The Istanbul club of Galatasaray announced the start on Monday « from a common agreement»From his star coach Fatih Terim, after a disappointing first half of the season. Terim « will not continue in his current role as of today», Indicates the club on his Twitter account, without further details or explanation, while paying tribute to his coach.
Vice-champions of Turkey last season, the « Lions»Istanbul, the most successful team in Turkey (22 championship titles), occupy 12th place in the standings after 20 days, 22 lengths behind the leader Trabzonspor. On Saturday, Galatasaray lost (0-1) at home against the modest team of Giresunspor, 14th in the standings of the Super Lig.
« The season turned into a nightmare for the yellow-red team. Galatasaray is having one of their worst seasons with seven total losses so far», Commented the sports daily Fotomaç the day after this defeat. Nicknamed « the imperator« , Fatih Terim, 68, had led Galatasaray three times before taking the reins in December 2017 for the fourth time.
With the « Lions»From Istanbul, he won the Turkish championship eight times and, above all, won the UEFA Cup against Arsenal in 2000, the only C3 won by a Turkish team.
He also carried out three terms at the head of the Turkish selection (1993-1996, 2005-2009, 2013-2017). Terim is also known in Italy, where he coached Fiorentina and AC Milan in the early 2000s.