Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger and former Liverpool Boss Gerard Houllier recommended Gernot Rohr to the NFF.
NFF President Amaju Pinnick revealed the FA consulted with the Managers – who are incidentally French – after the 2018 FIFA World Cup third round draw.
Rohr’s name was consistently offered up by Wenger and Houllier as the candidate that was experienced enough to deliver the Super Eagles from the group of death.
The Franco-German had spells with Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso in his sojourn on the continent.
Rohr was appointed on an initial two-year contract in August 2016, taking over a team in turmoil following Sunday Oliseh’s resignation.
Speaking about the Super Eagles Technical Adviser’s quality, Pinnick insists now there is no doubt Rohr was the perfect choice.
“When we saw the draw for the World Cup, we knew we were condemned [by a tough group] and we determined that we must overcome it.
“The first thing we identified was that we needed a new coach so we reached out to Arsene Wenger, to Gerard Houllier, and one name kept coming to the fore: Rohr.
“Now we have no regrets about hiring him and he has proven himself not just by qualifying for the World Cup, but with the foundation he is laying for our team, which now has young players from the age of 19, [he is] doing well,” Pinnick told a gathering recently.
[Pinnick was quoted by ghanasoccernet]
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