Football: Galatasaray fire coach Fatih Terim

Galatasaray's coach Fatih Terim holds a press conference at Metin Oktay Training Centre in Istanbul on Sept 16, 2013, on the eve of the Uefa Champions League group B football match between Galatasaray and Real Madrid. Galatasaray on Tuesday fired coa
Galatasaray's coach Fatih Terim holds a press conference at Metin Oktay Training Centre in Istanbul on Sept 16, 2013, on the eve of the Uefa Champions League group B football match between Galatasaray and Real Madrid. Galatasaray on Tuesday fired coach Terim after a disappointing start to the season. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

ISTANBUL (AFP) - Turkish giants Galatasaray on Tuesday fired coach Fatih Terim after a disappointing start to the season.

The news comes only a month after the most successful coach in Turkish history agreed to take over the national team on a one-year deal, while continuing his club commitments.

But following a mediocre start to the season that saw them win one, and draw three of their opening four league matches, leaving them currently ninth, Terim has been shown the door.

Following a board meeting the club published a statement on their website saying they had decided to "end Fatih Terim's contract", explaining that it was to "protect the club's interests".

Apart from the champions' poor league start, last week they were humiliated 6-1 at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Known as the Emperor in his homeland, Terim was in his third stint at the Galatasaray helm having previously won six Turkish league titles and led them to the Uefa Cup crown in 2000, beating Arsenal on penalties in the final.

He is in his third spell as Turkey coach after previously taking the reins from 1993 to 1996 and then again from 2005 to 2009.