Pep Guardiola subtly backs ex-assistant for Super Eagles' coaching role: report

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updated in March 21, 2024 at 9:54

  • The Super Eagles coach vacancy continues to generate endless conversations
  • A former assistant to Pep Guardiola would have applied to be Nigeria coach
  • According to a recent report, the Manchester City boss has subtly backed his ally

The situation of the coach of the Super Águilas of Nigeria continues to create quite a stir in the Nigerian football community.

After the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) took to social media to announce the vacancy for the position, a flood of elite coaches sent in their applications.

Various reports suggest that the NFF received more than 115 applications, and of these figures, more than 40 are claimed to have come from foreign managers.

Josep Guardiola and Domenec Torrent during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton at the Etihad Stadium. Image: Alex Livesey.
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However, among the long list of foreign coaches who have shown intentions to lead Nigeria, one stands out whose candidacy is that of Pep Guardiola's former assistant, Domenec Torrent.

The 61-year-old, who was one of Guardiola's most trusted lieutenants for more than a decade, has reportedly submitted his application for the Super Eagles coaching job.

However, while the Torrent app appears normal, a report from the media outlet, OwnGoalNigeriahas stated that the former Barcelona The coach has subtly backed Torrent to take over as Nigeria's next coach.

Does Guardiola support Torrent?

According to the report, the 53-year-old provided a reference for his former assistant, who hopes to become Nigeria's next coach.

Torrent worked with Guardiola during his spells at Barcelona, ​​Bayern Munich and even Manchester City. However, he eventually left his position as the Spaniard's assistant to become a head coach elsewhere.

Since then, Torrent has managed Brazilian club Flamengo, MLS team New York City FC, and most recently coached Turkish Super Lig giants. Galatasaray.

It remains to be seen whether this subtle endorsement will be enough to convince the NFF technical committee to appoint Torrent as Nigeria coach.

The NFF looks at another Portuguese coach

In a previous report, sports summary mentioned that the NFF is interested in appointing another The Portuguese coach will replace José Peseiro.

The coaching situation is expected to be resolved at the end of March, with former Cameroon Antonio Conceicao is emerging as the favorite to be named Nigeria's next coach. However, several other coaches are also in the running.

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