The Nigerian Football Federation, has finally announced Paul Le Guen, as the new technical adviser of the team. He was indeed the favorite among the candidates who applied for the job due to his combative nature and will be looking to bring his wealth of experience to the fore to rejuvenate a Super Eagles team that have constantly stuttered since its victory at the AFCON tournament in 2013.Therefore, here are seven interesting facts about the Super Eagles new gaffer.
Paul Le Guen (born March 1, 1964 in Quimper (birth time source: Didier Geslain)) is a former French international footballer and a football manager.The village of Pencran is a small french village located north west of France. The town of Pencran is located in the department of Finistère of the french region Bretagne. The town of Pencran is located in the township of Landerneau part of the district of Brest.
Le Guen replaced Jacques Santini as manager of Olympique Lyonnais in 2002 after they captured their first league title. Le Guen experienced a grim start to his managerial career at Lyon, winning only 3 games of the first 9, but eventually took Lyon to a further three consecutive championships and reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-final. He resigned from his position at Lyon on May 9, 2005, the day after the club won their fourth consecutive Ligue 1 championship. He was replaced by Gérard Houllier.
During his playing career, Le Guen played at AS Brest for six years, Stade Brestois, FC Nantes for two years, before leaving Brittany for Paris St. Germain where he played for seven years. When he arrived, PSG were lying 17th in Ligue 1 but he led them to safety in his 1st season finishing 15th. As the 2007-2008 season in Ligue 1 unfolds, it is clear that Le Guen gets inconsistent commitments from the current crop of players, as the club was in the relegation zone as of 20 April.Winning the Coupe de la Ligue means that they are guaranteed a place in the UEFA Cup for the 2008-2009 season. PSG finished 16th in the 2007-2008 season.
During his time at Rennes between 1998 and 2001, Le Guen was noted for signing then unknown players, such as Shabani Nonda and El Hadji Diouf, who under his guidance, developed into talented footballers. Diouf started his career in France with Sochaux-Montbéliard. He made his debut appearance in a 2–1 win against Bastia on 12 November 1998, before moving to Rennes for the 1999–2000 season. He moved to Lens the following season, spending two years at the Pas-de-Calais club before moving to English club Liverpool in 2002 for a fee of £10 million.
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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.
Le Guen had a successful managerial career in Europe, most notably leading Olympique Lyonnais to three consecutive Ligue 1 titles. He has also managed Stade Rennais, Paris Saint-Germain, Glasgow Rangers and the Oman national team in Asia, Cameroon national team in Africa.
- He Has A 47.21% Win Percentage
As of 18 July 2016
|Lyon||1 July 2002||1 June 2005||155||84||43||28||54.19|
|Rangers||9 May 2006||4 January 2007||31||16||8||7||51.61|
|PSG||15 January 2007||1 June 2009||110||53||24||33||48.18|
|Cameroon||1 July 2009||24 June 2010||19||7||5||7||36.84|
|Oman||27 June 2011||19 November 2015||83||32||26||25||38.55|
|Nigeria||18 July 2016||Present||0||0||0||0||—|