Retired Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko is being considered by the country’s FA as the next head coach of the national team.
Having retired from professional football after Euro 2012, the 36-year-old has been asked by the organisation’s president Anatoly Konkov to train the national side, after having been briefly linked with a job at his former club Chelsea in May.
“A few years ago, Pep Guardiola achieved incredible results (with Barcelona),” the football chief said on the Ukrainian FA’s website.
“I’m sure Shevchenko will also be able to conquer football as a mentor of the national team, he has enough experience and character. In return, the federation will ensure any necessary assistance is given.”
In October, Shevchenko had suffered a setback with his social-democratic political party Ukraine Forward, securing only 1.6 per cent of the ballot in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections of the five percent required to claim a seat in the parliament.
Besides playing for Chelsea the experienced forward also spent time at Dynamo Kiev and AC Milan, scoring 219 goals in 444 appearances during his career.
Konkov said that experience of playing under top managers would hold Shevchenko in good stead for the top job.
“Andriy has played for renowned clubs such as the Dynamo Kiev, Milan and Chelsea,” he said.
“They were led by legendary coaches like Valeriy Lobanovskiy, Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho.
“He has had a unique ability to absorb their talent, their knowledge and their experience.”