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Hagi: ‘I’m not thinking about resigning’

Romanian head coach Gheorghe Hagi’s position at the helm of Galatasaray is becoming increasingly uncertain. On Wednesday evening the team failed to qualify for the Turkish Cup semifinals after drawing at home against Gaziantepspor in a game counting for the second leg of their quarterfinal fixture. Galatasaray had lost the first leg, score 2-3. The Turkish press recently wrote that Galatasaray President Adnan Polat told Hagi during a meeting that his fate as head coach depends on the result of the return leg against Gaziantepspor.


Nevertheless, the Romanian sticks to his guns: “I’m not thinking about resigning. Those above me will analyze the situation. I’m learning from what is happening. I had great successes at Galatasaray before but I didn’t experience this kind of situations. That’s how it is in sports. Everybody should analyze the situation and decide what’s better for the future,” Hagi stated after Wednesday’s game, being quoted by sporx.com. He claims that his team should have been awarded a clear penalty shot and that it “played well” in general, but “we couldn’t score.”


Galatasaray’s leadership has postponed a decision until after the club’s general assembly meeting on March 27, ‘Milliyet’ daily informs, being quoted by HotNews.


“The operation has been postponed,” the Turkish daily headlined, pointing out that Galatasaray’s officials had previously planned to appoint assistant coach Tugay Kerimoglu as interim head coach in case the team bowed out from the Turkish Cup. ‘Milliyet’ points out that club president Adnan Polat and other club officials have postponed a decision because they consider that Galatasaray failed to qualify for the Turkish Cup semifinals “because of significant bad luck.”


‘Hurriyet’ daily writes, under the headline “Hagi period coming to a close,” that although the Romanian head coach still has a year of contract the club’s leadership will sack him by the end of the season. “Hagi, the end” was the headlined used by ‘Takvim,’ a daily that notes that the Romanian head coach could be sacked at any time, just like sports director Adnan Sezgin.

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