Shevchenko steps down as Ukraine boss
Post created on August 1, 2021
Andriy Shevchenko has left his role as head coach of Ukraine, the former Chelsea striker announced on Instagram.
Shevchenko, 44, was appointed head coach in 2016 and led Ukraine to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020, where they were beaten 4-0 by England in Rome.
Shevchenko wrote on Instagram:
“Today, my contract with the Ukrainian Football Association came to the end.
“I spent five years with the National team. It was hard work that proved that we are capable of playing modern football. I am grateful to the president and the executive committee of the UAF for the opportunity to work with the Ukrainian National team.
“I am thankful to every player, every person who helped and was involved in the team.
“Many thanks to all the fans for their support and criticism. Together, we managed to show that our football can be competitive, productive and exciting.”
Shevchenko, who retired from playing in 2012, is Ukraine’s all-time record goalscorer with 48 goals in 111 games.
He began his playing career at Dynamo Kyiv before joining AC Milan in 1999, where he won five major trophies including the Serie A title and Champions League, as well as Ballon d’Or in 2004.
The football star joined Chelsea in 2006 for £30m, where he won the FA Cup and League Cup, before returning to Milan for a loan spell in 2008.
He left Stamford Bridge permanently to re-join boyhood club Dynamo Kyiv the following year.
Andriy Shevchenko has left his role as head coach of Ukraine, the former Chelsea striker announces on Instagram.