Former Chelsea star Andriy Shevchenko ‘wants a coaching role in the UK and has Celtic on edge’ as he looks for his next project after leading Ukraine to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020
- Former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko wants a coaching job in the UK
- He led Ukraine into the Euro 2020 quarters, but resigned from the international post
- Now he could have ‘sticked out the feelers’ and could be a target for Celtic
- Ange Postecoglu under fire after disappointing start to the season
Celtic are on edge after Andriy Shevchenko polled clubs across the UK looking for his next managerial role, according to reports.
The former Chelsea striker took his first steps in management with the Ukrainian national team, attracting attention with his impressive work leading them to the Euro 2020 quarter-finals this summer before resigning.
Shevchenko now has ‘feelers out’ in hopes of landing a major role and could be a target for Celtic if under-fired boss Ange Postecoglu continues to underperform, the sun reports.
Andriy Shevchenko could be a candidate to replace under fire Celtic boss Ange Postecoglu (R)
The 45-year-old made a name for himself at AC Milan, but will be known to English football fans from his three years at Chelsea – and now he is said to be planning a return to the country with his desk at work to find him a role. .
He had already had a handful of job interviews over the summer without being offered a job, the report claims, but he hopes his star name will help him secure his first club management position after five years with Ukraine.
Celtic could keep an eye on Shevchenko after a worrisome start to Postecoglu’s reign, with the team losing seven times – including a 4-0 by Bayer Leverkusen – and they are sixth in the Scottish Premiership table.
Postecoglu was appointed late in pre-season and was not the first choice to take over
The ex-Chelsea striker impressed Ukraine, taking them to the Euro 2020 quarters
The Australian was far from first-choice at Celtic Park and came close to the start of the season. He labeled their Europa League display against Leverkusen “unacceptable” and said the defeat was self-inflicted.
“It’s disappointing,” he said. ‘In many ways we have created some of the issues for ourselves. “We’ve had incredible opportunities. They are a good side with some quality players and they took their chances but we also helped them by making some mistakes and giving them the advantage.
It shouldn’t have been 4-0. We eventually dropped out due to lack of discipline and that is unacceptable.’
Shevchenko’s management team ‘has its feelers out’ and he is looking for a job in the UK
Shevchenko – who played 77 times for Chelsea and won the Champions League with AC Milan – took the job in Ukraine in 2016 after serving as an assistant manager for a short time, leading them to qualifying for the European Championship.
Despite losing twice in their group to finish third – a win over North Macedonia was enough to place them in the round of 16 – which they won 2-1 against Sweden.
But they were simply outclassed by England in the last eight, with his side 4-0 in Rome, with Harry Kane making a brace.