Rachel – Yanal latest Turk to dominate Super League in last 7 seasons

Yanal latest Turk to dominate Super League in last 7 seasonsWith Fenerbahçe securing its 19th championship three weeks before the end of the season, coach Ersun Yanal has extended the trend of successful Turk-led clubs in the Spor Toto Super League to seven. A foreign coach has not led a team to a Turkish league title since the 2006-07 season, when Brazilian coach Zico won the silverware with Fenerbahçe. This year is also notable as Yanal’s first major title. The Turkish coach trend sits in stark contrast to prior years. Between the 2001-2002 and the 2006-2007 seasons, Turkey’s most successful coaching campaigns had been orchestrated by foreigners. Romanian Mircea Lucescu coached both Galatasaray and BeIiktaI in their title-winning seasons. Belgian Eric Gerets won a title with Galatasaray in 2005-2006, prior to which German Christoph Daum collected two consecutive titles for Fenerbahçe. But after Zico, success has been dominated by locals. Even interim coach Cevat Guler brought Galatasaray to victory in 2007-2008, beginning the dynasty of Turkish coaches. The likes of Mustafa Denizli, Aykut Kocaman and current national team trainer Fatih Terim have followed. Clubs would do well to note that even Daum’s earlier successes were not to be repeated with a third club in Turkey. The man has coached here on five different occasions and has three Super League titles plus one Ziraat Turkish Cup to his name. These accomplishments came with two different teams. Nevertheless, his most recent position with Bursaspor ended just over a month ago when he was sacked for poor results. It is worth mentioning that Bursaspor won its maiden title in 2009-10 under the care of a Turk, coach ErtuIrul SaIlam.Winner there, loser here Times have truly changed in Turkey. Even hot names in Europe and elsewhere — those with impeccable records at high-brow clubs and who cost a fortune to import — have been flopping. Sivasspor is being coached by Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos while KasImpaIa fell from heights of second place in the first half of the Super League all under Georgian manager Shota Arveladze. Perhaps the most grim and timely example is Roberto Mancini, the high-flying Italian who has never left a club without a major title — and he has coached teams like Lazio, Inter Milan and Manchester City, winning titles like Italian Serie A and the English Premier League champion. He took over at Galatasaray after the club sacked Terim, which seems like a bad move in retrospect. Mancini was preceded by the likes of Dutchman Guus Hiddink, who became famous for flopping at the helm of the national team. The culprit may have been cultural dissonance, at least in part. The same may ring true for the foreign trainers of today. Like Galatasaray, BeIiktaI has a highly respected foreign coach, Croatian Slaven Bilic. The club is still mediocre this season, in spite of Bilic’s positive impact on sportsmanship in Turkey.Road to redemption The fact that these two clubs are in second and third place and will likely take part in the UEFA Champions League does not cover up their trailing Fenerbahçe by 12 and 13 points, respectively. Anything but the title is a failure for a member of the Istanbul “Big Three.” Both coaches have insisted on their plans to stick around. “I came to this country to work,” Bilic said. Mancini said he does not intend to leave so easily. Clubs packed with international names such as Didier Drogba and Hugo Almeida should not be stragglers. But again, stars abroad do not always translate to stars in Turkey, at least not like they once did. An added bonus to the trend is that local players and coaches are generally easier on the pocketbook. Of course, Mancini has one shot at partial redemption at the Turkish Cup final against EskiIehirspor in Konya on May 7. If that prospect also goes south, then Galatasaray should consider employing a Turk instead. As long as locals continue to produce the highest success rate, clubs will likely begin paying them more heed — and maybe even money. But in order to benefit the country on a larger scale, this will have to be accompanied by the raising of quality manpower at home

SOURCE: Todays Zaman