Thank You and Goodbye Mustafa Kaplan !
Mustafa Kaplan today left the club due to mutual consent after a meeting with President Mehmet Yiginer. Both parties agreed it would be best of Kaplan moved on although no reasons were given. Kaplan said "After discussions with Mr Yiginer we mutually agreed that i would move on, Ankaragucu is my home and although i was coach at the clubs worst period we won many admirers. I hope Ankaragucu in 3-4 years can return to the Super Lig".
After replacing Yilmaz Ozlem last season as coach, Kaplan won over the fans and players with his style of football and passion from the touch line. He won the respect of the players and it will be a key factor as to weather the remaining players will now stay at the club. Im sure Mr Kaplan wont be out of work for too long as he already caught the eye of Super Lig teams.
As to who will replace Kaplan, there are two names being mentioned. Former Ankaragucu player and coach Hayati Soldas and former Boluspor coach Serhat Guller. We will keep you updated as soon as we have more news. The club will also hand trials to 750 young footballers born between 1996-2000 over the coming weeks. With the current transfer ban still not lifted the club will push on and look at bringing through young players.
In the mean time we at The Round Ball in Ankara would like to thank Mustafa Kaplan for all his hard work and commitment and hopefully one day in better circumstances we will see him back as coach.