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Gala coach Fatih Terim sacked

September 25, 2013
By ESPN staff

Galatasaray have sacked coach Fatih Terim after the 60-year-old refused to accept a contract extension with the Turkish champions.

Terim, who has led Galatasaray during three separate stints at the club, turned down the option to extend his contract to the end of the 2015-16 season.

The Turkish boss, who is also currently in charge of the national team, was voted out during a meeting of the club's board of directors, with the decision having immediate effect.

A statement on the club's website said: "In spite of the decision of the Galatasaray Sports Club and the Board of Directors to extend the term of the contract with Fatih Terim for two more years as of May 2014, when Mr Terim has rejected the offer, the Board has instead decided to terminate the contract between him and the club. We would like to thank Mr Terim for all his services and wish him all the best in his future career."

Terim, who was responsible for signing Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder, is expected to focus on Turkey's bid for World Cup qualification.

Although there is speculation that Galatasaray's poor early season form was responsible for Terim's dismissal, it is believed the Turkish giants are keen to secure a long-term coach.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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