Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure lands his first official coaching role at Ukrainian club Olimpik Donetsk after spending time with QPR and Blackburn
- Yaya Toure has joined the coaching staff of Ukrainian club FC Olimpik Donetsk
- He has been pursuing his coaching qualifications and spending time with QPR
- His first official role takes him back to Ukraine, where he spent 2003 and 2005
- The former Man City midfielder wants to learn and pass on his own experiences
Yaya Toure has officially joined the coaching staff of Ukrainian club FC Olimpik Donetsk.
The former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder, 37, has recently been pursuing his coaching qualifications in England, spending time with QPR and Blackburn.
But his first official role takes him back to eastern Ukraine and a city where he spent time with the now defunct Metalurh Donetsk between 2003 and 2005.
Yaya Toure has officially joined the coaching staff of Ukrainian club FC Olimpik Donetsk
‘I started my professional career in Donetsk – now I am here to start my coaching path,’ Toure said on the club’s website.
‘Of course I know that Olimpik is not Metalurh, but I remember well how friendly and open the people of Donetsk were. I am very impressed by the local people.
‘To be honest, even my agent was surprised when he found out I wanted to learn to coach in Ukraine, but I was firm in my decision.
The ex-City has been pursuing his coaching qualifications in England, spending time with QPR
Toure will join Igor Klimovsky and said he wants to both learn and pass on his own experiences
‘It is not so easy to find a place where (you) can calmly, without unnecessary pressure, study, and where you will be accepted as a friend.’
Toure will join the staff of head coach Igor Klimovsky and said he wanted to both learn and pass on his own experiences.
‘I am confident I can be useful for the Olimpik players, as a professional and a friend,’ he said. ‘To suggest something, share your knowledge and vision of football.’
Toure, who won three Premier League titles with City and LaLiga twice while at Barcelona, finished his playing career with a spell at Qingdao Huanghai in the Chinese Super League, leaving the club in January last year.
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