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Kanu to manage Nigeria?

The Daily Mail is today reporting that with Nigeria set to sack Berti Vogts after a poor showing at the African nations, Kanu is being lined up to replace him.

From what I can gather Vogts has not been the most popular manager with Nigeria and is highly likely to get the boot, and with Kanu quite literally being the 'king of Africa' let alone Nigeria this could be a plausible option.

Lets say that Kanu did get the job - if it becomes available, that would not mean he calls time on his playing career would it? Surely not...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 5 2008

Time: 8:53AM

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Well we can always hope!!
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05/02/2008 09:13:00

I don't have a problem with him hanging up his boots. If we move on without Benjani, I think we can do the same with Kanu. Kanu has helped raise the profile of the club & his goals, especially at the start of last season, have given given us a fanatstic platform to build on. We thank him immensley for that. However that was then & this is now. Time is moving quickly, so good luck Kanu.
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05/02/2008 09:15:00

I've got the answer - Kanu goes off to manage Nigeria, so we bring back Benjani instead of Kanu, (ManC clearly don't want him) and keep Defoe's deal as a loan for now and make it permanent in the summer. Sorted!
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05/02/2008 09:26:00

We can have a pre season friendly in Lagos as well as Bournemouth and Torquay! Seriously though, I'd be happy to say thanks for everything and good luck in the future.
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05/02/2008 09:29:00

Well it can't get much worse than Mr Charisma Berti Vogts can it? He obviously has a huge passion for his nation so why not? See out the rest of the season with us and go for it King Kanu.
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05/02/2008 09:49:00

I think it would be great to say goodbye with a nice send-off with Kanu moving on to manage his country. Fairytale!
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05/02/2008 09:58:00

ideal scenario would be he takes it 'part time' now, sees out this season - without getting his automatic year extension - bows out gracefully having helped us into europe then takes over nigeria, everyone is then a winner...
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05/02/2008 10:55:00

See out the season, move on as King Kanu and a Pompey hero. End it with a testimonial with all the other african premier players, for either his pocket or his charity or a bit of both, and take over the nigerian post. As Imazav says, its a fairytale ending for a king.
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05/02/2008 11:45:00

I'm all for fairytale endings and wish him luck but still hope HR lets him go.
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05/02/2008 12:09:00

Agree Rug, let the tall one go and bring in the other one; Mr Crouch. I believe that that was very close to being a deal on Thursday instead of Defoe but Liverpool bumped the price up. It looks like Nugget will go (shame but reality) and that really only leaves us Baros, Defoe and Utaka so we will still need another striker.
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05/02/2008 12:41:00

He would probably make a good manager and is a legend in Nigeria so it all makes sense. Problem is not much money in African football so he would have to take a salary cut. He would be replaced in the summer by another of HRs finds no doubt.
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05/02/2008 12:57:00

Kanu is still a genius and it would be nice to see him play up front with Defoe few time.. his time in the PL is coming to an end though.. i definitely think his time at Pompey is over come May.. think of the Nigerian talent we can bring to Pompey if Kanu is in charge.. certainly a good connection for the future
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05/02/2008 13:46:00

so long as the african nations is changed from january i would be happy with that :-)
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05/02/2008 16:31:00

yeah i think with fitness and injuries kanu wouldnt last much longer than may, so we play him a few more times, he gets his contract extension as part of the deal, then nigeria have to pay us compensation. sorted
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05/02/2008 16:50:00

Sounds like this job offer (if it's true) would be far too good for him to turn down. Can't see him turning his nose up....especially as he could do it in a player-manager capacity! (Couldn't he??). I wonder how many international managers have ever done that...
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05/02/2008 17:01:00

thats a good point tantona he could make history, and it would be good for pompey as well because we really dont need him
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05/02/2008 17:38:00

This is funny. I just read this article after being (apparently) the first one to vote in Chix's poll (to the right) about who wiill finish as our top scorer now that Benji's gone. I have a good feeling about our cup chances this year, and I don't want Kanu going anywhere until we're done at Wembley !
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05/02/2008 18:19:00

I wonder how many international Manager have scored the winning goal at Wembley.. whilst they were actually in management ! ...Now there's a 'Challenge Dave' if ever there was one !
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06/02/2008 19:27:00


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