AFCON 2019: NFF can sack me if they want – Rohr

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has admitted that his contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), allows either party to terminate it.

Speaking with SportingLife, Rohr said he will take a few weeks to consider his future, after winning bronze at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The German also addressed some of the criticisms he has faced during his time in charge of the national team.

“I said that I would give my answer after the tournament but the tournament has not ended yet.

“It still remains the final game to be played. I will need a little rest and think about it deeply with my staff, family and friends.

“In our contract, it is very correct and fair play contract. It states that the NFF can stop it if they want and I can also end it if I want.
Perhaps I will, I don’t know yet. I will think about it and in a few weeks, I will give an answer.

“I heard in some social media that they said I am too relaxed and that I am always smiling when I am on the bench.

“They are wondering why a coach is so relaxed under pressure. I don’t know.

“You know I have experience and I have witnessed a lot of situations. I think it is not good for the players to have a coach that is under pressure who shows his stress while speaking to the players. The players will be stressed also.

“We are a relaxed team and also fighters. We never give up. We can concede two goals in a few minutes to halftime and we can say we have the courage to muster a comeback. I think I have the right philosophy and if you stay humble it makes our young players not to become proud.

“Everything is going so quickly. Right now John Obi Mikel is going to the end of his career with the Super Eagles. He had a very good attitude and he accepted to be on the bench and to be replaced even when he starts a game. It is a good example for our young players to stay humble all the time because football career does not take long.
They must not forget how they started as players,” he said.

Rohr was appointed in 2016 and has one year left on his current deal.

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