Pride of Ukraine
Queens Park Rangers manager Andriy Shevchenko has just been named as the Ukraine Coach of the Year for 2012 after a very impressive year with the Rs, after being appointed manager in July 2012 to help the downward-spiraling club.
In this interview which he so kindly agreed to, Andriy talks to us about the award, QPR, and his future in management.
"Hello, Andriy, and congratulations on winning the Ukraine Coach of the Year award."
"Thank you, it's truly a great honour."
"How do you feel about getting this award?"
"Well... honoured, obviously, hahaha. It's a prestigious award and I never thought in my lifetime I would be winning it, because I always thought of myself as more of a player than a manager. Credit also has to go to the team, because without them I am not a manager, and just a retired footballer."
"Do you think you are lucky, being able to manage a team in the Premier League like Queens Park Rangers immediately after retirement from football?"
"Yes, I do feel that I am very lucky and I will be eternally grateful to Tony Fernandes for having handed me such an opportunity."
"So do you feel you have done a good job at QPR?"
"I don't like to praise myself or boast... but if I haven't been doing a good job, I won't be receiving this award."
"How far do you think QPR can go in the league this season?"
"Realistically, maybe 6th or 7th. That's the aim I am setting for the boys because I want to improve on last season's position. However I think we have the quality to make maybe 4th place, and a Champions League spot. People might say I'm 'deluded' but I honestly think we can."
"What about the cups?"
"Final for the Capital One and FA Cup, and maybe around the Quarters for the Europa League."
"Isn't that a bit unrealistic?"
"It was unrealistic when we won the FA Cup last season too, so why can't we pull it off again?"
"True, true. Well... we understand you almost left QPR at the end of last season because of contract issues. How long more do you think you will stay at Loftus Road? You are a fan favourite here now, so are you planning to leave anytime soon?"
"I'm under contract here until 2017, so I won't be planning to think about leaving until then, unless a fantastic opportunity came along. Then, that could change."
"Alright, thank you for the interview Andriy, and once again, very nice job."