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 By Colin Udoh

Nigeria's coaching search continues: five viable candidates for the job

Sam Allardyce is all smiles after being named England manager, a job he says he has waited years for.
Tom Saintfiet has plenty of experience coaching in Africa. Might he be the right man for the job?

Nigeria got themselves into a bit of a pickle this week with their intended appointment of Frenchman Paul Le Guen as national coach. By the time the dust had settled, it was clear that the arrangement was over well before it had any chance of getting off the ground.

And so, the NFF have now launched a fresh, seven-day search for a replacement. Here are five possible candidates they should consider.

Goran Stevanovic

The Serbian manager spent time in Ghana with the Black Stars in 2011, but...

 By Colin Udoh

Nigeria admit failure to sign Paul Le Guen as manager

Paul Le Guen
Paul Le Guen refused to accept performance-related targets or to live in Nigeria.

Nigeria have admitted they had failed in their bid to land Paul Le Guen as coach of the national side, claiming negotiations broke down over the Frenchman's refusal to accept performance-related targets and to reside in Nigeria.

In a statement signed by executive committee member Suleiman Yahaya Kwande, the NFF said on Wednesday they also disagreed with Le Guen's request to come to the job with two assistants.

"The refusal of Mr. Paul Le Guen, earlier recommended by the technical sub-committee,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

What's trending: Ragnar Klavan signs for Liverpool, Leroy Sane wants exit

Augsburg defender Ragnar Klavan may be heading to Liverpool, but who is he? Alison Bender discusses the Estonian.

Here are the latest stories for Wednesday.

LIVERPOOLLiverpool have completed the signing of defender Ragnar Klavan from Augsburg, the Premier League club have confirmed.

- Liverpool have signed a consummate professional in defender Klavan, Estonia boss Magnus Pehrsson has told ESPN FC.

Jurgen Klopp has said he and the team "still suffer" from Liverpool's 3-1 Europa League final loss to Sevilla in May, but he was quick to add that everyone is ready to move on.

MAN CITY: Schalke...

Paul Le Guen's Nigeria deal collapses due to living arrangement dispute

Paul Le Guen
Former Paris Saint-Germain manager Paul Le Guen could agree terms with the Nigeria Football Federation.

The Nigeria Football Federation says former Paris Saint-Germain manager Paul Le Guen has turned down a contract to become the new national team coach.

The NFF had announced the Frenchman's appointment on Monday pending the finalization of his contract. On Tuesday, however, the NFF confirmed that Le Guen objected to having targets written into the deal and did not want to live in Nigeria.

In a statement, NFF official Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande said: "There is absolutely no issue with Le Guen saying he...

 By Colin Udoh

Paul Le Guen negotiations over Nigeria job still ongoing - NFF

Paul Le Guen
Paul Le Guen still has some things to work out.

Less than 24 hours after being named as Nigeria manager, Paul Le Guen could be set to turn down the job -- though Nigeria FA (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick told ESPN FC that negotiations are still ongoing.

Le Guen, 52, topped a final shortlist of three which included current interim coach Salisu Yusuf and Belgian Tom Saintfiet although the NFF's Technical and Development Committee, which made the announcement, had stated that the appointment was "subject to agreement of contract terms with the NFF...