RACHEL – Ersun Yanal’s coaching credentials face acid test

Ersun Yanal’s coaching credentials face acid testErsun Yanal is shaping up to be a really popular man in the Black Sea city of Trabzon due to how quickly he has turned the cityand#39s football team around in the wake of Vahid Halilhodzicand#39s departure.Since Yanal, an old enemy of the cluband#39s bitter enemy Fenerbahe, took over the helm of Trabzonspor, the club is three for three, and not against just any pushover teams.

The coachand#39s first trial was a seemingly impossible task: defeat Istanbul giant Galatasaray in its own stadium It was unthinkable for Trabzon under predecessor Halilhodzic, but Yanaland#39s Trabzon shocked the Lions 3-0.Yanal was already shaping up to be a hero.

Days later Trabzon emphatically defeated Metalist Kharkiv 3-1 in their UEFA Europa League group stage match, which started to convince people that the conquest of Galatasaray might not have been a fluke.In week 12, Trabzonspor trounced GenlerbirliIi 4-1, a team they were drawn even with — each had 12 points — just two weeks before under Halilhodzic.

Trabzon was in 10th place after the Bosnian coachand#39s last Spor Toto Super League match. Now it has leaped up to fifth.

In two league matches, Yanal has as many victories as Halilhodzic recorded in the previous nine. Trabzon scored seven goals, 10 if you count the Europa game as well, and has conceded just one.

Since Yanal showed up for his second stint with the Black Sea Storm, Trabzon has improved its stats enough that the team has now scored 20 goals, more than anyone else in the league.Future Trabzon king?The tests are getting harder before they ease up.

Trabzon faces league leader BeIiktaI away on Sunday. The Storm just might have the firepower to score against the Black Eagles, and perhaps it can even prevent BeIiktaI from responding.

It will not be easy, but a victory would be massive for Trabzon and Yanal.After BeIiktaI comes an away game at Polish side Legia Warsaw, the only team that has defeated the Storm in Europa this year Trabzon has guaranteed a place in the knockout stages of the competition already, but if Yanaland#39s squad defeats Legia then it would finish top of the group, to the delight of Trabzon fans everywhere.

Although the club did fine in Europa, Trabzon under Halilhodzic was a depressingly poor performer in the domestic league, despite securing a staggering number of new signings. It took 10 weeks, but eventually he parted ways with the club, whose supporters were vocal in their disapproval of the coach.

The Storm seems to have done a 180 since but Yanal is the difference.andldquoWhen coach Ersun came, he had a two-hour talk with me.

On that day, so many things changed in my life from a mental perspective,andrdquo midfielder Yusuf ErdoIan explained. andldquoIt is becoming clear why Fenerbahe was so organized last year,andrdquo he added.

Yanal last season led Fenerbahe to the championship in complete domination of the Super League. Trabzon supporters did not like him so much as an enemy, but if these results continue in the next two difficult matches, even those eternal grudge-holding supporters will be singing his praises.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman