Frenchman Jean Tigana has been appointed Besiktas’s third coach this year.

Chairman Yildirim Demiroren told a ceremony in Turkey’s largest city that the Frenchman had signed a one and a half year deal.

“We will launch our work tomorrow with our first training session. Our first job will be to get our injured players back. We have a tough Sevilla match ahead of us,” Tigana said.

Besiktas face Sevilla in the UEFA Cup on Thursday.

“I am very happy,” Tigana, a former France international who previously had coached Fulham Lyon and Monaco. told reporters.

“I am used and happy to having a large team around me,” Tigana said.

Riza Calimbay resigned after fans called for him to be fired when they were held to a draw at home by Kayserispor. Former Real Madrid coach Vicente del Bosque was sacked in January.

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