Legendary Super Eagles midfieder Finidi George has returned to Spanish club side Real Mallorca, where he starred as player, to coach the side’s U-16 team.
In an exclusive chat with supersport.com George says “it is an honour for me to be given this responsibility to train this side and hopefully we will be able to produce 3-4 players who will make it to the first team”.
The man nicknamed the “The Gazelle” during his time with the Super Eagles is currently a Uefa B licensed coach “next year I shall have be able to run my ‘A’ License course which will even be a lot easier for me to do then as a result of this job with Marjorca.” The Champions League winner with Ajax believes that the time is now right for him to pursue the coaching agenda.
“I believe I have a good name from my time playing the game, and quite a number of my ex teammates with Ajax, Majorca and even Real Betis are currently in coaching jobs. So by working hard here with some good success I hope to make the leap into a managerial job in the future.
” With all humility he adds “I have no problems whatsoever starting out as an assistant to a manager so I can learn the ropes properly”. With de Boer at Ajax getting rave reviews for his job and a few others one has a feeling it will not be too difficult for him as soon as he qualifies.
George was part of a generation of Super Eagles players that are loved by majority of Nigerians who also have gathered great experience from being involved with top European sides.
Only Stephen Keshi has had a good run with any of the national teams. How about it Finidi? He laughed and said “well, of course I will like to be involved in coaching Nigeria at some level in the future but I will think about that if and when the offer comes. However, it will be after I have gotten the required experience needed to do the job”. Makes sense.