Although she came to the European Championship as the darling of the shadows, the Turkish national football has become one of the most unpleasant surprises in the European Championship.
After losing all three games with a goal difference of 1:8, Turkey finished last in Group A.
Turkish coach Senol Gunes attributed his team’s “unacceptable performance” in the European Cup to many factors, but due to growing pressure from the Turkish public, he has no plans to resign.
“This young team will mark the next 10 years of Turkish football, but we know that such performance in these games is unacceptable,” Gunes said.
The Turks kicked off the European Cup with the defeat of Italy (0:3), followed by the defeats of Wales (0:2) and Switzerland (1:3).
“I am responsible for this,” the coach added, and he does not consider resigning. He pointed out that the media was one of the chief culprits for this result.
He emphasized: “At present, I have not considered resigning. The price of failure must be paid, but the media also have responsibilities, management also has responsibilities, and professionals have responsibilities.”
“This is a big test for us, but sometimes these failures can add more experience than success,” Gunes said in the end.
This is his second term on the Turkish bench, and he will start in 2019. During his first term from 2000 to 2004, he led Turkey to third place in the 2002 World Cup.