Turkey asks Terim to take over as national team coach
Galatasaray technical director Fatih Terim has been offered a four-year deal by the Turkish Football Federation to replace Abdullah Avci as national team coach, according to state news channel TRT Haber.
TFF chairman Yildirim Demiroren has proposed a plan which will allow the 59-year-old Terim to combine his coaching commitments with Galatasaray with that of the national side for the rest of the season. After that, he would be expected to take charge of the national team on a full time basis.
Avci left his post by mutual consent following a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign.
Turkey are struggling to reach the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil and stand fourth in Group D with seven points from six matches, adrift of leaders Netherlands (18) and second-placed Hungary (11), who are currently in the play-off spot.
The 50-year-old Avci, who took charge in November 2011, has been criticised by fans and the media for Turkey’s poor qualifying results which include a home defeat by Romania.