Galatasaray Part Ways With Yıldizoglu

02.05.2012

BASKETBALL IN EUROPE

Ceyhyn Yildizoglu (Galatasaray)
Galatasaray have thanked coach Ceyhyn Yildizoglu for his work at the club in the past two seasons

Galatasaray have confirmed that Ceyhun Yildizoglu is no longer the coach of the women's basketball team.

The Istanbul outfit beat rivals Fenerbahce in the Turkish Cup but came up short of expectations at the EuroLeague Women Final Eight.

A Gala team that had some of the players in Turkey's national team, which Yildizoglu also coaches, and superstars Diana Taurasi and Tina Charles, finished fifth and then lost to Fener in the Turkish play-off finals, 3-1.

The club have released a statement to announce Yildizoglu's departure from the team.

It says: "Ceyhun Yildizoglu has done quite a coherent job in our club since the 2010-2011 season.

"The work done towards youth teams under his management is still going on with pace.

"We have a complete belief that we'll see the results of these in the middle and long term.

"We reached two Turkish Cups and a Presidential Cup with Ceyhun Yildizoglu, who is also the head coach of the national team.

"We sincerely thank Ceyhun Yildizoglu for the success he brought and especially for his attitude befitting Galatasaray, which he also reflected to our players."

The biggest blow for Galatasaray this season in their quest for European glory was the loss of 2011 EuroLeague Women Final Four MVP Alba Torrens to a serious knee injury.

The Spanish international tore her ACL in a game at Lotos Gdynia on 19 January.

There is media speculation in Istanbul that Cem Akdag, the former women's national team coach, is in line to replace Yildizoglu at Galatasaray.


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