Hagi leaves Galatasaray
Gheorghe Hagi has handed in his resignation as coach of Turkish side Galatasaray after admitting to feeling frustrated at a lack of support from the club's directors during his year in charge. "I have felt alone in my job the whole season and I failed to
The former Romanian playmaker made his announcement after Galatasaray's 4-0 victory over Denizlispor in the final round of the Turkish League at the weekend to finish third in the standings.
Despite winning the Turkish Cup earlier this month, the Istanbul side's hopes of celebrating their centenary year in style have been dampened by missing out on a spot in next season's Champions League.
"I decided to resign 10 days ago but only made my decision public after the last match of the season," Hagi told Reuters by telephone from Istanbul on Monday.
"But I'm satisfied with my work. I built a new, positive team and revived the careers of some players considered too old by the media and officials."
He then coached the Romanian national side for six months, resigning after they failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup.
In 2003, he returned to Turkey as coach of Bursaspor before taking over at Galatasaray in March 2004.
Hagi added that he had already received offers from several clubs and had not ruled out a return to his native Romania.
"Steaua Bucharest made me an interesting offer and I'll decide my future after some days rest," Hagi said.
Earlier this month, Romanian League leaders Steaua fired Italian coach Walter Zenga just three rounds before the end of the season.