Turkey coach Abdullah Avcı has stepped down after a disappointing run in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
The 50-year-old coach, who was appointed in November 2011 to replace Guus Hiddink, announced his decision to step down with a written statement. Avcı led Turkey to victory in the 2005 UEFA European Under-17 Championship and went on to coach İstanbul BB SK but in 18 matches at the national-team helm he won six and lost eight matches, leaving them fourth in World Cup qualifying Group D, four points adrift of Hungary in second.
"I served Turkish football with pride and honour for 21 months," Avcı's statement read. "Working together and farewells are normal in football just like winning and losing. I thought that my departure would be the best decision and shared my thoughts with Turkish Football Federation (TFF) president Yıldırım Demirören."
Following the resignation of Avcı, Demirören asked permission from Galatasaray AŞ president Ünal Aysal to conduct talks with their coach Fatih Terim, who previously led Turkey between 2005 and 2009. Aysal agreed to this request and this morning talks were held between Demirören and Terim. Turkey host Andorra in Kayseri on 6 September before travelling to Bucharest to face Romania four days later.
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