October 28, 2018 / 9:36 PM / 22 days ago

Fenerbahce sack coach Cocu after poor start to season

ISTANBUL, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Phillip Cocu’s contract as Fenerbahce coach has been terminated after only four months, the struggling Turkish club announced on Sunday.

The former Dutch international has paid the price for the Istanbul giants enduring one of the worst starts to a season in their 111-year history.

The 47-year-old Cocu, who only took over in June, has seen Fenerbahce, one of the country’s traditional footballing powerhouses, slump to 15th in the Turkish Super League, just one spot above the relegation zone.

The club made the announcement on Twitter after suffering a 3-1 defeat at home to Ankaragucu, their fifth defeat in the ten games played so far this season.

Cocu, who had a distinguished playing career with Barcelona and the Netherlands, coached PSV Eindhoven with considerable success between 2013 and 2018, carrying them to three Eredivisie titles before joining Fenerbahce on a three-year deal. (Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen Editing by Ian Chadband)

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