What is patience? I am changing my question. What is patience for Turkish football?
Sir Alex Ferguson worked for Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. Exactly 27 years! He won his first trophy (the FA Cup) in the 1989-90 season, and his first league title was after 6 years since moving to Old Trafford. Arsene Wegner, widely criticized every year, has been sitting on Arsenal’s manager chair for 21 years. 27 years and 21 years! As a Turk, I cannot imagine a manager who works for a Turkish club for so many years. If Sir Alex Ferguson was a Turk (and Man United were a Turkish club), he would not see his second year with his team. Today, I am going to try to examine thoroughly what it makes sense.
In July 2011, Galatasaray agreed a deal with Fatih Terim, the legendary manager in the history of Galatasaray. Fenerbahçe, one of the most important opponents, were in trouble with 2011 Turkish Sports Corruption Scandals. They took a knock in terms of economy, the squad, law and punishment. Turkish football was losing prestige. Bad days were at the doors. However, Galatasaray did not seem to be affected.
After two years, under the leadership of Fatih Terim, Galatasaray won two league titles and went to the quarter final in the Champions League. Imagine after this what happened! Did Galatasaray win the league tittle again? Did they go up to the semi-final in Champions League? No no no! This is Turkey. Turkish National Team needed a manager and the Federation negotiated with Fatih Terim, and the story started for Galatasaray. From his departure in 2013 to 2016, they changed five managers. Managers with such names as Roberto Mancini, Cesare Prandelli, Hamza Hamzaoglu, Mustafa Denizli and Jan Olde Rienkerink. Even Denizli, who won the 2014-15 title, was fired.
Let’s come back to 2017. Igor Tudor, who has served as manager of Galatasaray since February 2017, gave hope to the fans. Transfers were starting to get exciting but Galatasaray were eliminated in the UEFA Europa League by the Swedish team Östersunds. If you watch the press conference after the match against Östersunds, you can see how relentless journalists were against Igor Tudor. Galatasaray fans got disappointed and the opposing voices began to sound. On the internet, media and social media, Tudor found himself in the line of fire. According to the fans and press, he should have resigned.
Today, the third week of the Turkish Super League is over. Galatasaray is the only team that have done 3 in 3.
1st Week : Galatasaray 4 – 1 Kayserispor
2nd Week : Osmanlıspor 1 – 3 Galatasaray
3rd Week : Galatasaray 3 – 0 Sivasspor
Do you think the fans keep criticising him severely? No! They have already known that he has good managerial potential! Offenders were the chairman, his board and their mismanagement!
In Turkish football, today your statue can be sculptured and tomorrow you can be sent from the team. Now it is your turn. Brainstorm and try to find the answer what patience is for Turkish football.