Ukrainian Premier League club, Olimpik Donetsk has appointed former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder, Yaya Toure as assistant coach .
Toure is not new in Donetsk, having previously spent two years (2003-05) in Ukraine with defunct club Metalurh Donetsk.
The 37-year-old four time African player of the year has been in England working on his coaching badges and has now taken on his first coaching role.
Toure played for Barcelona but it was at Man City, where he became a club legend by helping the club win three Premier League titles.
Yaya Toure is now expected to assist Ihor Klymovskyi in the dugout and he has followed a similar path as his brother Kolo who is an assistant to Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City.
Speaking to the club’s website, Toure said;
“I started my professional career in Donetsk. Now I am here to start my coaching path. Of course, I understand that Olimpik is not Metalurh, but I remember well how friendly and open people were in Donetsk. I am very impressed by the local mentality,”
“To be honest, even my agent was surprised when he found out that I wanted to study to be a coach in Ukraine, but I was firm in my decision.
“It is not so easy to find a place where you can calmly, without unnecessary pressure, study; where you will be accepted as a friend.”