Fenerbahçe signs coach Ersun Yanal
“Our club has agreed to a 1.5-year deal with Ersun Yanal, who coached our team in the 2013-2014 season and led our Fenerbahçe to the league title, for the coaching post of the football team,” the club said in a written statement.
The team, which started the season with Dutch coach Phillip Cocu after Ali Koç ended Aziz Yıldırım’s 20-year reign as the club president last May, currently sits in the relegation zone, one spot over cellar-dweller Rizespor.
With just three wins in the first 15 weeks, the pressure will be on the new coach when Fenerbahçe takes on Erzurumspor, which is one spot above its opponent on same points, at home on Dec. 17.
Beşiktaş knocked out
While Fenerbahçe’s loss in the Europa League did not hurt its campaign, as it had already advanced, but its city rival Beşiktaş suffered a shock loss at home on the same night to be knocked out of the competition.