Shevchenko thanks Milan fans, but admits Genoa role is at risk

Andriy Shevchenko thanked Milan fans for their ‘fantastic welcome,’ but could not deny his position at Genoa is tenuous. ‘I work one day at a time, then the club have to announce their decisions.’

The Grifone had taken the shock lead at San Siro through January signing Leo Ostigard’s header on a corner in this Coppa Italia Round of 16 tie.

Olivier Giroud got the Rossoneri back on level terms and forced extra time, which was when the hosts took control with a misplaced Rafael Leao cross into the far top corner and Alexis Saelemaekers finishing off the Theo Hernandez run.

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“We played well, the lads put in a lot of effort and also quality. I thought it was a good performance, one with substance,” Shevchenko told Sport Mediaset.

“We tried to create chances and control the game. I am naturally not very happy with the result, but the performance was good.”

There had been multiple reports before the match that Shevchenko would be sacked regardless of the result and he did seem emotional being back at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, where the Milan ultras greeted him with banners and chants.

“I am always happy to be back here at San Siro, the welcome was fantastic and I thank the Milan fans. I also wish to thank the Genoa fans who came here to support the team.”

With January transfer window signings, Shevchenko was asked if he felt reassured, but the coach could not disguise the tenuous position he has been put in.

“I do my work one day at a time. I am 45 years old, I am still young and gaining experience. Life is ups and downs, winning and losing, I go forward and we are focused on the project.

“The lads did well today, we are slowly seeing the quality come out with work in training.”

Does that mean Shevchenko will be on the Genoa bench for the next Serie A game?

“As far as I am concerned, I do my work on a daily basis. The club will then have to announce their decisions.”

7 Comments on “Shevchenko thanks Milan fans, but admits Genoa role is at risk”

  1. Why would they sack him already? Let him work with the January enforcements! With a German nobody in charge as sporting director, Genoa are romoured to appoint Labbadia as manager, who has a very mediocre record in German football and no Serie A experience.
    They should learn from Milan‘s example: Theplain menace of appointing Rangnick turned things around for them. No one wanted him, they gave their all for avoiding to work with him. Maybe that’s the spirit for Genoa. Throw it all in, to avoid at all costs the rule of an idiot from the north. I say that as a German…

  2. Sack sheva and another coach will take his place next week. Genoa is a legendary club. They have collected 9 scudettos, the fouth place aftet juve,inter and ac milan so it needs replacing sheva with the best coach. Don’t let genoa religate to serie B.

  3. Shevy has been playing with the players from former coach and should be given a chance to use his January signings
    He will surely save Genoa from the relegation water

  4. legendary club? lol, the last time genoa had decent seasons was when gasperini eras, before he coached inter milan. even then genoa only mid table teams. even when the golden era of series a on 80s-90s genoa played on series B.
    the reason they have 9 titles, because they are one of the oldest italiant clubs. and they won most their scudetti before 1905. after that milan inter juventus dominates italian football for 100 years. genoa not legendary clubs

  5. @FABIO PARATICI

    Genoa are Italy’s oldest club. How long ago they challenged, when they won what they won and their current circumstances doesn’t devalue their relevance to the history of Italian football.

  6. Everything is old in italy, thats the problem.

    That history matters for 5% of domestic tv rights.

    You can praise genoas history even when they are in serie b. On a sport level they had 20 coaches in 20 years, they cannot manage at all.

    Genoa started to fail the moment football became professional.

    Sport results matter not 1910 league results. Hope they get relegated and a properly managed young team can take place of clueless dinosaurs

  7. It is not fair genoa have been effectively run down for the last 5 years barely dodging relegation and they only give sheva a month or two to make them competitive. sacking him just seems to reek of desperation rather than having a plan hoping them a change will turn this team around. if they somehow survive they will be back in the same position next season because it is not the coach fault the management of this club is utterly chaotic.

    the thing is it doesn’t have to be this way genoa have a decent youth academy which hasn’t been utilised at all, they have a reasonable income which allows them to have a reasonable wage budget, they are a established serie a side who can attract good players, they have quality scouts who have been able to recruit some decent young players, they have a rich history.

    yet every season the management decide to sign and sell as many random players as possible it like a bad hangover from a decade ago when this was popular in serie a yet who really does this kind of business in the modern game.

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