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Shevchenko offered Ukraine job

Andriy Shevchenko has been offered the position of Ukraine head coach, the country's football federation announced on Monday.

Former AC Milan and Chelsea striker Shevchenko called time on his glittering 18-year playing career in July and had spoken of his desire to go into politics, but the Ukrainian federation (FFU) has decided that they want the 36-year-old to lead their national team after Oleh Blokhin left to take over Dynamo Kiev.

"President of the Football Federation of Ukraine Anatoliy Konkov has decided to invite Andriy Shevchenko to take the post of head coach," a statement read on the federation's website.

Shevchenko's illustrious playing career saw him win the Ukraine Premier League five times with Dynamo Kiev before he moved to AC Milan where he went on to become one of the best strikers in Europe.

The powerful hitman won the Champions League and the Scudetto with the Italian giants and then went on to join Chelsea in a 30million move six years ago.

His time at Stamford Bridge was an unsuccessful one and he had spells on loan at Milan and back at the club where he began his career before retiring last summer.

Should Shevchenko take the job, he has a tough task on his hands if he is to lead the country to the World Cup in Brazil.

Although Ukraine registered a creditable 1-1 draw in England, they also lost at home to Montenegro and drew with Moldova, leaving them second from bottom of Group H.