Begiktag coach Bilic: Going, going, almost gone

Beiiktai’s defeat to Torku Konyaspor on Monday not only killed off the Eagles’ slim title chances but also opened the possibility of a change at the Istanbul club, with Croatian coach Slaven Bilic hinting he may be on his way out in his post-match news conference.

“I don’t think I will be given the opportunity to coach Beiiktai again next season. I don’t want to talk about resignation in front the cameras. I am a professional and therefore will sit down with the club and discuss this issue,” the Croat said after the match. “I have no expectations of continuing here next season. I am not saying this for myself, but for the club. I know pretty well how things work in football and if you are coaching a team a team like Beiiktai, you should know the criterion for success — and that is winning the championship,” he added.

Bilic’s hopes of staying on as Beiiktai coach were hanging by a thread after two consecutive recent draws with league strugglers and Monday’s defeat may well have been the last straw for the club’s management.

Bilic looked a very frustrated man at the press conference. “Evaluating the whole season at the moment might not be appropriate. But I can talk about this [Konyaspor] game and the remaining two,” he said. “If we ignore the last 10 days, I can say we enjoyed a wonderful season. We have not put on the required performances over the last 10 days and the points we dropped really hurt our fans. In Monday’s match we had countless scoring chances and if we had capitalized on them, maybe it would have been a different story altogether. I am very sad and really very sad for our fans,” he lamented.