Gheorghe Hagi has returned for a second spell as Galatasaray manager, and will be officially unveiled by the Turkish outfit on Friday.
The Romanian legend, who guided Gala to a Turkish Cup triumph in 2005, replaces Frank Rijkaard in the hotseat, after the Dutchman left the club by mutual consent on Wednesday.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “Gheorghe Hagi is the new football manager of Galatasaray, and Tugay Kerimoglu has been appointed as assistant football manager.”
Galatasaray are currently languishing in ninth in the Super Lig table, and failed to qualify for the Europa League group stages after losing to Ukrainian side Karpaty Lviv on away goals in the final qualifying round.
Hagi will be hoping to turn around the fortunes of a club where he spent his final five years as a player before retiring in 2001.
Other than the Turkish Cup victory with Gala, Hagi experienced poor spells at Bursaspor, Politehnica Timisoara and his last club Steaua Bucuresti, who he left in 2007.