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Amokachi says Oliseh must learn man-management

09 October 2015, 11:07

Lagos - Former Super Eagles assistant coach, Daniel Amokachi has advised Sunday Oliseh to learn the art of man-management if he is to succeed as the Super Eagles coach.

Oliseh has been embroiled in a controversy over the captaincy of the team with now retired Vincent Enyeama, a development which has put the Nigeria coach under the microscope.

And Amokachi, who was teammates with Oliseh in the Super Eagles in the '90's and has also served as assistant coach at various times, says it is important for coaches to understand how to manage their players.

Also read: Oliseh, a manager or a martinet?

"Man-management is very important when it comes to football," Amokachi begins.

"You work with people and as the head of the team, you work with about 36 people; not just the players, but the backroom staff.

"You have to be in-tune with them and find out how the team is going. If a coach doesn't have that, he will struggle. Some coaches have it, but forget it at the slightest moment.

"It is the same problem Jose Mourinho is having with Chelsea. If you have a team and the players are loyal to you, and then you suddenly change, it will hit you hard.

"And for Nigeria, Sunday Oliseh and his boys have probably not come to that, but there should be some respect between them. There has to be mutual respect between the players and the coach."

Amokachi went further to state how working with several other coaches has helped him understand how to manage players.

"I've worked with Austin Eguavoen, with Amodu Shuaibu, Stephen Keshi, Berti Vogts and Lars Largerback and I have learnt a lot.

"I can be hot-tempered but over these last years, I have learnt and I think Oliseh should have gone through that part because if he doesn't, it might end up causing some problems," Amokachi added.

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