Rohr accepts pay cut to remain S/Eagles gaffer


Super Eagles gaffer Gernot Rohr contractual battle with  his employer the Nigeria Football Federation may have abated as the Franco-German tactician has revealed that he is ready to accept a pay cut to continue with the Super Eagles.

Rohr has been with the Super Eagles since August 2016 after the sacking of Sunday Oliseh and his current contract expires on June 30 2020.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have however given the Franco-German a new contract which states that he will get a lower wage compared to what he was paid before.

Despite the reduction in wages and the terms that state that he must reside in the country and be paid in local currency, Rohr says he will accept the contract.

But I heard like everybody what was said by President [Amaju] Pinnick, that I have to accept to be paid in Naira, and I have to be resident in Nigeria. I agree to these two things, and even I agree to have a lower salary,” Rohr told ESPN.

I am not doing my job for money. I am doing my job because I like it. Because we have built a team like you know, and money is not the most important. But I also have to look after my assistants.

“I accept because I think that my mission in Nigeria is not finished yet, and I know very well my players. I know very well the officials. We are now just like a family, and I think it is good to continue especially in this period now where it is difficult to change, to travel, to see new people.”

Rohr was reportedly being paid around N24m every month ($55,000) but it is not known how much cut he is willing to take for his new contract.

Rohr also revealed that he has returned NFF’s contract proposal with some demands of his own and is hoping an agreement would be reached soon so he can sign an extension.

Rohr  led the Eagles to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where the team failed to reach the second round, and to win the bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

In 49 games with the Super Eagles, Rohr has won 29, drawn 11 and lost nine for a 59.18 wining percentage.

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