RACHEL – ‘Dance of coaches’ adds some spice to Super League season

‘Dance of coaches’ adds some spice to Super League seasonOne of the Spor Toto Super Leagueand#39s perennial traditions is the shuffling about of managers, and this season is no exception, as a total of eight coaches parted ways with their Turkish top-flight clubs even before winter break.Notable this year was Galatasaray losing coach Cesare Prandelli.

He had followed in the footsteps of another high-profile Italian who had failed to make things work with the Lions — Roberto Mancini. Mancini had come on mid-season as well, replacing ejected coach Fatih Terim last season.

Prandelli and Galatasaray parted ways in late November, after a 2-0 loss to Anderlecht that made it impossible for the Lions to salvage their UEFA Champions League campaign.With Europe a lost cause, new coach Hamza HamzaoIlu has only to worry about the domestic front.

Even under Prandelli the home front was not a total disaster, and HamzaoIlu has kept the Lions on steady course.They are leading their Ziraat Turkish Cup group with three decisive wins, one of them 9-1.

In the Super League, the Lions are lying in wait as runner-up, ready to overcome the one-point deficit to leapfrog BeIiktaI into first, should the Black Eagles drop points.Roberto Carlosand#39 bad seasonSivasspor lost Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos through andldquomutual consent,andrdquo as announced on its website on Dec.

22.Last year, Sivas became known for its fierce offense.

Moroccan Aatif Chahechouhe was goal king and with 16 wins, the club landed in fifth. This year, the very same Sivas has flopped.

After weeks floating in and around the relegation zone with only two wins in 14 matches, Carlos left last week and was duly replaced by Sergen YalIn.andldquoOf course change can happen in a team Unfortunately, this period has happened to Sivasspor,andrdquo the new coach said.

andldquoI think I have come to a good team, one of the good teams in the league. Right now, the place we find ourselves in is definitely not the right recompense for our quality, itand#39s just our place in the standings,andrdquo he added.

In Halilhodzicand#39s wakeLike Prandelli, Vahid Halilhodzic was fresh off of a gig with a World Cup team when he came to Turkey. Prandelli led Italy to disastrous results while Halilhodzic was celebrated for underdog Algeriaand#39s performance.

Halilhodzic abandoned Trabzon after a whirlwind transfer season in which he almost completely reformed the Black Sea Storm But the newcomers were not a miracle cure for Trabzonand#39s woes.The Storm suffered through most of the year with mostly draws, landing in 10th with 12 points, when the Bosnian was sacked on Nov.

10. Trabzonspor was doing better in the UEFA Europa League and continues to do so today under its new coach.

Ersun Yanal is a good catch, having brought home a Super League championship with Fenerbahe last season. He has brought the best out of Halilhodzicand#39s new signings, pulling them up to fifth place as of week 14.

The list of shifting coaches is rounded out with a host of smaller teams. BalIkesirspor started the year with Ismail Ertekin but he left in November to be replaced by Kemal zdeI after sitting at rock bottom most of the season.

They are still dead last, but did manage to defeat KasImpaIaTorku Konyaspor switched from Mesut Bakkal to another ex-Canary coach, Aykut Kocaman. GenlerbirliIi did not have a stable trainer until Irfan Buz showed up at the end of September In November, Bulent Korkmaz left Kayseri Erciyesspor and was replaced by UIur Tutuneker aykur Rizesporand#39s Mehmet zdilek resigned in early December and Hikmet Karaman signed on.

With the year not even half over, the Super League is on course to break the record of 14 coach changes, set just last year.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman