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FOOTBALL: Mr Grumpy Gunes; WORLD CUP 2002.

TURKEY

THE relationship between a national coach and the country's media is often a rocky one but Senol Gunes has set new standards in tempestuousness.

Despite leading Turkey to their first World Cup since 1954, Gunes faced calls for his head when former Galatasaray boss Fatih Terim found himself at a loose end following his sacking by AC Milan.

Terim, a demonstrative character who won the UEFA Cup with the Istanbul giants, seemed so much more attractive than straight-faced Gunes.

The coach responded with a display of nationalist fervour not seen in Turkey since Ataturk's heyday.

At a presentation in which he invoked the ghosts of Turkey's Korean War dead, Gunes called on the press and public to get behind the "revolution" he said he was building.

While not quite revolutionary, Turkey's performances in the World Cup qualification campaign, which culminated in a 6-0 aggregate play-off drubbing of Austria, lead Gunes to insist his team can reach the quarter-finals.

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Date:May 20, 2002
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