Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has confessed that he is seriously considering moving on after the expiration of his contract in June 2020, as he says he no longer enjoys his working condition with Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
While acknowledging that he has enjoyed a good time with the Eagles’ players and staff over the last three years, he confessed that his relations with the administrators have not been very easy; especially when it comes to payment of his wages.
The Franco-German tactician pointed out that he will be free tot talk to willing suitors at the start of the year, and hinted that he could decide to move on should he find a deal that is more suitable than the current difficulties he alleged that he is facing in Nigeria.
He acknowledged that his players appreciate his efforts, which he says makes him still desirous of continuing on the job, but stressed that officials of the NFF have made things difficult for him with delayed payments, inaccessibility and lukewarm reactions to his needs.
With his contract set to expire in the middle of next year, NFF officials have already stated that they will hold talks with the former Niger Republic, Gabon and Burkina Faso handler in January on terms of a new deal, but Rohr believes he deserves better attention from The Glasshouse, having qualified Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup and took them to third place at AFCON 2019.
While equally revealing that he is being owed by the NFF $100,000 in bonuses and allowances, Rohr said he is keen to get his contract t sorted out before it expires in June next year, hence his decision to hire the lawyer, Jean-Jacques Bertrand to negotiate with the officials regarding how his arrears would be paid, as he found direct dealing with the soccer governing body frustrating.
The Franco-German tactician has seven months left to run on his current contract, but he noted that the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers will begin in March and he would become eligible to discuss any new deal with another country from the begging of the year.
He interjected that he will take extra efforts to discuss his future with the NFF in January, but the 66-year-old former Bayern Munich of Germany defender, whose first coaching job was with Girondins-Bordeaux of France and has been in charge of the Eagles since 2016, stressed that he is working under strange and tough conditions.
However, despite the difficult circumstances under which he is working, Rohr, who has already guided the Eagles to a strong start in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, with victories from their first two matches against Benin Republic and Lesotho, said he would love to continue with the AFCON 2019 bronze medalists and three-time champions but admitted he is not happy with the way his contract and salary issues are being handled by the NFF.
Rohr told Inside World Football: “I am surprised that the federation are taking their time to conclude a contract. I am also surprised when I was given a contract extension after qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
“It was only extended until July 2020, which is right in the middle of qualifiers for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. That is not normal and it is only the federation that can explain the reason for this.
“While I have had a good time with my players and staff over the last three years, I have to say that relations with the administration have not been very easy; especially when it comes to the payment of my wages and that of the bonuses and allowances of my players and staff.
“There needs to be a lot more respect in this regard. I preferred to get Jean-Jacques involved because it got to a stage that I didn’t want to be speaking to the federation about money all the time. It got tiring. I wanted to take my mind away from money and simply focus on my job and let him deal with the issues off the field.”