Ukraine keen to appoint Lucescu

KIEV - Ukraine's Football Association wants to offer the job of national coach to Romanian Mircea Lucescu, the current coach of UEFA Cup winners Shakhtar Donetsk.

Hryhory Surkis, president of the Ukrainian FA, said he would have to consult with Shakhtar billionaire owner Rinat Akhmetov whether Lucescu could combine the two posts and replace Ukrainian Olexiy Mykhaylychenko.

Mykhaylychenko's two-year contract finishes at the end of this year. Under him, Ukraine failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after defeat by Greece in the play-offs last week.

"I have considered everything, weighed all the pros and cons and decided to talk to the president of Shakhtar Rinat Akhmetov about the possibility of Mirca Lucescu combining his work at the club and for the national team," Surkis told reporters.

"I will recommend his candidature to the congress of the football federation on December 18," he said. Lucescu became Shakhtar's coach in 2004 during which time he has led the club to three Ukrainian championship titles and the UEFA Cup.