Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has found the sack axe dangling over his head, following his team’s poor form at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, and shock defeat by Madagascar on Sunday.
After struggling to beat Burundi and Guinea 1-0 each in their first two matches, the Eagles fell 2-0 to debuting Madagascar in their last group match, which is said to have left officials of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) disillusioned with his ability, and they are now ready to sack him.
Dramatically, the report indicates further that Rohr may still lose his job in charge of the Eagles even if he wins AFCON 2019, as NFF top shots reckon it would not be through his acumen but by dint of determination from the players, who appeared lost under his direction.
The last straw for Rohr turned out to be losing to Madagascar, who are ranked 108th in the world, and SportingLife reports that the NFF officials are not impressed with the Franco-German gaffer’s tactical insight.
Top shots at The Glasshouse have now reportedly asked their lawyers to look at Rohr’s contract, towards terminating his deal immediately after the Nations Cup on July 19, as they are not impressed with his approach, despite getting all necessary support required to succeed in Egypt.
Although the 66-year-old Rohr is already in the final year of his contract with Nigeria, after he extended his tenure by two years before the 2018 World Cup in Russia, his is bound to lose the job later this month.
Added to the grouse many big guns at the NFF have against Rohr is that he has not been able to make the best use of a free hand given him by the previously incommoding technical committee, whose members are now pressing home the point that the coach has not been able to blend Nigeria’s star players, especially in attack.
The team failed to go past the first round at the World Cup and, though he led the Eagles back to the AFCON, after they failed to qualify for the previous two editions back-to-back, their performance so far has left many questions on all fronts, even when they beat Burundi and Guinea.
The inside source told SportingLife: “We have given Rohr a free-hand to run the team. He picked his players for this competition unhindered.
“We had a few reservations about the choice of certain players. But we allowed him to go with all the technical issues, especially with the choice of players.”
An additional report by SCORENigeria indicates that the Eagles’ players are also unhappy that the team is yet to have pinpoint pattern, despite Rohr now having been in charge for three years.
One of the players told SCORENigeria in confidence: “Can you believe that we still don’t have a pattern of play after this man has been in charge for three straight years.”