Galatasaray name Terim coach for third time

ISTANBUL Fri May 20, 2011 1:50pm IST

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Galatasaray are to appoint Fatih Terim coach for the third time, new chairman Unal Aysal said late on Thursday, hoping he will restore the club's fortunes after a bitterly disappointing season.

Terim, dubbed the "Emperor" by the Turkish media will take over from caretaker manager Bulent Under.

He had replaced Romanian Gheorghe Hagi who left the post after just five months in March after a string of disappointing results.

The club said in a statement to the Istanbul Stock Exchange it had reached an agreement in principle with Terim, 57, and would make an announcement when the deal was finalised.

"We shook hands with Fatih Terim. We reached a full agreement," Aysal told broadcaster NTV Spor. "We decided to to unite our powers for Galatasaray and do everything we can for its success."

He said the club had also reached an agreement to sign Bolton's Sweden striker Johan Elmander.

The moves to reverse Galatasaray's dip in fortunes were Aysal's first since he was elected a week ago.

Galatasaray shares jumped 7.6 percent on the news in early Friday trade on the Istanbul Stock Exchange.

Galatasaray are ninth in the Turkish first division, 36 points behind league leaders Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor, with just one fixture remaining.

They had started the season with coach Frank Rijkaard but the Dutchman only last until October.

The club were set to play their final match of the season against Konyaspor later on Friday.

Their disappointing season has left them without a place in Europe next season.

"The current situation is a traffic accident," Aysal said.

However they have the consolation of an impressive new stadium, the Turk Telekom Arena, which has a capacity of some 53,000.

Aysal told said the club had agreed with Terim on all issues and would seal the agreement on Friday, when the former Turkey national coach was expected to take up his duties.

Terim led Galatasaray to four consecutive league titles in his first spell at the club, culminating with their UEFA Cup final triumph against Arsenal in 2000, the first European trophy for a Turkish club.

That success earned him a job in Italy's Serie A with Fiorentina, before taking over at AC Milan in 2001.

However, expectations of a glittering career in Italy ended less than half a year later with his sacking.

His second stint with Galatasaray in 2002-04 was less successful than his first but he went on to lead the national side to the semi-finals of Euro 2008.

(Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Alastair Himmer)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

SOCCER

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Santos joins FC Goa

Santos joins FC Goa

Former Brazil defender Santos joins Pires at FC Goa.  Full Article 

Euro Qualifiers

Euro Qualifiers

Norway call up 15-year-old Odegaard for Euro qualifiers.  Full Article 

Johnson Recalls

Johnson Recalls

Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson still remembers English taunts.  Full Article 

Philander in Squad

Philander in Squad

South Africa name Vernon Philander in ODI tour squad.  Full Article 

Asian Games

Asian Games

Gulf states strike athletics gold, North stun South.  Full Article | Related Story 

New Ambassador

New Ambassador

Li named ambassador for WTA Finals in Singapore.  Full Article 

Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup

Ruthless Europe retain iron grip on Ryder Cup.  Full Article 

Title Contenders

Title Contenders

Hazard warning for Chelsea's Champions League rivals.  Full Article 

Champions League

Champions League

Holders Real Madrid forewarned by Liverpool's struggle.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage