Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Soccer great Andrey Shevchenko named as Genoa coach

GENOA, Italy (AP) — Genoa on Sunday appointed former AC Milan and Chelsea forward Andrey Shevchenko as coach, a day after sacking David Bellardini.

45-year-old Shevchenko signed a contract until June 2024.

Shevchenko left his only previous coaching position in charge of Ukraine in August. He led the national team to the European Championship quarter-finals for the first time in their history before being eliminated by England.

Genoa’s new American owner, private investment firm 777 Partners, took the job this season after just one win in 12 Serie A matches.

“Undertaking this new adventure to bring Genoa back to its great history,” Shevchenko said in a post on Instagram.

Genoa is the oldest football club in Italy, but won the last of its nine Italian league titles in 1924. It has often found itself fighting relegation in recent years and Friday’s draw at Empoli left it in the drop zone and Ballardini was sacked.

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“Genoa announces that Andrey Shevchenko has entered into an agreement with 777 Partners and will lead Griffon until June 30, 2024,” Genoa said in a statement, to name a few of Shevchenko’s achievements as a player and coach. before.

“Genoa and 777 Partners warmly welcome Coach Shevchenko and wish him a fruitful time in charge of the oldest club in Italy.”

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