Turkey’s Terim deserves another shot at a big club

June 26, 2008

Fatih Terim

Turkey coach Fatih Terim said he would probably leave following their unlucky 3-2 defeat by Germany in the Euro 2008 semi-finals.

Given the way his determined and depleted side played and the gracious manner in which Terim conducted himself, a move to a big European club may not be far away.

Of course the former Galatasaray boss already had short stints at AC Milan and Fiorentina at the start of the decade. The Italian media and fans were suspicious of a Turkish manager and he was not given ample time to show what he could do.

After dealing with a raft of suspensions and injuries and still leading Turkey to an unprecedented European Championship semi-final, he fully deserves another opportunity at a top European club. His side never gave up, scoring some improbable late goals, and against Germany in Basel they were better side for much of the game and should have won.

I was most impressed with his amazing dignity in the pre and post match news conferences. He refused to make the suspensions an excuse or criticise the referees. The snappy dresser, who changes his sweaty shirts in the dugout, also congratulated Germany and said they had to accept the result even if they were unfortunate.

So which club chairman will be singing “you’re the one for me, Fatih”?

(Apologies to those who do not know obscure songs by British crooner Morrissey.)

Mark Meadows in Basel

PHOTO: Turkey coach Fatih Terim after their Euro 2008 semi-final defeat by Germany at St Jakob Park stadium in Basel, June 25. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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Posted by skypoker | Report as abusive

A midd-table english team would be just fine for Fatih Terim. He can reach great things with the will and the passion that he got.

Posted by Rod | Report as abusive

I can understand why Terim might be thinking of calling it a day, given his prickly relationship with the national federation and the media, but I think it would be a shame, not least for the players. He seems to have that knack of drawing composed, confident performances on the international stage from raw young talent, as well as the respect of the older players. A European club’s gain would be Turkey’s loss.

Posted by Iain | Report as abusive

I’m all for this guy getting a high-profile club job; he’s doing something right. Only thing is, yesterday, there’s a good chance no one saw how good a job he did with the TV outages!
http://startingeleven.blogspot.com/2008/ 06/euro-2008-turkey-germany-heidi-game-f or.html

Maybe Fatim can coach in England where foreign coaches and foreigners are welcomed with open arms and their names are spelt correctly… obscure british songs belong with their obscure football teams!!

Posted by Luke | Report as abusive

Fatih Terim is our favourite coach. We gratitude to him for semi final in Euro 2008