Serhiy Rebrov named new Ukraine head coach
In a move that has surprised many, former Tottenham and West Ham striker Serhiy Rebrov has been appointed as the new head coach of the Ukrainian national team. The 49-year-old, who scored an impressive 15 goals in 75 appearances for his country between the years of 1992 and 2006, has signed a three-year contract with the team.
This appointment is seen as something of a gamble by many observers. Despite having previous experience as assistant coach to Ukraine from 2010 to 2011, Rebrov’s managerial record is mixed at best. He managed Dynamo Kiev and Ferencvaros before taking up his most recent post at Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates. However, some fans will remember him fondly from his playing days – he was once Tottenham’s club-record signing with an £11m price tag attached.
The first test facing Rebrov will be no easy feat – on June12th Ukraine faces Germany in a charity match before their Euro2024 qualifiers against North Macedonia on June16th and Malta on June19th. It remains to be seen what kind of tactics he will employ or whether he can lead them past these challenging opponents.
A Surprise Appointment?
Ruslan Rotan had previously been appointed interim boss after Oleksandr Petrakov’s departure earlier this year but it seems that the Ukrainian Football Association were seeking someone more permanent for this important role within their organization.
“Serhiy has always been someone who understands the game and is passionate about football. We believe he has what it takes to lead Ukraine on the international stage,” said a spokesperson for the Ukrainian Football Association.
Despite some skepticism, Rebrov himself seems confident in his own abilities.
“I am excited to be taking over as head coach of my country’s national team. I know we have a tough challenge ahead of us but I believe that, with hard work and dedication, we can achieve great things together.”
It remains to be seen whether Serhiy Rebrov will be able to make a success of this challenging role or not. However, one thing is for certain – there will be many eyes watching when Ukraine take on Germany next month.