The worst case scenario happened and Östersunds eliminated Galatasaray from the Europa League last Thursday, leaving the club in utter chaos. Now, the most important question at the club is to what extent people are going to lose their jobs? Galatasaray fans want the resignation of both coach Igor Tudor and the administration, but there is no evidence that Galatasaray would be any better after the departure of their coach and administration because there are no possible, promising candidates for those roles. The best thing for now is to continue with the current coach and administration until the end of the first half of the season, until then candidates may develop their plans to rescue Galatasaray.
There is only one reason why I would be bothered if Galatasaray sacked Igor Tudor, and that is the idea that he may have been victimized by the administration and the players. If you remember, a similar scenario happened to Cesare Prandelli three years ago, and the obvious financial and administrative nosedive of the club proceeded unnoticed while everyone was arguing how bad Prandelli was. Added to that, just like today, Galatasaray players seemed not only physically weak but also mentally troubled and unmotivated. Given that the players disliked Prandelli, they used to call him the video-coach because of his extensive use of videos, the atmosphere changed dramatically when a Turkish coach, Hamza Hamzaoğlu arrived at the club.
So, does Igor Tudor's team show any sign of collective action or a touch of a talented coach? No. Do we have any evidence that Tudor can improve their game looking at his 12-game journey? No. Does he seem to know what he is doing on the bench? No. Thus, I am not against the idea of Tudor's departure, but the ones who definitely want him to resign have to make sure that he is not trapped by the "veteran" players at Galatasaray and the administration. Added to that, I do not accept any plan that includes Mustafa Denizli, Bülent Korkmaz or any type of old-school Turkish coach who would not change the direction of the club to a new one.
Galatasaray are yearning for a new approach and right now the club as a whole has failed to deliver. The cleanest way to do it would be cleaning the team of the toxic players - almost everyone at the club knows who these players are - and give a clean team to Tudor so he can show off his talent, if there is any. Then, if he fails, Tudor might be sacked and replaced by a coach who can bring novelties to Turkish football. There is simply no logic in sacking a coach without giving him time and a preseason camp. Nevertheless, I do not consider an administrative change in the short-term helpful simply because there is no one to replace the current one. Galatasaray must get themselves out of the swamp first, then they can try to run faster than their opponents.
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