Why I refused the Super Eagles Job – Sven Goran Eriksson
Former England coach, Sven Goran Eriksson said his decision to reject NFF’s proposal of paying him through two different accounts prevented him from taking Super Eagle’s job in 2010 even though he was the first choice for the job
Eriksson was one of the shortlisted coaches to replace the late Amodu Shuaibu, who guided the Super Eagles to a third-place finish at the 2010 Nations cup in Angola and also delivered the nation it’s ticket to the First World Cup on African soil.
The NFF board then led by Aminu Maigari later appointed Swedish Lars Largerback who was unable to lead Nigeria past the group stages following losses to Argentina and Greece.
I’ve never applied for a job in my entire life,” Eriksson said in an interview with branschen.se
“All my assignments have come about through the results I have achieved. I have never gone through any traditional job interviews, never sat down, and conducted any tests or been analysed.
“The closest I have come to an interview is that I met the owner or chairman of the club or national team during a dinner or some other context. But then it was really just about meeting to talk about terms and contracts.”
He further added, “The only time I can remember having undergone any form that resembles an interview was when I was asked about the job of Nigeria’s national team coach in 2010 ahead of the World Cup in South Africa.
“I went down in the belief that I would meet the chairman of the national team association (NFF) and that it was really only contract formalities that we would go through. But when I arrived, several coaches had received the same invitation, including Lars Lagerbäck. I was very surprised but found myself quite quickly.
“After a while, I was called into the room with a chairman who declared that they wanted me as a coach but with the proviso that my salary would be divided into two parts: one that I got in to my account and another that would be deposited into another account that was not in my name. “There, I refused on the standing. I thought something didn’t go right,
Currently, the former Leicester manager is without a job following his resignation as Philippines national team coach in 2019.