Erik Gerets has parted company with Galatasaray SK by mutual consent after the Istanbul club failed to hold on to their Turkish league crown.
Galatasaray finished third in the Süper Lig behind Fenerbahçe SK and Beşiktaş JK, and after talks with his chairman Özhan Canaydın yesterday, Gerets has stood down. "I wanted to take back the title next year but unfortunately I won't get the chance," he said.
The 53-year-old former Belgian international defender has been unable to repeat the success of his first season - when the championship was won - though he still lost only eleven of his 68 league games in charge. "I am not angry, but I am unhappy," he continued. "We performed very well in my first year, and I have to say that some of the criticism at the start of this second season was unnecessary." Gerets, whose charges came bottom of their UEFA Champions League group in the autumn, has previously coached Club Brugge KV, PSV Eindhoven, 1. FC Kaiserslautern and VfL Wolfsburg.
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