Former Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi, has candidly labeled former Super Eagles head coach Sunday Oliseh as one of the worst managers he worked with during his illustrious career.
The revelation comes as Mikel Obi opened up about the tumultuous period under Oliseh’s brief tenure as the national team boss in 2016.
Oliseh’s time at the helm was marked by controversy and internal strife, particularly with goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who eventually retired abruptly during the coach’s tenure.
Speaking on his ObiOne podcast, Mikel recounted the turbulent atmosphere in the Eagles’ camp from the very start of Oliseh’s arrival.
Mikel detailed an incident on the first day of Oliseh’s arrival, where the coach accused the players, including Mikel and Enyeama, of wielding excessive player power. The confrontation escalated to the point where Enyeama left the camp in anger and never returned.
“He (Oliseh) had absolutely no clue of how a manager is. He was a fantastic guy in his playing days, but as a coach, he was very terrible. He had no clue what he was doing,” Mikel Obi asserted.
The former Chelsea star went on to criticize Oliseh’s managerial skills, stating that the players struggled to comprehend his tactics and decisions, ultimately damaging the team’s unity.
“He was just confused because he just came in and destroyed the team’s togetherness,” Mikel explained.
“His excuse when he got fired was that the people and FA did voodoo on him not to succeed. He was easily the worst manager I played under.”
Mikel further accused Oliseh of being bitter, jealous, and lacking respect for others within the team, regardless of their role.
Despite Oliseh’s playing pedigree, Mikel painted a picture of a coach who struggled to adapt to the managerial responsibilities and ultimately left a negative impact on the Super Eagles during his short-lived tenure.
Since his departure from the Super Eagles, Oliseh has ventured into coaching roles at Dutch side Fortuna Sittard and German fifth-tier side SV Straelen, but as of 2022, he has not secured a new coaching position.