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Ghana coach keen on staying with Black Stars - agent

Published on: 09 July 2010

Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac is keen on staying to continue his “vision for the Black Stars” despite several offers from clubs and countries, his agent has revealed.

This is the first hint that the Serbian manager wants to stay to coach Ghana since their participation in the World Cup ended last week.

Rajevac has become one of the most sought after coaches in the world after leading the less-fancied West Africans to reach the quarter finals of the World Cup.

Qatari side Al Sadd has made a huge offer and several others clubs from Russia, Belgium and France have all made contacts to sign the coach whose contract with Ghana ends next month.

Struggling Nigeria, who are overhauling their football are also keen for Rajevac to lead their revolution, while star-studded Ivory Coast are also believed to be interested in him.

But the Serbian coach’s agent Goran Milovanovic insists that the Black Stars remain first priority as he wants to continue to work in the country he loves.

“It is the truth that coach Milo has had several offers right across the world but he has refused to talk to anyone because of Ghana,” Milovanovic told Ghanasoccernet.com.

“Coach has real love for Ghana and wants to continue his vision for the country so that football in the whole country can grow and challenge the established world team like Brazil, Argentina, Germany and the rest.

“His contract expires at the end of August but because he wants to stay he will not talk to any country or clubs who have approached him and only wants to talk to the Ghana FA.

“He is a man of integrity and wants to continue the work he has started with Ghana. His work is there for all to see and wants to continue to grow in a country he loves. He is now a Ghanaian.”

With the lucrative offers for the Serbian coach, his agent says Rajevac money won’t be his consideration when negotiating the new deal with Ghana.

“I don’t think there is a major stumbling block we just have to sit down in two weeks’ time and agree on the details of the new contract,” the agent said.

“Money won’t be the consideration as job satisfaction is his priority otherwise he would have gone somewhere else. We will sit down with the Ghana FA and reach a fair deal.”

Rajevac, during his stay as Ghana coach, helped the Black Stars to qualify for the ongoing World Cup with cheeky ease, even with two matches to spare – the first time in the country’s history.

In his first year he guided the local Black Stars to reach the final of the African Nations Champions (CHAN). Earlier this year Rajevac, missing eight key players, guided a youthful Black Stars team to win silver behind the mighty Egypt at the Angola Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

At the World Cup proper, which is ongoing, he has also guided the Black Stars to equal Cameroon and Senegal's record by becoming the third African country to reach the quarter finals.

Rajevac is among the lowest earning coaches at the World Cup and despite his low salary as compared to other coaches he was able to steer the Black Stars to the last eight.

Coaches like Fabio Capello of England, Marcello Lippi of Italy, Javier Aguirre of Mexico, Ivory Coast’s Sven Goran Eriksson and Lars Lagerback of Nigeria who earn millions and have star players bombed out in early in the tournament in South Africa.

List of salary of World Cup coaches and their performances

1.Fabio Capello (England): 9,900,000 Euros/year – Knocked out in second round

2. Marcelo Lippi (Italy): 4,100,000 – Knocked out at group stage

3. Javier Aguirre (Mexico): 4,000,000- Knocked out in second round

4. Joachim Loew (Germany): 3,300,000 –semi finals

5. Sven Goran Eriksson (Cote d’Ivoire): 2,000,000 (6 months)- Knocked out at Group Stage

6. Berter van Marwijk (Netherlands): 2,700,000 -finals

7. Ottmar Hitzfeld (Switzerland): 2,600,000 – Knocked out in the first round

8. Vicente del Bosque (Spain): 2,200,000 - Finals

9. Carlos Queiroz (Portugal): 2,000,000 - Knocked out in second round

10. Pim Verbeek (Australia): 1,820,000 – Knocked out at Group Stage

11. Carlos Alberto Parreira (South Africa): 1,800,000 – Knocked out at Group Stage

12. Dunga (Brazil): 1,250,000 – Quarter final

13. Diego Maradona (Argentina): 1,200,000 –Quarter final

14. Takeshi Okada (Japan): 1,200,000 – Second round

15. Ricki Herbert (New Zealand): 1,200,000 - Knocked out at Group Stage

16. Lars Lagerback (Nigeria): 1200,000 (for six months) - – Knocked out at Group Stage

17. Otto Rehhagel (Greece): 1,150,000 - – Knocked out at Group Stage

18. Paul Le Guen (Cameroon): 960,000 - – Knocked out at Group Stage

19. Marcelo Bielsa (Chile): 850,000 - Knocked out in second round

20. Raymond Domenech (France): 720,000 - – Knocked out at Group Stage

21. Hun Jung Moo (South Korea): 600,000 - Knocked out in second round

22. Morten Olsen (Denmark): 570,000 - Knocked out at Group Stage

23. Milovan Rajevac (Ghana): 540,000 – Quarter final

24. Bob Bradley (USA): 400,000 – Knocked out at Group Stage

24. Radomir Antic (Serbia): 447,000 - – Knocked out at Group Stage

26. Matjaz Kek (Slovenia): 360,000 - Knocked out at Group Stage

27. Gerardo Martino (Paraguay): 360,000- Quarter final

28. Rabah Saadane (Algeria): 360,000 – Knocked out at Group Stage

29. Reinaldo Rueda (Honduras): 350,000 - – Knocked out at Group Stage

30. Vladimir Weiss (Slovakia): 312,000 - – Knocked out at Group Stage

31. Oscar Tabárez (Uruguay): 300,000 – semi finals

32. Kim Jong Hun (North Korea): 250,000 – Knocked out at Group Stage

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