All seems well in the Super Eagles as reports from American basic cable sports channel, ESPN has it that Gernot Rohr, the team’s coach will take a pay cut to continue on his duty post.
The reports also revealed that the Franco-German has two offers on the table if he cannot come to an agreement regarding a new contract with the Super Eagles.
His current deal, which was renewed after Nigeria qualified for Russia 2018 World Cup, ends on June 30.
But since December last year, when he pressed for renewal, the Nigerian federation offered a fresh contract with some modified clauses.
Part of the new deal is that the coach must reside in Nigeria and be paid in local currency. He will also take a wage cut.
Rohr has no problems with those conditions.
“I never talk about my contract in public, as you know,” Rohr told ESPN.
“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.”
Rohr would not say how much of a cut he is taking from his $US55, 000 salary but he made it clear that his three assistants are also paid from his wages and not by the NFF.
“For me it is a little bit special because, as you know, with my salary, we are four people. It is not only me.
“I have my three assistants, Tunde Adelakun, Nabil Trabelsi and also Jean Luc Royer. I can speak in the name of my assistants because we are in touch all the time.
“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.”
Rohr, 66, told ESPN that he had returned the NFF’s contract proposal with some proposed changes — which include certain demands of his own — and hoped an agreement could be reached.
“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.