Besiktas Boss Senol Gunes Agrees Four-Year Deal As Turkey National Team Manager

Besiktas manager Senol Gunes has agreed a four-year contract to coach the Turkish national team, the Turkish Football Federation said on Thursday.

Gunes will return to the job he held 15 years ago when he guided Turkey to an unprecedented third-placed finish in the 2002 World Cup.

The 66-year-old coached Turkey between 2002-04 during a golden era in Turkish international football.

Gunes will replace Mircea Lucescu who had a dismal run in charge of the national team.

Under Lucescu’s stewardship, Turkey were relegated to League C in the UEFA Nations League after finishing bottom of their group.

Gunes will take charge of his role on June 1 and is expected to resign as Besiktas manager as a result.

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As Besiktas head coach Gunes lifted two league titles back to back from 2015-16 to 2016-17 over the past four seasons.

The Black Eagles also recorded their best Champions League run after booking a place in the Last 16 as undefeated group leaders last season.

Gunes will not be in charge of Turkey over their next matches are against Albania and Moldova in late March.