Football: Fenerbahce manager Dick Advocaat to call it a day at end of season

Fenerbahce manager Dick Advocaat will be retiring at the end of the season.
Fenerbahce manager Dick Advocaat will be retiring at the end of the season. PHOTO: REUTERS

Istanbul (AFP) - Turkish club Fenerbahce's well-travelled manager Dick Advocaat is retiring at the end of the season with the Dutchman drawing the curtain on his three-decade career.

"The decision was already made by me that I will quit at the end (of the season) and quit means I stop," ex-Netherlands manager Advocaat told reporters after Fenerbahce lost 2-3 at home to Konyaspor late on Friday.

"Not only at Fenerbahce. Fenerbahce will be my final club," he added.

Advocaat, who had managed teams from Rangers in Scotland to Zenit in Russia to Sunderland in England, joined Fenerbahce last August on a one-year deal.

But Fenerbahce have remained in the doldrums and are virtually out of title contention this year in fourth place, an unacceptable position for fans.

The defeat by seventh-place Konyaspor was just the latest humiliation for a star-studded side that includes Robin van Persie of the Netherlands and Simon Kjaer of Denmark.

But Advocaat said he had arrived too late in the pre-season to turn round the fortunes of an unbalanced side.

"Some players for us don't have the fitness and the sharpness that you need on this level," he said, adding that for most of the Konyaspor game "it was too poor, not good enough".

"There is something wrong, that's for sure. I came in too late with a squad not in balance but I cannot blame them... During the season you cannot change that," he added.

After a playing career with a succession of Dutch sides, Advocaat went into management in his native Netherlands in the 1980s.

Possibly his finest period was a successful stint of over three years with Scottish giants Rangers from 1998-2001.

His appointment at Fenerbahce caused some controversy in his native country as Advocaat was at the time assistant coach to the Netherlands.