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Andriy Shevchenko has declined an offer to coach Ukraine's national football team.
Shevchenko says he appreciates the offer and the trust placed in him, but feels that ''choosing to head the national team would be a hasty step.''
Shevchenko was offered the coaching post on Nov. 12 following Oleh Blokhin's decision in September to quit and focus on revitalizing a struggling Dynamo Kiev team in the domestic league.
Shevchenko ended a goal-studded, 18-year career after this year's European Championship in Ukraine and Poland. He subsequently announced he was entering politics, but failed to win a seat in national parliamentary elections last month.
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Andriy Shevchenko has rejected the chance to become Ukraine coach after admitting it would be a "premature step".
Shevchenko, the country's record goalscorer with 48 goals in 111 appearances, was last week handed the opportunity to succeed Oleg Blokhin in the role following Blokhin's decision to join Dynamo Kiev.
But the 36-year-old, who played for Dynamo, AC...
Andriy Shevchenko has rejected the opportunity to manage the Ukraine national team.
The 36-year-old striker, who retired from international football after the Euro 2012 Championship finals, was offered the position last week.
But he believes he is not qualified to take over as boss of the Ukraine national side.
He said: "I consider that taking over the national squad will...