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Jose Mourinho ‘has held talks about becoming the next NIGERIA boss’ ahead of AFCON, despite only joining Roma in the summer… as the country’s president says they want a ‘top coach’ who is ‘hungry to win trophies’

Nigeria is on the lookout for a new head coach following the dismissal of Gernot Rohr.

Their president, Amaju Pinnick, has set his sights on the AFCON trophy for the next year.

He claims to have spoken with Jose Mourinho, the current manager of Roma.

Pinnick is looking for a coach that is focused and eager to win.

According to rumours from Nigeria, Jose Mourinho has already held negotiations about taking the Nigerian position, even though he has only been with Roma for six months.
After parting ways with Gernot Rohr ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations next year, the Super Eagles are on the hunt for a new coach, with president Amaju Pinnick looking for a manager who can bring the title home once more.

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In statements obtained from the Daily Trust, Pinnick claims he has already had a talk with the former Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Tottenham manager about assuming the job.

‘The emphasis on the new coach is discipline,’ he said. ‘We will also look at how hungry he is to win trophies because if they are hungry it supersedes so many things and if he wants to win he will instil discipline.

‘Of course Mourinho – I am not going to tell you we didn’t talk to Mourinho because we did and the (sports) minister also talked to Mourinho and there is nothing wrong with it.

‘If the coach will give us the Nations Cup, he will be drafted in immediately. I am not going to tell you that it will be later, because of what essence is the recruitment? If the executive committee says yes and we are ready, what are we waiting for?

Mourinho only joined Roma in May after signing a three-year contract, stating his desire to develop a “winning project” over the next few years.

Despite the fact that his team is currently sixth in Serie A, 14 points behind leaders Inter Milan, it seems doubtful that he will abandon ship this early in his tenure.
Former Porto and Sporting Lisbon manager Jose Peseiro was one among the candidates, according to Pinnick, who also spoke with Mladen Krstajic before he joined Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv.

‘We have spoken to three top coaches and Peseiro, whose name has been going around, is one of the coaches and I can tell you he is a top coach.

‘We also talked to Krstajic but after talking to him he got a job with a top club in Israel, Maccabi Tel Aviv. You can see these are coaches that are hungry and ready to take Nigeria as a home; they are people that we know are ready to face the challenge from the 200 million Nigerians.

‘They are coaches who the players cannot be bigger than and I believe we are doing everything we can and that’s why we interface with the ministry on every level.

‘When I spoke with one of the coaches on Tuesday, he was already scouting our players and was telling me things I didn’t even know about our players. It was quite impressive and he told me the strength of each player and he took me off guard. We are not going to experiment and if he can win the Nations Cup, no problem.

‘We know [interim coach Augustine] Eguavoen can do it, but we also want someone who can do it better. If we are unable to sign him soon, then we will work with the current team. But I am not going to tell you that if we have him signed today, he is not going to lead the team to the AFCON.’

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