Turkey national team is on the lookout for a new manager after their humiliating loss in Amsterdam earlier this month. Stefan Kuntz, Okan Buruk, Joachim Loew and even Fatih Terim have been touted as Senol Gunes's successor.
Turkish football federation has been reportedly considering those names for taking charge of the team which did well before EURO 2020 with massive 4-2 win over Netherlands but slumped to a dreadful form in the summer tournament. A 1-6 demolishing loss by Louis Van Gaal's De Oranje earlier this month was the alarming defeat in Senol Gunes' side declining campaign. He was eventually released from his position on a mutual consent. Which one of those will be named to guide Caglar Soyuncu and Co to mark their return to the world cup finals after twenty years of absence. There has been no confirmation yet, although the former Germany U-21 boss Stefan Kuntz has been reported to hold talks with Turkish football federation to be at the helm of the team. Let us take a look closer to Kuntz and the other candidates who have been in the news according to Hurriyet newspaper.
- Stefan Kuntz seems to be on the front race of securing this position. He has just left the position of Germany U-21 manager after the disappointing exit at the group stage of Olympic Games 2021. Despite being on DFB contract till 2023, the former German international who played in World Cup 1994 and EURO 1996 has been keen on a senior team job. After losing to Hans Flick for Die Mannschaft post, Kuntz aims for the Turkish job. He was once played for Besiktas in 1995/96 season and clinched two Euro U-21 titles for Germany in 2017 and 2021.
- Okan Buruk is one fresh name from the new generation of Turkish manager. He was the member of the national team squad in 2000s, including in World Cup 2002 when they finished third plus won UEFA Cup with Galatasaray in 2000. The former Inter Milan man can be considered as the trailblazer for his team as he led Istanbul Basaksehir to win their first ever league title in 2020 and guided Akhisarspor for Turkish Cup 2018, their first top flight trophy in history.
- Joachim Low has been cited by the noteworthy local newspaper Hurriyet as the most reasonable candidate they could hire. World cup winner, EURO runners-up as well as twice semifinalist while taking charge of Der Panzer plus had managed two Turkish teams, Fenerbahce and Adanaspor in a brief spell each.
- Last but not least, Fatih Terim has been proposed again by the media to take his fourth stints with Turkish national team. Terim's career has always been identical to Galatasaray, his current team in his fourth spell with UEFA Cup 2000 as the most notable continental titles, and the national team with EURO 2008 semifinalist was his best outcome. Interestingly, in this previous three terms under his tenure, Turkey always qualified to EURO (1996,2008 and 2016) but failed to seal one berth in the World Cup finals respectively (1994,2006 and 2014).
It remains to be seen who would be chosen as the headcoach since there has been reports on naming Tayfun Korkut, Mustafa Dogan, Kenan Kocak and Tayfur Havutcu as the promising Seno Gunes' successor. Low seems to be an ideal one but no reports on further contact, while Kuntz is a reasonable option since signing Okan Buruk is stilk quite risky despite his potential whereas Terim is still attached to the contract with Cim Bom.