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Bijedic leaves relegated Bursaspor

Published: Monday 17 May 2004, 11.24CET
Nedzad Bijedic has resigned as Bursaspor coach after their first-ever relegation from the Turkish top flight.

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Published: Monday 17 May 2004, 11.24CET

Bijedic leaves relegated Bursaspor

Nedzad Bijedic has resigned as Bursaspor coach after their first-ever relegation from the Turkish top flight.
Nedzad Bijedic has stepped down as Bursaspor coach after overseeing the club's first-ever relegation from the Turkish top flight. However, the trainer has left open the possibility of a swift return under a new board.

Eleven-match reign
Bursaspor lost their Superleague status on Sunday, despite a 1-0 victory against Samsunspor, after other results went against them. That ended their unbroken run among the élite dating back to the top division's inaugural year of 1959, and Bijedic, who had succeeded Ümit Kayihan with eleven matches remaining, duly resigned.

Statistically successful
Bijedic said: "In the 23 games before I took over, the club claimed only 17 points and three wins. Since I accepted the job, we have collected 23 points and seven wins. In my opinion I was successful, at least the statistics suggest that."

Possible comeback
The coach explained he was stepping down to "give room for manoeuvre to the new board that will be elected this week", but added: "They would probably like to build their own squad. If they decide to work with me again, I would gladly accept."

Call for unity
The Bosnia-Herzegovnian admitted he thought the 40 points his team ended on would be good enough for survival, but gave a suggestion as to how a quick return could be achieved. "Everyone should be united," he said. "Local media, fans, and board members who have vision should gather together. Ten thousand fans came to Sakarya for our final match. For a struggling side, that is a good number."

Last updated: 17/05/04 20.24CET

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