News : Süper-Lig: 27th coach dismissal! Turkish coaches are degenerating into fair game
Column by Fatih Demireli: 27. Change of coach this season: Turkish coaches are degenerating into fair game
The Turkish Süper Lig clubs set a new record: after 30 match days, 27 coach changes in the league had to vacate their posts – and the trend is rising. Not only the clubs are to blame for this chaos, but also the coaches themselves.
Fuat Capa has not even updated his LinkedIn profile. There the 52-year-old football teacher says that he is the coach of MKE Ankaragücü. He was presented to the capital club shortly before the start of the current season, but was released on November 25, 2020.
His unemployment lasted only three days: on November 28, Kasimpasa introduced him to succeed Irfan Buz. Buz, who is now working at Yeni Malatyaspor as the successor to Hamzaoglu, stayed in Kasimpasa for only two weeks. Capa was released from Kasimpasa on Monday.
This time he lasted 20 games and was sacked after 14 games at the same club last season. It is absolutely clear that there is no time to keep the LinkedIn profile up to date. He has now, because in Turkey coaches are only allowed to work for two different clubs in one season. At least until summer, Capa can now keep an eye out where he will be released next.
Only six out of 21 clubs stuck to the coach this season
The coaching job in Turkey has turned into a lottery. With Capa there are now 27 trainer dismissals (!) Only this season. Only six out of 21 clubs stuck to their coach this season: Besiktas, Fenerbahce, Galatasaray, Alanyaspor, Hatayspor and Sivasspor.
The current trainer was only in office at three clubs last season. The rest of it is a dizzying carousel: Kayserispor signed Hamza Hamzaoglu, the fifth coach of the season, last week. Will he be the last? At least doubts are justified.
Yilmaz Vural, who has coached almost 30 different clubs in his career and is the sole record holder, puts the blame on the decision-makers in the association: “The clubs should be allowed to work with a maximum of two coaches per season. That must also be stated in the regulations . The players would then no longer have an alibi, because they know that the club cannot fire their coach. And the clubs would also know that everyone has to do their job. I don’t know who is happy with this situation, that nothing can be done take action against it. “
Trainers are also to blame because there is no selection
But not only the association and the clubs are to blame. The trainers also have their share in the fact that they have degenerated into fair game. Many trainers take the next best offer to stay in business. They rarely select, they accept the circumstances without asking too much. For example, if a club has not paid salaries for months, this is not a criterion for many coaches not to accept a job.
Nor is it much asked what philosophy is in demand because most clubs don’t have one. The alignment is: win the next game. If they are laid off, very few dare to chase after their outstanding salaries or their severance payment.
In the fear that word will get around and that they will fall out of the carousel. This is tragic in that coaches like Capa, Hamzaoglu or Buz are certainly considered types with a modern approach, but are condemned to work with narrow-minded club bosses who are not interested in the long term.
Christoph Daum: “A year as a coach in Turkey costs 7 years of life”
Christoph Daum is someone who knows how things are going in Turkey. He was champion with Besiktas and Fenerbahce and worked for both clubs twice – plus a short episode at Bursaspor.
“In Turkey coaches are under even more extreme scrutiny and the criticism is even less objective than in other countries. A coaching year in Turkey costs you seven years of life,” writes Daum in his biography “Always at the limit.”
The big problem is usually the completely presumptuous expectations. Daum writes in his book that he was once expected to win the Champions League title at Fenerbahce.
Not the premier class, but the national title this season should obviously be for newly promoted Karagümrük. The club, which does not have its own stadium or training ground, is playing a decent season and is consistently among the top eight. And yet, promotion coach Senol Can was sacked last week because he only won one out of six games.
Club President Süleyman Hurma recently said that the goal is “European Cup”. Successor Francesco Farioli should now secure this. The 31-year-old Italian was an assistant coach in Alanya, was there as a tactical advisor to coach Cagdas Atan and should now go to Karagümrük Help you succeed.
His advantage could be the international break: on the one hand, he can get to know the team, on the other hand, he may find the time to update his LinkedIn profile. There he is still the assistant coach of Alanyaspor.
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