• Sat. May 18th, 2024

“What I am getting is good enough for me” – Finidi George

Newly appointed Super Eagles head coach, Finidi George has expressed a clear vision for his tenure, emphasizing the importance of adding value over monetary gain, platinumnewsng.com is reporting.

Speaking at a recent press conference, George, who succeeded Jose Peseiro, stated that his priority is not to surpass his predecessor’s earnings but to enhance the team’s performance.

“I know money is good but I think if you add value to what you do, the money will come. I am not quite worried about earning as much or more than what Jose Peseiro was earning. What I am getting is good enough for me,” George remarked.

“The money will come when I add value to what I am doing. For me, it’s all about work and adding value. So long as the team is winning, the money will come.”

Having been with the Super Eagles for 20 months, first as an assistant and now as head coach, also spoke strong rapport with the players, describing it as “perfect.”

He spoke on how he intends to maintain and improve these relationships, adopting management techniques aligned with European standards.

“As an Assistant and now a Head Coach, we are not changing it. I will just try to improve my relationship with the players.

“These are professional players. We have to give them what they are used to in Europe and Europe you don’t have to slap anybody for not doing their job. Definitely, I have a way of talking to the players they will understand.

“Henceforth, you will not hear any controversy about my relationship with the players. That will be perfect,”  he said, indicating a refined approach to player management that steers clear of controversy.

On the selection of players, George insisted on commitment and regular club play as non-negotiable criteria. “For me, Nigeria is first,” he declared, expecting the same level of commitment and loyalty from each player called up to represent the nation.

Looking ahead, George’s immediate focus is on the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, with important matches against South Africa and the Benin Republic on the horizon. “My first target is to ensure we are in line to qualify for the World Cup. The major step is these two games. We will do everything to win against South Africa and the Benin Republic,” he stated.

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