Former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko leaves his role as head coach of Ukraine
Andriy Shevchenko has left his role as head coach of Ukraine, announcing his departure in a post on Instagram. The former Chelsea striker, who was appointed head coach in 2016, led Ukraine to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020, where they were beaten 4-0 by England in Rome.
Andriy Shevchenko, Head Coach of Ukraine looks on following defeat in the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Quarter-final match between Ukraine and England at Olimpico Stadium on July 03, 2021 in Rome, Italy
Andriy Shevchenko, Head Coach of Ukraine reacts during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Quarter-final match between Ukraine and England
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He said: “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. With faith in Ukraine!"
The 44-year-old joined Chelsea in 2006 for £30 million, having begun his career Dynamo Kyiv before joining AC Milan in 1999
Shevchenko won the FA Cup and League Cup with the Blues, before returning to Milan for a loan spell in 2008.
He left Chelsea permanently in 2009 to re-join Dynamo Kyiv.