Adrian Mutu, the renowned former Romanian football star, has sent his representatives to Nigeria to initiate discussions with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) regarding the impending vacancy for the position of head coach of the Nigerian senior national team, OJBSports gathers.
The current head coach, Jose Peseiro, will not be offered a contract extension beyond June. However, Peseiro will remain in charge of the team for the final two AFCON qualifiers against Sierra Leone and Sao Tome and Principe.
In an effort to promptly identify a suitable successor, the NFF has assembled a shortlist of potential coaches, with South African coach Pitso Mosimane and Adrian Mutu from Romania among the notable candidates, as initially reported by OGN.
According to Wale Ajayi of NSM media, Adrian Mutu’s representatives have already arrived in Nigeria and are actively pursuing a verbal agreement in anticipation of assuming the coaching role in June, when it becomes available.
Additionally, it has been revealed that the candidacy of Adrian Mutu is being advocated by aides of the outgoing Minister for Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare, thus making him the favored choice of the minister’s team.
Born on January 8, 1979, Adrian Mutu, aged 44, currently serves as the coach of Romanian side FC Rapid 1923, a club he joined in 2022 after signing a three-year contract. Prior to his current position, Mutu held the role of coach for the Romanian under-21 team from 2020 to 2021, followed by his tenure as coach of FC Craiova starting in May 2021. Notably, he has also held positions as the Romanian National team chief scout and president of FC Dinamo at various stages of his career.