Turkish first division side Galatasaray, nearing the end of a disastrous season, announced today that agreement has been reached with popular Turkish coach Fatih Terim to take over. "An aggreement has been reached in principle with Fatih Terim to coach our professional football squad," the club said in a statement.
Terim, dubbed "The Emperor," said a three-year deal has been agreed. "We have an agreement for three years. But we plan to sit down every year to analyse the situation," Terim told Haberturk TV channel.
Terim, 57, previously coached Galatasaray from 1996/2000 and 2002/04. He has coached Italian teams Fiorentina and AC Milan and then led the Turkish national squad to the semi-finals of the UEFA EURO 2008 championship.
With two more games to be played this season, Galatasaray are currently ninth in the championship, lagging 36 points behind leaders and arch-rivals Fenerbahce. Winners of the UEFA Cup in 2000 when Terim was previously coach, the Istanbul side have lost all hope of qualifying for European competition next season.
In March, Galatasaray sacked coach Gheorghe Hagi, only five months after hiring the Romanian to replace Dutch coach Frank Rijkaard.