Underperforming Turkey Sack Coach Mircea Lucescu

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Mircea Lucescu has been sacked as Turkey coach/Photo file: AFP

Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has on Monday fired their national coach Mircea Lucescu, who had paraded a very bad record ever since he took up the job in 2017.

Under the watch of the 73-year-old Romanian Mircea Lucescu the ‘Milli Takim’ did to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and they were recently relegated to third-tier League C in the UEFA Nations League.

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Besiktas boss Senol Gunes is most likely to be the successor and remember the 66-year-old led Turkey to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup.

Senol Gunes, has kept a clean record that has gained him respect among his peers in Turkey and abroad, and TFF spokesperson said his name is the first name on the list of contenders, but the situation can evolve.

“An agreement has been reached with national team coach Mircea Lucescu… regarding the termination of his contract” signed in 2017, TFF declared in a statement.

Turkey have been slated in Group H for the Euro 2020 qualifiers alongside world champions France and giant killers Iceland their main rivals.

Mircea Lucescu’s report card as Turkey National coach was marked by disappointing results (four victories, six draws and seven defeats in 17 games), we can also recall that new talents emerged such as Roma winger Cengiz Under or Wolfsburg midfielder Yunus Malli who may also be a plus at the long run.

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Turkey’s inability to qualify for 2018 World Cup in Russia was the biggest blow on Mircea Lucescu’s time as Turkey’s coach.

Turkish local media reporters shows that Besiktas that was trained by Gunes since 2015 have already been on the lookout for a new coach in case Mircea Lucescu leaves.

Source: AFP


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