Istanbul - Istanbul football giants Fenerbahce are set to
name the well travelled Dutch coach Dick Advocaat as their new manager
following the sacking of Vitor Pereira, reports said Monday.
Advocaat was to travel to Turkey following secret talks in
the Netherlands and could be taking charge of the team's training as soon as
Tuesday, the NTV channel and Fanatik sports daily reported.
In a statement to Fanatik, Advocaat, 68, appeared to confirm
the appointment, saying he thought he would not return to club management but
Fenerbahce made an offer he could not refuse.
"Fenerbahce made me an unbelievable offer. And I
agreed. You don't turn down such an offer from such a big club," he was
quoted as saying.
In a colourful managerial career spanning over three decades
that has seen spells with some two dozen clubs and countries, Advocaat had most
recently managed clubs including Zenit St Petersburg and Sunderland.
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Fenerbahce decided to part company with Pereira after the
team's defeat at the hands of Monaco in the third qualifying round of the
Champions League earlier this month.
The board are keen to have a new manager in place for when
Fenerbahce take on Grashopper of Zurich in the first leg of play-offs for the
Europa League in Istanbul on Thursday.
Turkish press reports have said Advocaat has already stepped
down from his position as assistant to Netherlands national manager Danny Blind
for the move.
Pereira, a former Porto and Olympiakos boss, was appointed
Fenerbahce coach in June 2015.
But the club lost out to local rivals Besiktas in the race
for the league title last season despite boasting talent like former Manchester
United stars Robin van Persie and Nani.For
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