Turkcell Super League – Sivasspor gets a new coach

Sivasspor's new coach Muhsin Ertugral

Sivasspor's new coach Muhsin Ertugral

Bülent Uygun resigned as Sivasspor head coach after their match against Antalyaspor this week.  Sivasspor wasted no time in naming a new coach.  The new coach is a name that might be familiar to African football enthusiasts, particularly in South Africa.  The man hired to hopefully put Sivasspor’s season in order is Muhsin Ertuğral.  Ertuğral’s resume includes some Super League experience, as he was assistant coach to Trabzonspor under Yılmaz Vural in the 1997-98 season.  He took charge of the Zaire (currently DR Congo) national team in 1995, and led them to qualification for the African Cup of Nations in 1996.  There, Zaire made it to the quarterfinals, getting the attention of South African club Kaizer Chiefs.  He coached the South African club in two stints, first from 1999 to 2003, and from 2007 to 2009.  He led the club to the African Cup Winners Cup in 2001.  After his second stint, he signed on for Ajax Cape Town in May of 2009.  So he seems to have some pedigree, although many people would think that coaching African football might be a step below the European league.  Regardless, he seems to know how to pull a team together and achieve objectives.  Whether he can get Sivasspor out of the relegation zone is yet to be seen.