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Rohr: Ex-Nigeria coach slams Pinnick over ‘ridiculous’ dressing room talk

3:12 am AEDT 17/12/21
Amaju Pinnick
The German tactician is exasperated with the NFF president’s claim he was axed because he lost the Super Eagles dressing room

Former Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has labelled remarks from Amaju Pinnick that he lost the dressing room while in charge of the Super Eagles as “ridiculous’.

The 68-year-old was axed as the handler of the three-time African champions after five years in charge, with Augustine Eguavoen drafted in as an interim replacement.

Defending the reason why the former Burkina Faso coach was shown the way out, the president of the Nigeria Football Federation stated Rohr lost control of his team's discipline – thus, he had to be fired.

Pinnick told Channels TV: “He [Rohr] happens to be the longest-serving manager of the Super Eagles.

“We gave him all the support but we didn’t want to wait for a disaster to happen before parting ways. The last two games were very tough games for us.

“We did everything that we could, but one major factor was that discipline in the team is lost practically. In the dressing room, discipline in the team was at its lowest edge and once you remove discipline, that foundation in the team has cracked.

“Players now talk back at you, players believe that they are indispensable. A lot of factors that will now militate against the team.”

This statement by the former Caf vice president did not go down well with Rohr, stating that the NFF had mapped out a plan to send him packing.

“This is ridiculous. Everybody knows it. The dressing room was always with me,” the German told ESPN.

“All the players are writing to me and thanking me for my professionalism, for my independent work, for my presence.

“The dressing room was 100% behind me. And I hope it will also be 100% behind the new coach.

“I think they already had this prepared. They brought the new coach [Eguavoen] one year ago, so he could have a look.

“He would ask for the technical reports because he was technical director and Paul [Aigbogun], his assistant, was doing for me the work of scouting the opponents.

“But I wish them all the best because I want my players to succeed, to win the Afcon. I want Nigeria to go to the World Cup, and I'm sure that they will.”

Rohr was named as permanent manager of the three-time African champions in August 2016, following the unceremonious departure of Sunday Oliseh.