Fortuna Sittard equaled the fastest sacking ever in the Eredivisie by sacking manager Shorus Urti after just three games into the new Eredivisie season.
The decision came on the heels of Limburg Club, who were bottom two after conceding 10 goals in a 4-1 home defeat to Camburg Leeuwarden on Saturday.
Technical manager Sjoerd Ars said in a statement that the “tough” decision to let go of Ultee was “not based solely on the last three games”.
“On many fronts we have not seen sufficient progress in the development of the team. There is a growing difference in perspectives which means we see this decision as integral to the interests of the club.”
Fortuna also lost 2-3 at home to Ajax and 3-0 to Twente Enschede. Owned by Turkish businessman Isitangyun since 2016, the club controversially closed his season after signing veteran striker and former Turkey national team captain Burak Ilmaz.
The arrivals of Turkish midfielder Dogan Erdogan, Spanish midfielder Inigo Córdoba and Brazilian defender Rodrigo Gut also raised expectations.
Captain Mario, director of the CBV, the professional football coaches union, criticized Urtie’s dismissal as “ridiculously quick”.
“I can’t say with certainty that Ultee had time to rectify the disappointing results,” he said.
Fortuna Sittard also struggled before the winter break last season, but Urti turned things around and was able to reach the club’s goals. [of survival]Expectations for this season are clearly much higher.
Ultee’s duties will be temporarily taken over by assistant coach Jeroen Schepens and youth team manager Dominik Vergoossen.
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