The Nigeria Football Federation officials have settled for Frenchman Paul Le Guen as the next Super Eagles coach. INFORMATION NIGERIA brings you 7 very interesting facts about him.
1. Paul Le Guen was born on March 1st, 1964.
He was manager of the Oman national football team, from which he was relieved in November 2015.
2. He was capped 17 times by France and was part of the team which included Eric Cantona and David Ginola, that lost out on the trip to the FIFA World Cup, held in the United States in 1994.
3. During his playing career he enjoyed successful stays with FC Nantes and PSG and won 17 caps for the French national team.
4. At international level he played 17 times for France due to injuries. He ended his playing career by taking part in a friendly where his home region of Brittany faced Cameroon on 21 May 1998.
5. During his time at Rennes between 1998 and 2001, Le Guen was noted for signing relatively unknown players, such as Shabani Nonda and El Hadji Diouf, who under his guidance, developed into talented footballers. He resigned from Rennes in 2001 after a fall-out with the club’s board. This led to him taking a year off from football.
6. Le Guen replaced Jacques Santini as manager of Olympique Lyonnais in 2002 after they captured their first league title. Le Guen experienced a grim start to his managerial career at Lyon, winning only 3 games of the first 9, but eventually took Lyon to a further three consecutive championships and reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-final. He resigned from his position at Lyon on 9 May 2005, the day after the club won their fourth consecutive Ligue 1 championship.
7. Le Guen was named Cameroon national football team manager in July 2009, signing a five-month contract. He made an immediate impact by leading the team to qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.