Istanbul - Experienced Dutch coach Dick Advocaat on
Wednesday vowed to reinvigorate the fortunes of Fenerbahce with attacking
football as he was officially unveiled as the new coach of the Istanbul giants.
Advocaat had arrived in Istanbul earlier this week as the
surprise choice to replace Vitor Pereira, whose one-year stint ended in an
acrimonious parting with the club unilaterally terminating the contract of the
"The most important thing is that we try to take the
initiative in the game," said Advocaat as he was introduced at the signing
ceremony at Fenerbahce's Sukru Saracoglu Stadium.
"We have to play attacking football. It's simple. And
to be successful everyone in the squad has to be involved in what we do."
In a colourful managerial career spanning over three
decades, Advocaat had most recently managed clubs including Zenit St Petersburg
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The former Dutch national coach also enjoyed a successful
stint of over three years with Scottish giants Rangers from 1998-2001.
Fenerbahce lost out to local rivals Besiktas in the race for
the league title last season but the final nail for Pereira was the team's
defeat at the hands of Monaco in the third qualifying round of the Champions
League earlier this month.
Turkish media have seen Advocaat's arrival as a major boost
for his fellow Dutchman and star striker Robin van Persie, who had notoriously
poor relations with Pereira.
But Advocaat insisted there would be no special treatment
for the ex-Manchester United marksman.
"It is not about one player, it is about the team. The
most important thing is the score and not the individual. So I can't promise
Advocaat's first test comes as soon as Thursday when
Fenerbahce take on Grashopper Zurich in the first leg of the Europa League
His arrival means that two of Istanbul's top three clubs are
managed by Dutchmen, with Jan Olde Riekerink at the helm of rivals Galatasaray.For
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