Bülent Uygun Named New Umm Salal Coach
DOHA: In a move far from surprising, Umm Salal fired French coachGerard Gilliand handed over the reins to Turkey’s Bulent Uygun. It emerged on Saturday.
Umm Salal who barely managed to stay in the Qatar Stars League last season;begun their Qatar Stars league campaign with a disappointing defeat to recently promoted side Muaither, inaugurating a lengthy losing streak which places them at the bottom of the league table after twelve weeks.
Uygun, as a player was capped 16 times for theTurkey Under-21squad and 11 times forTurkey, scoring only twice for the senior squad.He also played 3 times for the National Olympic Team.
The 42 year-old coach built a reputation for rescuing relegation threatened side in Turkey, a feat he managed to reverse with Sivasspore and Eskisehirspor in Turkey. He has stated that his managerial influence has come fromBrazilian 1994 World Cup managerCarlos Alberto Parreira, whom he worked under while playing forFenerbahçe S.K.