Fatih Terim Replaced by Roberto MaciniBy: Shad Osman | October 1st, 2013
Roberto Mancini and Galatasaray have reached an agreement on a 3 year deal netting him a total of €12.5 M plus bonus incentives. His appointment comes only a week after the sacking of Fatih Terim which caused a stir with Galatasaray fans last week. Many were surprised at the decision to sack the legendary coach who had an amazing spell during his third stint in charge. In 2 seasons he led Galatasaray to 2 championship trophies, 2 Turkish Super cups, the Emirates Cup, as well as the quarter-final of the Champions League.
While I respect Mancini for his accomplishments, I was uneasy about the rumors. Foreign coaches in the Turkish League tend to disappoint. In the 2009-2010 season Galatasaray hired Frank Rijkaard after his time at Barcelona. He was later fired in his second season after Galatasaray dropped down to an abysmal 8th place. Like many Galatasaray fans, to me there is no replacement for Fatih Terim as I don’t believe anyone is as qualified for the job as he is. However, as a fan of Galatasaray I will always stand by my team. Club president Unal Aysal set out to make Galatasaray a global brand, and a big name like Roberto Mancini will draw the international attention he’s seeking. Mancini is bringing in former club great Tugay Kerimoglu as his assistant coach, which makes me more comfortable with this deal. It shows Mancini is serious about the task, and will look to Tugay to learn more about the league. It also appears that he plans to keep Claudio Taffarel as our GK coach.
Galatasaray started the season with 2 wins and 4 draws currently sitting at 7th place with 10 pts. Mancini has a tough task at hand and will face Juventus this Wednesday in Torino. As much as I cursed at Aysal and the board last week it’s time to move on. I hope Mancini can bring Galatasaray to the levels Fatih Terim has and continues to excel on the global front.