He was twice refused.
On Thursday, the Ukrainian football community was excited about the appointment of Romanian Mircea Lucescu is the new coach of Kiev “Dynamo”. Already known contract term coach of “Dynamo” and the name of his assistant.
Meanwhile, surfaced an interesting story. Turns out specialist after leaving Shakhtar in 2016, two times wanted to become a coach of Donetsk team. About it has told on air Director of channels “Football 1/2/3” Alexander Denisov:
“The situation in 2016, which sounded not Akhmetov, not Lucescu, and Igor Surkis. We remember the correct separation Akhmetov and Lucescu. However, Lucescu twice after leaving he offered his services to return to Shakhtar. Twice Akhmetov denied. For the first time – at the expiration of the contract Fonseca. The contract was for two years, then decided to remain or not. The Shakhtar President was inclined to extend, Fonseca, too, but the negotiations were quite difficult. But then we had the rollover, Fonseca continued to work with Shakhtar. When the Now interested in Roma, Lucescu once again offered their services to Rinat Akhmetov. And again, Rinat Akhmetov refused.”
The head of the TV channels announced the reasons for this step:
“The decision not to renew the contract with Lucescu was purely sporting motives. According to the President of Shakhtar, the team stopped progressing. The Pitmen twice lost the championship “Dinamo”, with potentially a stronger composition.
2015/2016 winter, when there was about an equal number of points, with Dynamo, Akhmetov instructed the management of “Shakhtar” to search for a new coach. It was not a spontaneous decision. Lucescu and Spiridon expected that the semi-finals of the LE will give them the prolongation of the contract. But I do know from conversations with the President of Shakhtar, even if Lucescu won the UEFA Europa League, the club extended him a contract. Even if the team won the LE, he understood that it was her ceiling and the ceiling Lucescu at Shakhtar.