Former Sporting Lisbon manager Jose Peseiro is apparently the top contender to become the Super Eagles’ new head coach after interim coach Austin Eguavoen stepped down in March.
It has also been revealed that Dutch coach Mark Wotte and former Algeria coach Adel Amrouche are among the coaches who have expressed interest in the job with the Eagles.
Apart from the aforementioned names, numerous notable managers have been connected with the Eagles post, including former Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde, ex-PSG and France coach Laurent Blanc, former PSV Eindhoven manager Phillip Cocu, and former Sampdoria and Cagliari manager Walter Zenga.
The Nigeria Football Federation, in December 2021, in a statement from its media team titled ‘Communique of the meeting of NFF Executive Committee’ endorsed Portuguese Peseiro following the termination of Gernot Rohr’s contract earlier in the month.
“After careful consideration of a memo presented by Chairman of the Technical and Development Sub-Committee, the Executive Committee endorsed a proposal for the appointment of Mr Jose Peseiro as the new Head Coach of the Super Eagles, following the end to the relationship with Mr Gernot Rohr,” the statement read in part.
“However, the committee resolved that Mr. Augustine Eguavoen, named the interim Head Coach, will lead the Super Eagles to AFCON 2021 in Cameroon with Mr. Peseiro only playing the role of Observer.”
There was however a twist as Eguavoen remained in charge of the Eagles for the World Cup final play-offs which Nigeria lost to Ghana on goal aggregate.
Meanwhile, an official of the ministry confirmed on Monday that Peseiro, who in February said he never told the NFF that he would take over the Eagles job, is now the man leading the race for the vacant position.
“The minister has insisted on a fairground for all coaches that apply for the Eagles,” the source said.
“Four coaches are in the running for the job and they are Mark Wotte, Philip Cocu, Adel Amrouche, and the man in the mirror of everybody, Peseiro.”
There are reports that several coaches who applied for the Eagles job are demanding for $55,000 with one of them even asking to be paid $250,000 a month.
The reports added that Peseiro is willing to accept $50,000