Is Jose Paseiro the right pick for Super Eagles?

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The NFF appointed Jose Paseiro as the new head coach of Super Eagles and Sportscliffs have their opinion on whether he is the right man or not.

It is no longer news that the Nigeria football federation (NFF)  named Portuguese Jose Paseiro as the new head coach of the Super Eagles.

The NFF appointed Agustine Eguavoen as the interim manager following the dismissal of former head coach Gernot Rohr.

Eguavoen was in charged of the Super Eagles for the AFCON game but lost to Tunisia in the knockout stage of the tournament.

The former technical director also was in charged of the World cup qualifier game against Ghana which was the Black stars later got the qualification at the Abuja stadium.

The NFF have now chose Paseiro as the new head coach for the Super Eagles and he is expected to lead the Super Eagles for the first time during the upcoming tour of the United States of America, during which the three–time African champions will slug it out with Mexico and Ecuador ‘A’ Teams in prestige friendlies.

Now the question now remains if Paseiro is the right man for the Super Eagles job or not.

Let take a look at the Curriculum vitae of the Portuguese in order to know if has that successful stink to lead the Giant of Africa’s national football team.

Looking at his football days Paseiro never played higher that Segunda Liga starting out at Sport Lisboa e Cartaxo in 1979. In that competition, he represented Amora FC, Clube Oriental de Lisboa, GD Samora Correia and S.C.U. Torreense, for a total of five seasons.

Peseiro spent his first eight years as a manager in the third and fourth tiers of Portuguese football, starting out as a player-coach at his last team. In summer 1999 he was appointed at C.D. Nacional, which he helped promote to the Primeira Liga in just three seasons. In 2002–03, he led the team to a final 11th position.

In 2003–04, Peseiro assisted Carlos Queiroz at Real Madrid. At the end of the campaign, after the team lost a considerable advantage on the table to be finally surpassed by Valencia CF, FC Barcelona and Deportivo de La Coruña, the pair was sacked, and the latter returned to his assistant position in Manchester United.

Peseiro signed with with Portuguese club Sporting CP in 2004–05. After collecting three losses and two draws in his first nine games in charge, the side eventually finished in third place with 61 points, four behind champions S.L. Benfica; additionally, he coached the team to a runner-up run in the UEFA Cup where he played CSKA Moscow, after a 1–0 lead at half-time the hosts eventually succumbed to PFC CSKA Moscow 3–1.

At the start of the 2005–06 season, the Lions were ousted from the UEFA Champions League by Udinese Calcio, and after being relegated to the UEFA Cup they were immediately knocked out by Halmstads BK 4–4 on aggregate after a 2–3 home loss. On 16 October 2005, following a 0–1 home defeat to Académica de Coimbra that saw Sporting sink to the seventh position, he resigned.

In the 2007 off-season, Peseiro was named manager of Panathinaikos FC. After failing to win the Super League Greece and also losing 4–0 to neighbouring Olympiacos F.C. in the domestic cup, he was forced to step down.

In June 2008, Peseiro signed a three-year contract with Romanian club FC Rapid București. On 2 October, after being eliminated from the UEFA Cup by VfL Wolfsburg, he was sackedonly to be reinstated a few days later;he eventually resigned on 12 January 2009, after failing to agree on a new deal.

Peseiro succeeded Nasser Al-Johar at the helm of the Saudi Arabian national team in 2009, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. His first game occurred on 28 March, and it ended with a 2–1 away win over Iran which was the former’s first ever victory in that country and the latter’s first loss in nearly 40 home games; eventually, the nation failed to reach the finals in South Africa, and on 10 January 2011 he was relieved of his duties after losing the first game in the AFC Asian Cup against Syria.

Peseiro worked with Al Wahda FC in the UAE Pro League. On 9 October of the latter year, Al Ahly SC announced his signing; upon hearing the news, fans of the latter protested against the decision based on his weak résumé.

Peseiro returned to national team duties on 4 February 2020, being appointed by Venezuela after the resignation of Rafael Dudamel. He made his debut on 9 October in a 3–0 loss away to Colombia in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification; the opponents were led by compatriot Carlos Queiroz.

At the 2021 Copa América in Brazil, Venezuela were eliminated from the group stage with two draws and two defeats; Peseiro was praised by pundit Tim Vickery for achieving those results despite a spate of COVID-19 infections and virus-related travel restrictions that kept key forward Salomón Rondón in China.[39] He resigned in August, having not been paid for over a year amidst the South American country’s economic crisis.

Looking at the CV of Jose Paseiro it is important to know that he has not achieved in his career so far.

He has a weak CV and does not look promising for the Super Eagles team.

Therefore, we have of the opinion that the Portuguese Jose Paseiro is not a right man for the Super Eagles job.


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