Gernot Rohr, the coach of the Super Eagles, has been fired as coach of the Nigeria Senior National team, according to Owngoal. The decision to fire the Franco-German coach was made after a company associated with Nigeria’s senior national team agreed to pay the termination clause in the coach’s contract.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) informed the former Niger and Burkina Faso coach of the decision, and has begun the search for a new coach to lead the team to the 2022 World Cup Playoffs, as well as the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next year. Nigeria will compete for a place in Qatar 2022 against either Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon, Mali, or the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Gernot Rohr (born 28 June 1953) is a former player and manager in the German football league. Since 2016, he has served as the manager of Nigeria’s national team.
He led Girondins de Bordeaux to the UEFA Cup final in 1996, where they were defeated by Bayern Munich over two legs, 0–2 away and 1–3 at home. Bordeaux’s path to the final included a famous 3–0 quarter-final victory over AC Milan. He was Eintracht Frankfurt’s sports director from October 1998 to April 1999.
On 15 May 2009, Rohr was fired by Étoile Sportive du Sahel after finishing third in the league and missing out on a place in the 2010 CAF Champions League. On June 9, 2009, he was named the new head coach of Ligue 2 club FC Nantes, a position he held until June 30, 2011. Rohr was fired by FC Nantes on December 3, 2009, and was replaced by Jean-Marc Furlan.
On February 21, 2010, Rohr took over as coach of the Gabonese national football team, succeeding French coach Alain Giresse. In September 2012, he was appointed manager of the Niger national football team. In October of 2014, he resigned. He was fired as manager of the Burkina Faso national football team on December 22, 2015.
In July 2016, he was shortlisted for the Guinea national team but was not selected. Amaju Pinnick, the president of the Nigeria Football Federation, appointed him manager of the Nigeria national team in August 2016.
In his first game as coach of the Nigerian national team, he defeated Tanzania by a solitary goal in Uyo, Nigeria. On June 10, he suffered his first defeat as Nigeria’s senior coach, a 2–0 home loss to South Africa.
After a 1–0 win over Zambia on October 7, 2017, his Nigeria-led team became the first African team to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Rohr led Nigeria to a third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on July 17, 2019. On May 27, 2020, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF, announced that all contractual agreements for Rohr to extend his contract with the team had been completed.
He was tasked with leading the team to victory in the 2021 Africa Nations Cup, which Cameroon will host. The new contract also includes the Super Eagles’ qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.