Sergei Rebrov may have failed to hit the high notes at Tottenham as a player, but he’s hoping to impress as a manager with former club Dynamo.
Signed for £11 million back in May of 2000, Sergei Rebrov’s impact at Tottenham may not have been major, but he remains a player that divided the fans at White Hart Lane.
For some, the Ukrainian is just another chapter in the big book of failed foreign imports who didn’t quite make the grade in north London, alongside Helder Postiga, Milenko Acimovic and Jose Dominguez to name but a few.
But for others there will always be a sense of ‘what if’ when it comes to Rebrov, with the forward making a bright start to his Spurs career before the club’s revolving door policy regarding managers put paid to any hopes of enjoying the regular first-team football he need to thrive at the club.
Glenn Hoddle, in particular, was set apart as a manager with little patience for the former Dynamo Kyiv man, who was sent out on a series of largely unsuccessful loans.
In truth, Rebrov’s career never fully recovered, with the man who once partnered Andriy Shevchenko to devastating effect enjoying positive spells with Dynamo and Rubin Kazan before retiring.
And while he won silverware with both clubs and played a part in Ukraine’s march to the quarter-finals of the 2006 World Cup, most Spurs fans would have been forgiven for thinking they would never hear from the player again – making any debate on his time at the club, irrelevant.
But those discussions could be about to get reignited with the news that Rebrov has been appointed the new manager of Dynamo Kyiv, following the departure of Oleg Blokhin.
The Ukrainian giants have been a shadow of their former selves in recent years and it will take an almighty effort from Rebrov to turn their fortunes around.
But if the 39-year-old does prove a shrewd appointment and Eastern Europe’s answer to Pep Guardiola then, who knows, we may one day see a Tottenham return of the altogether unexpected variety.