Turkey has moved swiftly to replace Guus Hiddink as coach of Turkey, naming Abdullah Avci as the chosen man to lead Turkey to the World Cup 2014.
Hiddink resigned as coach of Turkey following the dismal display of Turkey and the failure to qualify for Euro 2012 next summer after defeat to Croatia in the playoffs, the big Dutchman failing to live up to his stellar reputation. Turkey hopes that Avci will be the right man to get Turkey back on track.
After being named as coach, Avci said: “I am very happy to be granted the honour of such a duty; we will take important steps to improve the national team.” Avci will have a contract with the national team until 31 May 2015.Avci has previously managed Istanbul club Buyuksehir for the last 5 years, leading the team to promotion in 2007 and to the Turkish Cup final for the first time. Turkish Football Federation Chairman Mehmet Ali Ayinlar said: “Coach Abdullah deserved this position; I believe he will reach great success with the national team.”