By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has agreed to pay cut which was included in his new contract proposal by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF. This was confirmed in an interview with Rohr by ESPN’s Collin Udoh.
“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 with these two things, and even I agree to have a lower salary.
Rohr said that he is in talks with NFF pertaining to his contact proposal as he is not doing his job for money but due to his passion for his job.
“I am not doing my job for money. I am doing my job because I like it. Because we have built a team as 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.”
NFF recently reviewed Gernot Rohr contract proposal to include salary pay cut, being paid in Naira, and staying in Nigeria in order to monitor the league and improve league player.
“As 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, 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.” He concluded.
Gernot Rohr’s contract will expire in June, 2020, and NFF is including some new provisions in his contract which include staying in Nigeria and monitoring the league in order to improve the players in the league.
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