Former Chelsea star Andriy Shevchenko ‘wants a coaching role in the UK and has put Celtic on high alert’ as he looks for his next project after leading Ukraine to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020
- Former Chelsea forward Andriy Shevchenko wants a coaching job in the UK
- He led Ukraine to Euro 2020 quarters but resigned from the international post
- Now he is said to have ‘put the feelers out’ and could be a target for Celtic
- Ange Postecoglu is under fire after a disappointing start to the season
Celtic are on red alert after Andriy Shevchenko sounded out clubs in the UK looking for his next managerial role, according to reports.
The former Chelsea striker made his first steps in management with the Ukraine national team and turned heads with his impressive work to lead them to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 this summer, before resigning from the post.
Shevchenko has now ‘put the feelers out’ in the hopes of landing a major role and could be a target for Celtic if under-fire 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 his name with AC Milan but will be known to English football fans from his three years with Chelsea – and now he is said to be plotting a return to the country with his agency at work to find him a role.
He already had a handful of interviews in the summer without being offered a job, the report claims, but is hoping his star name will help secure him his first club management position after five years with Ukraine.
Celtic could be eyeing Shevchenko up after a concerning start to Postecoglu’s reign that has seen the team lose seven times – including a 4-0 hammering by Bayer Leverkusen – and they are sixth in the Scottish Premiership table.
Postecoglu was appointed late into pre-season and was not first choice to take over
The ex-Chelsea striker has impressed with Ukraine and took them to the Euro 2020 quarters
The Australian was far from first choice at Celtic Park and arrived close to the start of the season. He slammed their Europa League display against Leverkusen as ‘unacceptable’ and said the defeat was self-inflicted.
‘It is disappointing,’ he said. ‘In many respects we created some of the issues for ourselves. ‘We had some unbelievable opportunities. They are a good side with some quality players and they took their opportunities but we helped them as well by making some mistakes and giving them the advantage.
‘It shouldn’t have been a 4-0 game. We fell away at the end through lack of discipline and that is unacceptable.’
Shevchenko’s management team have ‘put the 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 on the Ukraine job in 2016 after briefly serving as assistant manager and guided them to qualification for the Euros.
Despite losing twice in their group to finish third – a win over North Macedonia was enough to put them into 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 thumped 4-0 in Rome, with Harry Kane netting a brace.
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