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Senol Gunes confirmed as Turkey coach

Senol Gunes confirmed as Turkey coach

The Trabzon native will take the reins on June 1, 2019 after the Super Lig comes to an end.

After weeks of speculation, Senol Gunes has been confirmed as the head coach of the Turkish national team, fifteen years after his first stint with the team.

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) confirmed the appointment yesterday, announcing that they reached a four-year deal with the Black Eagles coach.

Gunes will take charge of Turkish national team on June 1, one day after his contract with Besiktas expires.

Under his guidence, Turkey is expected to qualify for the UEFA 2020 EURO and 2022 World Cup, a task which is difficult considering the inconsistency that has plagued the Turkish national team for years.

His predecessor, Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu, was sacked earlier this month on February 11 after a disastrous spell which saw Turkey relegated in the UEFA Nations League as well as failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Lucescu record with Turkey is a dismal 4 wins in 17 games.

This will be Gunes’ second stint with the national team.

His first appointment, back in August 2000, saw Turkey reach their biggest achievement on the global stage as they finished 3rd in the 2002 World Cup in Japan & South Korea.

He was let go in 2004 after Turkey failed to qualify for the EURO 2004 tournament.

However, years later, the TFF sees him as the right candidate to take charge of the team once again.

Basaksehir coach Abdullah Avci was another candidate for the job but he declined, on multiple instances, the TFF’s offer.

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