Fenerbahce part ways with head coach Erol Bulut

Fenerbahce's former midfielder and sporting director Emre Belozoglu was appointed as interim caretaker after the club mutually parted ways with Bulut on Thursday.

Turkey's Fenerbahce said on Thursday it has parted ways with head coach Erol Bulut by mutual agreement.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Turkey's Fenerbahce said on Thursday it has parted ways with head coach Erol Bulut by mutual agreement, and added that former midfielder and sporting director Emre Belozoglu was appointed as caretaker for the remainder of the season.

Fenerbahce, Turkey's second most decorated club, is third in the top-tier Super Lig after 30 games, two points behind bitter rival Galatasaray in second place and five off leader Besiktas, who has a match in hand.

However, despite a good start to the season, the team has been unable to maintain their momentum in the second half of the campaign. It has won just two matches in its last five.

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"Upon our board's decision, our sporting director Emre Belozoglu will work as our football team's technical officer," the club said in a statement.

"We wish our team, which will continue its battle in the Super Lig under Emre Belozoglu's leadership, success."

Belozoglu played for Fenerbahce for eight seasons, and was also a member of Turkey's national team squad. He has been working as Fenerbahce's sporting director for the past year.

In January, Fenerbahce signed 32-year-old German midfielder Mesut Ozil on a 3-1/2 year deal, in a landmark move for the team that the player regards as his boyhood club.