Bio/ Profile of Paul Le Guen, Super Eagles New Coach.
Officially, The Nigeria Football federation has Just announced Paul Le Guen as the New Super Eagles Manager following a Long Term search for a capable Manager. Mr Paul Le Guen, born on the 1st of March 1964, is a French football manager and a former player. His last role was as manager of the Oman national football team, from which he was relieved in November 2015. See Pictures and Read Full Bio/ profile of New Super eagles coach after the cut . . .
During his playing career he enjoyed successful stays with FC Nantes and PSG and won 17 caps for the French national team.
During his playing career, Le Guen played at Stade Brest for six years, Nantes Atlantique for two years, before leaving Brittany for Paris St. Germain where he played for seven years (with 478 appearances and a Cup Winners’ Cup medal in 1996).
At international level he played 17 times for France due to injuries and he was part of the team which lost out on a trip to the World Cup in 1994, along with Eric Cantona and David Ginola. He ended his playing career by taking part in a friendly where his home region of Brittany faced Cameroon on 21 May 1998. The match finished 1–1.
Le Guen had a successful managerial career in France, most notably leading Olympique Lyonnais to three consecutive Ligue 1 titles. He has also managed Stade Rennais, Paris Saint-Germain, Glasgow Rangers and the Cameroon national team. He has just been appointed the new coach of Nigeria National team Head coach .
Cameroon national football team:
Le Guen was named Cameroon national football team manager in July 2009, signing a five-month contract. He made an immediate impact by leading the team to qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He also stripped veteran defender Rigobert Song of the captaincy and appointed Samuel Eto’o as the new captain. Both players responded well to the change with Eto’o getting goals, and Song winning back his starting spot as the Lions qualified for the finals. However Cameroon were the first team officially knocked out of the 2010 World Cup. He announced his resignation on 24 June 2010.
Oman national football team:
Towards the end of the 2010–11 season, Le Guen claimed he had received job offers from several Ligue 1 clubs that were seeking new candidates to fill the remaining vacancies, but he turned them all down. He eventually accepted an offer from Oman national football team on 11 June 2011. He led Oman to qualification for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, where they were to be absent in 2011. Oman were eliminated in the group stage of the tournament with one win and two losses. He was sacked on 19 November 2015 after a poor start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.
Nigeria national football team:
Le Guen was named head coach of the Nigeria national football team on July 12, 2016 after an intensive selection process that involved other reputable coaches like Tom Saintfiet and Super Eagles caretaker coach Salisu Yusuf.