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Turkey name Avci as Hiddink successor

November 17, 2011

Abdullah Avci has been named as the new Turkey boss just a day after Guus Hiddink's departure was confirmed.

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GettyImagesAbdullah Avci has previously managed Turkey Under-17s

Hiddink left the post by mutual consent after his side were beaten by Croatia in their Euro 2012 play-off on Tuesday night.

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has wasted no time in announcing the Dutchman's replacement after turning to former Under-17 boss Avci on a four-year contract.

"I am very happy to be granted the honour of such a duty,'' he said at a press conference on Thursday. "We will take important steps to improve the national team.''

The 48-year-old, who has been in charge of Turkish top-flight club Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor since 2006, led the Under-17 team to their European triumph in 2005.

Avci has also established Istanbul BB as a top-flight club since winning promotion in 2007.

"Coach Abdullah deserved this position, I believe he will reach great success with the national team,'' TFF chairman Mehmet Ali Aydinlar said.