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Akçay throws in the towel at Trabzonspor

Mustafa Akçay has resigned as coach of UEFA Europa League contenders Trabzonspor AŞ, leaving his assistant Hami Mandıralı to lead the Black Sea side against Juventus.

Trabzonspor accepted coach Mustafa Akçay's resignation
Trabzonspor accepted coach Mustafa Akçay's resignation ©Getty Images

Mustafa Akçay has stepped down as coach of UEFA Europa League contenders Trabzonspor AŞ following a run of disappointing league results in Turkey.

The 55-year-old tendered his resignation in the wake of Sunday's 4-2 home defeat by Akhisar Belediyespor, with the board agreeing to terminate his contract with immediate effect. "Sadly, I am stepping down from the post where I have been working with diligence and passion," he said.

"I wish Trabzonspor the best. I would like to thank team captain Onur Kıvrak, Olcan Adın and Mustafa Yumlu and the rest of the players. Their characters will contribute to a better future, and I truly believe that."

Akçay made his name by winning promotion to the second tier with TKİ Tavşanlı Linyitspor in 2009/10. Their survival at that level the following season prompted Trabzonspor's feeder club 1461 Trabzon to take him on. Their third-place finish in the same division last term earned Akçay a move to Trabzonspor in summer 2013.

Akçay's interim successor is his former assistant, Hami Mandıralı. The 45-year-old was a club legend as an attacking midfielder, famous for thunderous free-kicks. Capped 49 times, he was in charge of Turkey's Under-21 set-up before returning to Trabzonspor as Akçay's assistant in 2013. He will lead the club in their UEFA Europa League round of 32 meeting with this year's final hosts, Juventus.