Galatasaray have appointed Romanian Gheorghe Hagi as their new coach, replacing Fatih Terim who resigned earlier this month, Turkish newspaper websites reported on Monday. Hagi, widely regarded as Romania's greatest ever player, helped lead Galatasaray to four Turkish titles and triumph in the UEFA Cup in 2000.
Nobody from the club was immediately available to comment.
The Hurriyet newspaper website said Ozhan Canaydin, re-elected as club chairman at the weekend, would hold a news conference at 16:00 local time (15:00 CET).
Terim resigned on March 5 after the club were knocked out of the UEFA Cup in the third round, but remained in charge until Saturday's game against Rizespor which Galatasaray lost 2-1, capping a disappointing second spell at the club for the coach.
The Istanbul side are currently sixth in the first division, 19 points adrift of leaders Fenerbahce.
Hagi, 39, returned to football after an 18-month absence last summer when he was appointed coach of Turkish first division club Bursaspor. He resigned after the team made a poor start to the season.
During an illustrious career, he played for Steaua Bucharest, Real Madrid, Brescia, Barcelona and Galatasaray, where he hung up his boots in 2000. He also had a spell as coach of the Romanian national side in 2001.
I guess we can't see Gala in european competitions at least 2 years..