The Man, Gernot Rohr – New Super Eagles Helmsman


David Adeyemi
Gernot Rohr, the new Super Eagles sweat merchant was born on June 28, 1953. He is a German manager and former footballer. The coming of Rohr was an aftermath of Frenchman Paul Le guen’s rejection of the Super Eagles offer after beating the likes of Salisu Yusuf to emerge the preferred coach. He is currently working as a technical adviser for the Super Eagles of Nigeria under the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
In 1996, he managed Girondins Bordeaux to the UEFA Cup final, where they lost to Bayern Munich over two legs, 0–2 away and 1–3 at home. Bordeaux’s run to the final included a famous 3–0 win over AC Milan in the quarter-finals. From October 1998 until April 1999, he was Sports Director of Eintracht Frankfurt.
Rohr was fired by Étoile Sportive du Sahel following a third-place finish in the league, outside of the 2010 CAF Champions League places, on May 15, 2009. On 9 June 2009, he was named as the new Head Coach of the Ligue 2 team, FC Nantes, his contract running till June 30, 2011. On December 3, 2009, he was fired by FC Nantes and replaced by Jean-Marc Furlan. On 21 February 2010, Rohr replaced French coach, Alain Giresse at the helm of the Gabon National Football team.
He became manager of Niger National Football team in September 2012, and resigned in October 2014.
On 22 December 2015, he was sacked by Burkina Faso FA as manager.
He was shortlisted for the Guinea national team job in July 2016. In August 2016; he was named manager of the Super Eagles of Nigeria by the Nigeria Football Federation Chief, Amaju Pinnick.
His stewardship as the sweat merchant of the Nigerian National Team started paying off immediately as under his watch the Eagles defeated the Tanzanian team by a lone goal scored by Kelechi Iheanacho.
He has been mandated to qualify the Super Eagles for the 2018 World Russia as the team had already been eliminated from the 2017 African Nations Cup to be held in Gabon.
We can only wish him the best as he tries to resuscitate the dying Nigerian football.

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