Saturday, February 27, 2010

Nigeria appoint Lagerback as Technical Adviser

The Nigeria Football Federation's interviews have finally yielded
results with the announcement of ex Sweden handler Lars Lagerback as
the Super Eagles Technical Adviser.

Lagerback has been confirmed as Shaibu Amodu's successor and is
expected to lead Nigeria to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Lagerback got the nod ahead of Glenn Hoddle and Sven-Goran Ericsson,
who were both considered as favourites for the job.

He's gifted with a vast amount of experience and esposure and
we all are hoping our new boss will turn our nightmares into joy, come
the next FIFA showpiece.
He busted into the international stage 19 years ago, concentrating on
the Swedish Football Association's younger team.
In 1996, he was appointed head of Sweden's team B until 1998 when he
was elevated to the position of an assistant coach.

Two years later, he was appointed as Sweden's joint coach, and shared
this position with Soderberg until 2004.
Under his tutelage, Sweden qualified for Euro 2000, but didn't make it
past the group stage.
In 2002, his World Cup ambitions were cut short by Senegal, yet he
managed to qualify Sweden for Euro 2004, where he was stopped by
Netherlands in the quarter-finals.
Two years later he made history by leading them to their fourth
consecutive Championship.

Lagerback quit after failing to qualify Sweden for the 2010 mundial
and will now have the opportunity to taste the action courtesy the
Super Eagles of Nigeria.

The NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire said: Hoddle and ex Senegal coach
Bruno Metsu were impressive in their interviews.
But he added "Lagerback has signed a five-month contract to take
Nigeria to the World Cup."

Lars Lagerback will be coaching the Eagles with effect from next month and
he'll be based in Nigeria.
The question is will the NFF create a conducive working atmosphere for
the manager?