SIASIA SEALS EAGLES DEAL TUESDAY
Lawyers representing Samson Siasia have reveled that they are confident a deal for the Nigerian former international to take over as manager of Super Eagles would be reached on Tuesday.
Siasia's lead lawyer, Ijere Austin, said that he was hopeful a deal would be struck Tuesday when they would meet again with top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
“Samson is desperate to satisfy the yearnings of Nigerians who love him so much and have been clamouring for him to get the job. So, he is ready to finalise discussions with the leadership of the NFF on Tuesday,” disclosed Austin, who is chief executive of Pitch Affairs Limited.
“We have discussed and he has agreed to lower his demands. This we hope, willo convince the NFF when we meet again on Tuesday. Although, I won't be able to give you details now until we finish our discussions.
Siasia will now settle for a monthly salary of N5 million (about $35,000) and a signing-on fee of N50 million.
The lawyer also defended the $1 million sign-on fee and $100,000 a month salary Siasia demanded during contract talks with the NFF board last week in Abuja, arguing that it is from the amount that he will pay his backroom staff.
“He asked for the sum because he plans to hire some European coaches to assist him in this assignment. He hired a goalkeeper's coach and a trainer from Europe when he handled the Flying Eagles at the 2009 Under-20 World Cup,” said Austin. ” And with the Super Eagles' job, he would need far more men to succeed. These are some of the things that made him to ask for that remuneration in the first instance.
“Therefore, he wasn't happy at all when it was reported that he wanted so much money to the detriment of the job.”?