Nigeria Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has confirmed he has accepted a pay cut from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to stay and accomplish his unfinished business with the three-time African Champions, according to ESPN.
Rohr has agreed terms for a contract renewal and is hopeful that he will continue as Head Coach of the Super Eagles.
The German tactician’s current contract with the NFF expires at the end of June and both parties are keen to come to an agreement and continue their working relationship which started in 2016.
Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick, earlier this month, revealed the details in the new contract tabled before Rohr, which includes, receiving his salary in Naira (Nigeria’s currency) and also residing in Nigeria mostly.
Rohr has confirmed he has received the proposals from the NFF, accepted the terms and conditions in it and has agreed to take a pay cut of his salary.
“I never talk about my contract in public, as you know,” he 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 a resident in Nigeria. I agree to 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 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’s answer to the proposal goes with an amendments and now he is waiting for the NFF’s response to it.
The 66-year-old says he has two job offers on his cards which he has not replied to yet, pending final draft of his contract with the NFF.
“If the answer I give with some little changes in my contract is positive, I will continue,” he added.
“If not, I have to see what they give me because I have still the requests from two other federations. I received it – they are waiting for my answer – but I will take my time to give the NFF to make the final draft before I answer them.”
Rohr says slashing his salary for three months is as a support for the NFF during this Coronavirus pandemic.
“Of course, everybody at the moment has an obligation to understand that there are no matches,” he said.
“Clubs and federations have problems with money, even if they have assistance from FIFA or UEFA, but everybody has to be ready to make sacrifices.
“So I already told NFF that in the months from April to June, we are agreed to cut our salaries, which is also a sign of solidarity.”
FIFA is donating over $150m USD to help Member Associations as a first step of relief plan.