2011 and led Oman to qualification for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, where they were absent in 2011. Oman was eliminated in the group stage of the tournament with one win and two losses. He was sacked on 19 November 2015 after a poor start of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.

 Chances: Strong favorite


2. ‎Name: Claude Marie François Le Roy

Age: 68 ‎Nationality: France

Last job: Resigned as Congo's coach in 2015.

Teams coached: Amiens, Grenoble, AlShabab, Cameroon, Senegal, Malaysia, Cameroon, Strasbourg, Shanghai Cosco, Cambridge United, DR Congo, Ghana, Oman and Syria.

Major honours: One time AFCON title with Cameroon, AFCON bronze medalist with Ghana.

Summary: Claude Marie François Le Roy has managed 14 teams since he retired from active football with French side Amiens 36 years ago.

His vast experience coaching African teams like Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, DR Congo, Congo and recording success with them has often been cited as his greatest managerial accomplishments on the continent. He has coached at eight Cups of Nations and has now reached the quarter-finals on seven occasions, winning the trophy once.

Le Roy returned to DR Congo in 2011, but his second spell was less successful. He failed to get the team out of a tough group at AFCON 2013 – the one question mark on his excellent Cup of Nations record. He resigned after leading the Congo football team to the qualifying round of the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia.

 Chances: Back up plan 


3. NameMark Wotte

Age: 55‎  Nationality: Netherlands

Current job: Performance director with the Moroccan Football Federation

Teams coached: VV Rijswijk, ADO Den Haag, FC Lisse, FC Utrecht, FC Den Bosch, Netherlands U19+U-21,Willem II Tilburg, Ismaily, RKC Waalwijk, Al Ahli, Southampton, Universitatea Craiova.

Major honours: None

 Summary: Mark Wotte is currently the Performance director of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation. An ex-football player and manager from the Netherlands, Wotte has managed teams in the Netherlands, Egypt, Qatar, England and Romania, and has also worked for the Scottish Football Association.

His major stints in Africa were with Egyptian side Ismaily in 2011, but a public uproar in Egypt saw him return to his homeland Enschede, in the Netherlands when the league was temporarily postponed.

Chances: Slim.

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  • Woke up this morning to face this news and it bothers me. I expected CompleteSports to support the call for the promotion of our local coaches. I expected CompleteSports to spearhead the compaign for 'No More Foreign Coach For Eagles.' I expected CompleteSports to fight for the total revamp of NFF, especially now that the House of Rep want Oliseh to appear before it to talk. (Remember, one of your own, Chief Segun Odegbami, has severally been maltreated by this same NFF). It seems CompeteSports is in support of a foreign coach for the Eagles when passed f.coaches only come here to cool off with our money. No improvement. Now that the HOR has turned their searchlight on NFF and Oliseh wahala, I expected the media to pick up from there and turn the heat on NFF so that the HOR will not cool off. Already they have postponed the HOR/Oliseh meeting because of the Nig-Egypt match. I see it as cooling off because I do not see the affecting the success of the match as Oliseh is not in the team and Siasia is not appearing. The NFF can still carry on their function as they are not invited yet. Please CompleteSports you are the most senior Sports paper in the country, maybe in Afriica, so do the right thing and others will follow.