Former Chelsea, AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko has joined Ukraine national team’s coaching staff as assistant to head coach Mykhaylo Fomenko.
The 39-year-old who scored 48 goals in 111 appearances for the Ukrainian national team turned down the chance to be head coach of his native country in 2012 but as now replaced Olexandr Zavarov ahead of Euro 2016.
The forward who won the Ballon d’Or in 2012 claimed he didn’t have the required qualification — but after completing a two-year programme for a UEFA pro licence believes his experience of working with top coaches across Europe will aid him in his new coaching role.
“After almost four years on vacation, I am coming back to big football, as a coach,”
“I worked with great coaches like Valery Lobanovskyi, Carlo Ancelotti, Jose Mourinho and got a huge experience.
“Coaching courses helped me to shape up my ideas and determine my own vision of football. Hopefully this will help me in the future” Shevchenko said.
The Ukrainian Football Federation decided not to extend former assistant coach Zavarov’s contract to favour Shevchenko.
Announcing the appointment on Tuesday, head coach Mykhaylo Fomenko said: “We made our choice in favour of Shevchenko, who will be working with the Ukraine’s coaching staff.”
The Former Dynamo Kiev who won the Champions League with AC Milan and FA Cup with Chelsea will have his first experience for the first time as a coach in the Euro 2016 as Ukraine has been drawn in Group C alongside Germany, Poland and Northern Ireland.