Top clubs snubbed me, says Cooreman

Top Belgian manager, Maurice Cooreman has revealed reasons why he dropped a notch down to coach at Ikorodu United in the Nigeria National League, NNL.

Cooreman has won the Nigerian league with Ocean Boys and Enyimba as well as the FA Cup with Kaduna United.

But after a stint at Gombe United in the 2013/14 season, the Belgian suddenly resurfaced with Ikorodu United.

“No Premier League club wanted me and I tell you I was very surprised even with all the achievements I have.

“I sent my CV to seven clubs and didn’t get a response so when Ikorodu United came to me I had to consider it.

“The chairman of the club is a big man and the vice chairman is one of the big men of DSTV and they gave me a good contract so I thought I would put my neck on the line,” Cooreman told

“At least let me restart my career here and prove there is still something good about me,” he said.

“We train well here. The players are nice and train hard and I think we can do something here.”

Difficult 2nd tier

Cooreman admitted that the information he got about the Nigeria National League before he got the job showed it would be a difficult place to play in.

“The second division is very difficult. All the teams here are fighting to come into the Premier League and we are a new team so it’s taking some time for my boys to adapt to the system we play.

“You know we got lots of players from different Premier League clubs and it is taking them some time to adapt to this division but we will get there,” he said.
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