The coach of Nigeria’s Russia 2018 World Cup Group D foes, Heimir Hallgrimsson of Iceland, is delaying in committing himself to negotiation for a new contract with the Iceland Football Association after Scotland showed interest in hiring him.
Hallgrimsson’s deal as Iceland manager expires after the World Cup in Russia this summer and it is uncertain whether he will continue thereafter with the Scottish Football Association identifying him as a potential replacement for Gordon Strachan.
According to a report on The StraitsTimes, manager, Hallgrimsson does not want to negotiate immediately with KSI (Iceland Football Federation), ostensibly to keep his options open.
“Heimir wants to keep his options open, it might be after the World Cup that he will agree a new deal or perhaps leave. We understand his position in this and respect him,” Gudni Bergsson,The President of the Icelandic Football told Straits Times in an interview.
“He has a deal on the table and I know the Scottish job is also an option but I believe he will consider that after the World Cup if he does not sign.”
Hallgrimsson, also a qualified dentist, guided Iceland to the their first ever World Cup finals in Russia. They will face Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.
Iceland will clash with the Super Eagles of Nigeria on June 22 at the Volgograd Arena.