Galatasaray set to appoint Denizli as new manager

Published 11/23/2015, 9:10 AM EST

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish champions Galatasaray named Mustafa Denizli, the only coach to win the domestic league with three different clubs, as their new manager on Monday.

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Club chairman Dursun Ozbek made the announcement at a joint news conference after a meeting with Denizli at the club’s stadium in Istanbul where the pair agreed he would take charge of the team.

“It’s a great honour to be here. A difficult and challenging task is waiting for me now,” said Denizli, the only coach to win the domestic league with three different clubs.

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“I am excited to be back with the only club for which I would risk my successes, my reputation.”

Details regarding the agreement, which Ozbek said will be signed in a couple of days, were not revealed.

Denizli, 66, managed the Turkish national team for four years and reached the quarter-finals of the European championship in 2000.

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He has won three domestic league titles with Istanbul’s three big rivals — Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas. His previous spell in charge of Galatasaray was in the early 1990s.

Last week, Galatasaray parted ways with coach Hamza Hamzaoglu, less than a year after he took charge of the side, following a mediocre start to the season.

Galatasaray are seven points behind league leaders Besiktas in third place in the standings after 12 games and third in Champions League Group C on four points from as many matches.

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Denizli said he will not travel to Madrid for the team’s away game against Atletico on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Editing by Daren Butler/Sudipto Ganguly/Rex Gowar)

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