Yaya Toure: Former Barcelona and Manchester City star appointed FK Akhmat assistant coach
Former Barcelona and Manchester City star Yaya Toure has been appointed as assistant coach at Russian Premier League outfit FK Akhmat.
The 38-year-old – who began his coaching career at Ukrainian side Olimpik Donetsk – has been handed a one-year deal that will see him at the Akhmat Arena for the 2021-22 campaign.
The four-time African Player of the Year winner is now expected to assist Andrei Talalayev in the dugout.
“The contract with the specialist is calculated until the end of the 2021-22 season.
“Yaya has played for teams such as Beveren, Metalurh Donetsk, Monaco, Olympiacos, Barcelona and Manchester City.
“We welcome Yaya Toure and say to him: ‘welcome to Ahmat.’”
A legend with 101 Cote d’Ivoire caps to his credit, spent eight memorable years at City between 2010 and 2018, winning three Premier League titles, two League Cups and the FA Cup.
He last played for Qingdao Huanghai in the Chinese League One, and he helped them earn promotion to the Super League after winning the Second Division title.
After leaving China, the Ivorian was in transfer talks with Botafogo but he turned down a move to the Brazilian club due to family reasons.
Yaya Toure Leyton Orient 2020
“The coronavirus pandemic has made things difficult in a lot of ways – it was the reason I left Qingdao Huanghai in China at the start of 2020 – but it has given me the opportunity to learn,” Toure had written in the Coaches’ Voice.
“I have taken the chance to start doing my coaching badges and think about the next chapter. I’ve already made good progress in gaining my qualifications.
“But sitting in an office the whole time – that’s not me.
“I want to be out on the grass, interacting with other people, exchanging ideas. I’ve been very lucky that Chris Ramsey has given me the opportunity to do that at QPR.