Istanbul powerhouse Galatasaray is expected to part ways with its Croatian manager Igor Tudor on Monday following the team’s poor performance in recent weeks.
Galatasaray’s ruling board chaired by club President Dursun Özbek met Monday at 2 p.m. local time and is expected to announce its decision on Tudor after the meeting. The club’s official website displaying the technical staff was unavailable Monday.
Following a good start to the season leading Turkish Super League for 13 weeks in a row, Galatasaray displayed poor performance in recent weeks, losing four of its last seven matches. Runners-up Medipol Başakşehir, thrashing Galatasaray in a 5-1 home win on Week 12, took the lead on Week 14 as the Yellow-Reds suffered a 3-0 defeat against title-holders Beşiktaş in the Istanbul Derby, angering fans and prompting calls for resignation in sports media.
Galatasaray managed to climb again to the first position in Week 15 with a 4-2 defeat against Aegean club Akhisarspor in a match hotly debated for referee decisions. However, the Lions lost the lead again on Week 16 with a 2-1 loss against Yeni Malatyaspor, which served as the tipping point for Galatasaray executives.
Previously managing his home team Hajduk Split, Greece’s PAOK and Turkey’s Karabükspor, Tudor’s hiring as Galatasaray’s manager was strongly contested with most sports commentaries against the choice. In February 2016, Tudor replaced Dutch manager Jan Olde Riekerink, who himself replaced Turkish manager Mustafa Denizli in March 2016 after his brief four-month stint with the club.