Galatasaray appoint Roberto Mancini as manager

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Turkish giants Galatasaray have appointed former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini as their new manager on a three-year deal. The Istanbul club confirmed on Sunday that the Italian had met the club officials and the director.

Mancini has replaced former manager Fatih Terim, who was sacked a week ago after he failed to agree a new contract with the Turkish club. And Galatasaray have made a pretty dismal start to the season as they've won only a single game out of their five league games.

Their start to the Champions League season has been equally disappointing as they were hammered by Spanish giants Real Madrid, 6-1, in their first game of the group stages.

Mancini was fired by Manchester City in May after failing to win a trophy in his last season in charge. The Italian came close to winning the FA Cup, but his side slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Wigan.

Terim, 60, is one of the most influential people in the club's history, having led Galatasaray to six of their record 19 domestic titles, as well as the 2000 UEFA Cup following an 11-year spell as a player.

Mancini, after being appointed the new manager, was quoted as telling Gala's Twitter account: "I am very happy to come to a club as big as Galatasaray.

"The Galatasaray-Juventus match will be a happy coincidence for me."

The 48-year-old, who has been unemployed since May after a glorious reign at Manchester City, will look to cement his place as a reliable manager in Turkey. His Galatasaray side will face Juventus on Wednesday in their second Champions League game at the Juventus arena.

The prospect of Mancini facing Carlos Tevez will be particularly interesting given their often hostile relationship at the Etihad Stadium.

The Juventus key man is doubtful for the match, though, as he's suffering from an ankle injury.

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