Besiktas President Fikret Orman Resigns After Seven Years In Charge

Fikret Orman has resigned from his post as Besiktas manager after a seven-year stint in charge of the club.

Orman was first elected president in 2012 taking over a side struggling with £250m of debt, 142 lawsuits and a suspension from Uefa competitions for breaching FFP agreements.

The 47-year-old oversaw the building of the 41,903 capacity Vodafone Park stadium which replaced the Inonu stadium.

Orman also brought in sweeping changes, addressed the debt issue and introduced long-term plans to build Besiktas’ commercial value both at home and overseas.

Under the leadership of Orman Besiktas built a side that won back-to-back league titles over the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

The Black Eagles looked likely to dominate Turkish football after their domestic success. Orman slashed the wage bill, reduced transfer fee expenditure and earned a reputation as a hard negotiator in the transfer market.

The decline of the Orman era started in January 2018. Besiktas sold Cenk Tosun to Everton for a club-record £27m fee but failed to replace him.

The Black-Whites looked favorites to win the 2017-18 campaign until selling Tosun.

Besiktas failed to replace Anderson Talisca the following summer.

Between them Talisca and Tosun were directly involved in 45 goals.

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The Turkish Lira crisis hurt Besiktas but Orman’s transfer policy became increasingly erratic.

The Black-Whites started spending recklessly on panic buys and made several poor transfers resulting in a 4th placed finish last term.

Besiktas got off to a poor start this season and find themselves in 11th place after 5 games having picked up just five points.