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15th Jul 2016

Andriy Shevchenko’s first managerial job is a big one

With great power comes great responsibility

Tom Victor

Andriy Shevchenko is a true footballing legend.

The former Milan, Chelsea and Dynamo Kiev player was one of the best strikers in the world during late 90s, early 2000s prime – with 167 goals for AC Milan, and the record for goals scored in the Milan derby, maybe even *the* best.

It’s a whole four years since he decided to hang up his boots after Euro 2012, and he’s wasted little time doing his coaching badges.

And now, in the aftermath of a dismal Euro 2016 – where Ukraine failed to score a goal or win a point, the 39-year-old has agreed to take charge of the national team.

Shevchenko has signed a two-year deal with the option of a further two years, according to a statement from the Ukrainian Football Federation.

The appointment comes as Serhiy Rebrov – Shevchenko’s former strike partner in Kiev, remains in charge of a Dynamo team which provides a number of players for the national squad.

The new head coach will take charge of the qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup, with Ukraine drawn in a group alongside Croatia, Iceland, Turkey, Finland and newcomers Kosovo.

If the record Ukrainian international goalscorer proves successful in that campaign, he could remain in charge for Euro 2020, which is split between a number of countries across Europe.