The Turkish Soccer Federation (TFF) on Wednesday introduced the dismissal of the top coach of the lads’s nationwide group, Stefan Kuntz.
The choice to take away Stefan Kuntz from his position follows a string of disappointing outcomes.
All of it started with a draw towards Armenia within the Euro 2024 qualifiers, which was then adopted by a lower than favorable consequence in a pleasant match towards Japan.
Regardless of earlier stories suggesting that Kuntz would proceed on the helm, the TFF finally determined to take a distinct path.
In a latest assertion, the TFF said, “Following a complete analysis assembly as we speak with Nationwide Workforce Coach Stefan Kuntz, the TFF Board of Administrators has amicably agreed to half methods with Mr. Kuntz, within the spirit of goodwill and professionalism. We lengthen our gratitude to Mr. Stefan Kuntz for his contributions to our Nationwide Soccer Workforce and want him success in his future endeavors.”
Throughout the Euro 2024 Qualifiers, the Turkish nationwide group, often known as the Crescent-Stars, confronted off towards Armenia of their fifth match, concluding the sport with a 1-1 draw.
Bertuğ Yıldırım scored Türkiye’s sole purpose within the 88th minute, whereas Armenia discovered the online within the forty ninth minute by Bichakhchyan.
Moreover, in a global pleasant match towards Japan, which marked the renewal of their rivalry after 21 years, the Crescent Stars encountered a 4-2 defeat towards the red-hot Japanese facet.
Japan secured their victory with targets from Atsuki Ito within the fifteenth minute, Keito Nakamura within the thirty sixth and forty fourth minutes, and Junya Ito from a penalty kick within the 78th minute.
Türkiye’s targets, alternatively, have been scored by Ozan Kabak within the forty fourth minute and Bertuğ Yıldırım within the 61st minute.
The draw towards Armenia and the loss to Japan put great strain on Coach Stefan Kuntz, who confronted vital criticism, particularly after the defeat towards Japan.
In a candid press convention, Kuntz left no room for ambiguity, stating, “Moderately than merely listening to, it is important for the gamers to really see. Gamers want to succeed in a stage the place they offer their all. If they aren’t giving their very best, it pains me. The solutions are discovered on the sector, not in interviews.”
Many believed that Kuntz’s critique was restricted to his public statements.
Nonetheless, it has emerged that the skilled coach additionally delivered a stern motivational speech throughout halftime within the match towards Japan, throughout which Türkiye discovered themselves trailing 3-1.
Unhappy with the group’s efficiency on the pitch, Kuntz lashed out on the gamers within the dressing room leading to a backlash towards the gaffer.
Because the Turkish nationwide group appears to be like ahead to an vital match towards Croatia within the Euro 2024 Qualifiers Group D in October, there may be hypothesis that Kenan Koçak, one in all Kuntz’s assistants, could assume momentary cost of the group.
If a brand new head coach is appointed, Kuntz’s assistants could both be relieved of their duties or, if agreeable, proceed of their roles underneath the brand new management.
Based on unconfirmed stories, the Turkish Soccer Federation has reportedly reached an settlement with Italian coach Vincenzo Montella.
Montella, who beforehand managed Adana Demirspor final season, is believed to be the frontrunner for the place of the brand new head coach for the Turkish nationwide group.
Throughout his tenure at Adana Demirspor, Montella achieved a formidable report of 38 wins, 17 attracts, and 21 losses in 76 matches, sustaining a median of 1.72 factors per sport.