Why Nigeria Cannot Hire Herve Renard As the Next Super Eagles Coach

Why Nigeria Cannot Hire Herve Renard As the Next Super Eagles Coach

Chukwu Ikechukwu
April 1, 2024 at 1:48 PM
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  • The Nigeria Football Federation has shown interest in Herve Renard
  • The NFF wants Renard to succeed Jose Peseiro as the next manager
  • Renard is the current head coach of the France Women's national team

Nigeria’s quest to hire Herve Renard could be the dream of every supporter of the national team but that huge ambition most likely will not see the light of day due to the financial implications.

The Nigeria Football Federation are still searching for a competent coach to replace Jose Peseiro who led the Super Eagles to win the silver medal at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

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Herve Renard has been strongly linked with the vacant Super Eagles job. Photo by Florencia Tan Jun.
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According to the Daily Post, the NFF is interested in making Renard the new head coach of the Super Eagles although the two-time AFCON-winning coach is still the manager of the France Women’s team.

Over 100 coaches had applied to become the next Nigeria coach, including interim manager Finidi George and former international Emmanuel Amunike after the NFF declared the position vacant.

The next coach of the Super Eagles will be charged with qualifying Nigeria for the 2026 FIFA World Cup and also reaching the final of the 2025 AFCON in Morocco.

Why NFF cannot hire Renard

Meanwhile, Renard’s huge salary expectation could become the major stumbling block in the NFF’s ambition to hire the former Ivory Coast and Zambia manager.

Per Soccernet, the 65-year-old manager, who has hinted at quitting as France women’s national team coach after the Paris Olympics, will reportedly earn a whopping $150,000 monthly salary.

Renard’s expected salary will be three times in value of what the NFF struggled to pay former coach Peseiro who was on a monthly salary of $50,000 by Nigeria’s football body.

The humongous amount of Renard’s salary could force the NFF to botch their plans of hiring him and stick to selecting one of the local coaches to become the next Super Eagles coach.

Herve Renard linked with Nigeria job

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Nigeria is set to make a move for coach Renard when his contract with the French women’s national team expires in June.

The 55-year-old tactician is interested in leading a team to the 2026 FIFA World Cup after his exploits with Morocco in 2018 and Saudi Arabia in 2022.

Renard led Zambia and Ivory Coast to AFCON success in 2012 and 2015 respectively.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..
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