at what stage are we supposed to get worried about genclerbirligi? about now i reckon. eight matches played for a total of four points. dear oh dear oh dear.
genclerbirligi 1 - 3 kasimpasa
after such wonderful weather during the bayram it was bloody cold in ankara on saturday night but that didn't stop a decent crowd from showing up at the beer bus. ten of us all up, four of whom were making their debut for genclerbirligi.
got to the stadium to find that the newbies had only gone and bought their tickets from biletix for gecekondu. bye!
the mixture of the cold and the bayram meant it was only a smallish crowd but we were still in good spirits. kasimpasa were in mid-table before kick-off and most were at least confident we could get a draw. we were to be totally embarrassed.
all started well when we scored in the 7th when tomic sent in a corner for ahmet celik to score his first ever goal for genclerbirligi.
going by the first couple of minutes this was going to be a walkover. instead we were the ones who got trampled with kasimpasa putting three past us in the 15th, 28th and 39th. all three goals were the result of both great play from kasimpasa but also some absolutely woeful bird shit from our lot.
basic, basic! passes in midfield were being intercepted and resulted in counter attacks. our defenders and goalkeeper ramazan are certainly not going to be putting this match onto their career highlights youtube page.
half-time and we were in despair. there was nothing to come back with. except...
chairman ilhan cavcav and his sidekick cem onuk ended up getting plenty of stick for most of the second half. cavcav mainly for being cavcav but cem onuk for his absolutely disastrous transfers this year. how on earth did we let go of bjorn at the end of last year. he was the first decent striker we have had since the days of souleyman youla and ahmed hassan.
the alkaralar fans website has made what is probably its 573rd call for the pair to resign. the fans in the stands, including a large number in the expensive seats opposite us, were in unison with their shouts of "yonetim istifa".
so everyone is in agreement. that doesn't mean they will resign. much more likely is that they will sack the coach.
it's all a bit of a mess and i don't see any way out of it at the moment.
edit news just in an hour after i posted. cem onuk has been sacked. source anadolu ajansi (in turkish).
edit ii (monday morning) coach metin diyadin has left as well... who is next?