John Herdman: It was a 3-year process to land Ike Ugbo for Canada

Chelsea tried to block Herdman's pursuit of the young forward. But in the end, the Canadian coach got his man.

John Herdman

If nothing else, John Herdman is persistent.

Don’t try putting a roadblock directly in front of the Canadian men’s team coach. He’ll only bust through it, or find a way to navigate around it, and continue down the same path before eventually arriving at his intended destination.

A day after forward Ike Ugbo announced his plans to switch national associations from Nigeria in order to represent Canada, Herdman revealed it was a long process that was rife with many obstacles early on. Herdman ran into a brick wall when he first contacted Chelsea FC three years ago about wanting to talk to Ugbo, then a member of the Blues’ youth setup, about the possibility of playing for Canada.