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Ukraine Appoint Milan Legend Andriy Shevchenko As New Coach

The legendary striker is set to take over after a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign.

Shevchenko went to Euro 2016 as assistant manager, but is now set for the top job
Shevchenko went to Euro 2016 as assistant manager, but is now set for the top job
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Former AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko has been officially appointed as the new head coach of the Ukraine national team. This move had been in the works for some time, however on Friday the Football Federation of Ukraine made it official, handing the legendary forward a two year deal.

Shevchenko went to Euro 2016 as assistant manager to Mykhaylo Fomenko, but is now set to take over as head coach following the country's poor showing at the competition. Expectations will be low after their group stage exit from Euro 2016, but given the former Ballon d'Or winner's standing in his home country it will be hoped that he can inspire them to future success.

It will be Shevchenko's first foray into management and we hope that it proves more successful than other Milan legends such as Clarence Seedorf and Filippo Inzaghi who endured hellish stints in charge of the Rossoneri. Thankfully, he's added some experience to his coaching staff with former Milan assistant coach Mauro Tassotti set to join him as assistant manager, as well as analyst Andrea Maldera, so he should set off o the right foot.

His first task will be to guide Ukraine to qualification for the 2018 World Cup (although they might feel better missing out on a trip to Russia). As a true Rossonero, we wish him the best of luck!