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Robson To Coach Nigeria? 30/09/03
Nigeria have reportedly approached former Middlesbrough boss Brian Robson with a view to appointing him as their next national team coach.

The Manchester United legend is not on the short-list of six European candidates the Nigerians are considering for arguably the toughest job on the African continent.

However, representatives of the West African country's football governing body are understood to have met the former United skipper about the possibility of guiding them to the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Tunisia next year.

Senior Nigeria Football Association (NFA) officials, led by secretary general Taiwo Ogunjobi, are understood to have been in London to sound out Robson, who represented England 90 times.

"Ogunjobi in company of another NFA board member, Sulaiman David, left Lagos on Sunday to discuss with Robson the possibility of him handling the national team to next year's African Nations Cup," an unnamed senior football official said Monday.

The Africa Nations Cup begins on January 24, and Nigeria are expected to announce their choice of coach this week.

Robson has also been linked but overlooked for virtually every job that has become available since he left the Riverside two years ago, including the vacant Reading job.

The former England captain is understood to be returning from television duties in the Far East to meet the Royals as part of their seven-man short-list for the post.

The First Division club confirmed that they will be announcing Alan Pardew's successor this week.

Tony Adams, Steve Cotterill, Steve Coppell and caretaker boss Kevin Dillion are also among the short-listed candidates.

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