ISTANBUL - Turkish giants Galatasaray yesterday fired coach Fatih Terim after a disappointing start to the season.
The news comes only a month after the most successful coach in Turkish history agreed to take over the national team on a one-year deal, while continuing his club commitments.
But following a mediocre start to the season with one win and three draws in their opening four league matches, leaving them ninth, Terim has been shown the door.
Following a board meeting, the club published a statement on their website saying they had decided to "end Fatih Terim's contract", explaining that it was to "protect the club's interests".
Apart from the champions' poor league start, last week they were humiliated 6-1 at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Known as the "emperor" in his homeland, Terim was in his third stint at the Galatasaray helm having previously won six Turkish league titles and leading them to the UEFA Cup crown in 2000, beating Arsenal on penalties in the final.