Former Turkish midfielder Okan Buruk has been appointed coach of his former club Galatasaray on a two-year deal, the Istanbul side announced on Thursday.
After the departure of Fatih Terim in January, Spaniard Domenech Torrent, a former assistant to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, was unable to improve the team’s results.
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The club slipped to 13th place in the league, a historic low for a record 22-time Turkish league champion.
Buruk, a 48-year-old, was capped 56 times for Turkey and played for the club for 12 seasons, winning the UEFA Cup with them in 2000.
“Most welcome!” Galatasaray said in a statement.
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As a coach, Buruk led Istanbul Basaksehir to his first Turkish league title in 2020.
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