You may recall Fatih Terim from Euro 2008. Think back to the man in the open-necked white shirt, gesticulating on the touchline like a Wall Street trader gone mad. He looked, for all the world, like he’d just stumbled away from a desk job and onto the screen. The cameras loved him. That was Terim.
The former player-turned-manager guided his Turkey side to the semi-finals where they were eventually knocked out by Joachim Low’s Germany. But the Turks surprised everyone with their dynamic performances along the way.
Terim was ranked seventh in a list of the world’s best football managers by World Soccer magazine in 2008 and has coached some immense players, like Gheorghe Hagi and Hakan Sukur.
Terim has also managed short spells at Fiorentina and AC Milan and has had two stints at Galatasaray—where he has overseen six Super Lig titles, a UEFA Cup win (1999/2000) and guided his side to this season’s quarter-finals of the Champions League.
The self-styled “Emperor” (profile at UEFA.com) is a tough manager and has a no-nonsense approach, but the emperor’s rule obviously gets results.
With the future Chelsea manager yet to be unveiled, Terry could do well to play for the former defender, who is breaking records with Galatasaray.