Its been a busy couple of days in the Turkish Capital in regards to the latest going ons at Ankaragucu with the troubled side again claiming the headlines. Their now seems to be glimmer of hope for the club with an unlikely source looking to save the club from going bankrupt. That man is former Ankaragucu president Cemal Aydin.
Most folk who follow this blog will be familiar with Aydin and his 12 year spell at the club, where overall he was successful keeping the club in the Turkish Super Lig and qualifying for Europe twice. He did however leave the club on disappointing terms and was partly responsible for the takeover which saw Melih Gokcek takeover the club, which was later ruled as an illegal takeover by the courts after Aydin changed his mind. The rest as we say is history.
The Ankaragucu support are mostly in favour of Cemal Aydin coming back to the club, not because they have forgiven him for the mess that he created, but for the fact that their is some trust there in that he genuinely wants to see the club do well and will challenge the Gokceks. He is the last and only hope of the club surviving.
The news broke last night claiming he wants the club back with the original 25 Million debt that was there when he left in 2009, he wants Gokcek to take responsibility for the rest. However news today from his representative claims that he has left Izmir for Ankara and will take over the club no matter what the debt is. We will await to see how this all pans out.
In other news, the current management team have yet to confirm who the new manager will be. Former Manisaspor coach Taner Taskim has again stated that he wants the job and will bring their star player Mertan Caner Ozturk if he gets the job. Again with the current transfer ban, its difficult to see how this can materialise.
The club also want to bring back Omer Bozan and Adem Saglan who left at the end of this season due to unpaid wages. Now let me get one thing clear, we as fans want to see our players being paid their money, its unacceptable that they aren't paid as they have contracts. But looking at it from a loyalty and professional point of view, both players left with the club still in the hunt for a playoff place, they only had 5-6 games remaining and couldnt sign with another club anyway. The Manisaspor team hadnt been paid in over 6 months, but they all stayed and ended up with a championship medal. For that reason i hope we dont see either of them back in an Ankaragucu jersey.
It looks like its going to be another summer of uncertainty at Ankaragucu, hopefully we can deliver some good news in the near future.