Harry Redknapp was never seen as a replacement for Gernot Rohr, arguing the move would have meant “returning the Eagles to the 1980s,” says two top officials from the Nigeria Football Federation.
The last job Redknapp did was at Birmingham City in 2017 where he was axed after six straight defeats in all competitions. His only international experience in 2016 was managing Jordan.
Two key figures in the Nigeria Football Federation, however, have claimed the reports are untrue, as the NFF never thought of replacing Rohr.
“When some people try to be mischievous, the news is all a hoax,” the first source told Goal.
Another NFF chief echoed this, who added: “I don’t know about that. Everyone called me about this and I’m under lockdown in my house.
However, by announcing that the German will serve as the head coach of the three-time African champions, President Amaju Pinnick put an end to the speculation
Rohr took over in 2016 from Sunday Oliseh and has since led the Super Eagles to the nations’ FIFA World Cup and Africa Cup.
“But if Nigeria had ever talked about hiring a new mentor, that would certainly not have been Redknapp. Hiring him would mean going back with the Super Eagles into the 1980s, which is absurd.
“Our boys under Gernot Rohr did not do badly. We at the NFF believe in him and we will allow him to carry on his good work over the next few years.