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World Cup 2010

Trapattoni interested in Nigeria post

February 10, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Giovanni Trapattoni would be interested in becoming the new Nigeria boss, according to his representative.

Giovanni Trapattoni
GettyImagesTrapattoni, 70, managed Italy from 2000 to 2004
Nigeria claim Hiddink interest

A number of high-profile names have been linked with the post since Shaibu Amodu's dismissal at the weekend as Nigeria seek a top-class coach for this summer's World Cup.

And, after Ireland failed to make it to South Africa after losing their play-off to France, Trapattoni's agent, Domenico Ricci, has now said he would welcome an approach.

"This is a very delicate issue, but of course Giovanni will be interested," Ricci told Kick Off Nigeria. "He can leave the Republic if he gets a concrete offer, but that would have to come before March 3 and then he can consider it."

Bruno Metsu, Ratomir Djukovic, Peter Taylor and Hassan Shehata are also thought to be on the list, but the biggest name linked so far has been Guus Hiddink.

Hiddink, currently in charge of Russia, is said to be interested in the position. His representative, Cees van Nieuwenheizen, has claimed he would even be willing to take a pay-cut if he decides to leave his current post, but says there has been no official contact.

"Guus is a loyal employee of the Russian Football Federation," he said. "He has a contract until July 15 and he never breaks a contract.

"If - and I say if because we have not been officially contacted by the Nigeria federation - if we get such an offer, we will have to discuss with the Russian Federation and, if there could be an agreement with the Russian federation, then Guus could consider the situation.

"Currently there is a new president at the Russia Federation and we are talking about the future of after July 15, whether he stays or goes and that might change the situation a bit.

"Already, he has received offers from other countries who want him to take them to the World Cup. One of them is North Korea. Guus did not want to go anywhere because he did not qualify Russia for the World Cup, but now, with the new president, things might have changed.

"If there could be the possibility of a cooperation with the Russian Football Federation to release Guus for 2010 World Cup, then if he will go with any country to South Africa, like in this instance Nigeria, then he cannot make the same money he is making in Russia because the financial situation of many federations in Africa is completely different."

He added: "If there is somebody from the Nigeria Football Federation interested, they should call me, then I will tell them the same story that I am telling you.

"We are not in a position to take any initiative because we have not received any formal contact and Guus is not looking for a job.

"A lot of people call and claim to be from Nigeria and we cannot talk to anybody. But if somebody calls and says he is the President or the General Secretary, then we can speak to the Russia federation and we can find a solution."