Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Gernot Rohr says he is not bothered by the terms of his new contract which stipulates that he must take a pay cut if he wants to continue in his role.
“I never talk about my contract in public, as you know,” Rohr told ESPN. “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 with these two things, and even I agree to have a lower salary.
“I am not doing my job for money. I am doing my job because I like it. Because we have built a team as 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.”
The present deal of the coach will expire in June and talks over a new contract has been on for a while but according to Rohr that is a thing of the past although he has amended some part of the deal and sent it back to the NFF.
“I want to work free in all my responsibilities,” he told ESPN. “Independence as a coach who is responsible for results. It is always good to be sure you can do work with confidence and be free in the choice of good players.
“We have a good relationship with Pinnick, with [ NFF vice-President] Seyi [Akinwunmi] and with [League Management Company chairman] Shehu [Dikko] so I think we can find an agreement. There is no big problem to change.
“All I can say is that we are discussing in a good spirit with NFF. They sent me the proposal, I sent my answer. There are some little things to discuss, and then we will see. Everything can be discussed. They have my answer and now I will wait for the proposal coming back.”