As the electoral process continued unabated at the Galatasaray Club, presidential candidate Eşref Hamamcıoğlu answered questions from Skorer’s Nergis Aşkın. Eşref Hamamcıoğlu, who is a presidential candidate for the second time at the Galatasaray Club; He made remarkable claims about Domenec Torrent and Mircea Lucescu. Eşref Hamamcıoğlu also announced Galatasaray’s new sporting director.
Are you waiting for the elections?
“I didn’t expect it to happen so quickly, but I expected an election ahead of time.”
Were you ready for the election?
“My preparation is not a 6 month, 1 year preparation. I have been in this community for 38 years. I have supported at different levels and in different responsibilities. Therefore, my experience in business and my experience are accumulated during this period, I have a mile behind me. In this regard, it is less than other candidates. “I am going through a process that requires preparation. We have different priorities. Our program was more or less clear because Galatasaray’s problems have not changed much since the last election. In this regard, we have updated our solution proposals a bit.”
You said you had different priorities, can you explain that a bit?
“Galatasaray needs a fundamental change of vision. One of them is not only in football but also in terms of general management. Galatasaray Sports Club should stop buying sporting success, especially in the football. Because success does not come. We see examples of this in Turkey from other clubs. Millions of dollars and euros are spent, there is still no sporting success. They all descend into chaos Currently, the Galatasaray club is the one that talks the most about the financial problem, but the situation of other clubs is no different from ours. It is even worse. However, Galatasaray remains the most on the agenda because Galatasaray is a brand One of the fundamental changes It should be that The branches of football should be a center of income rather than a center of expenditure as in the case of successful European clubs If football cannot generate its own income, it is not possible ble to survive. The third fundamental issue is that Galatasaray should now be able to generate revenue other than serious game revenue due to the pandemic. There are declines. But we look at the clubs that have succeeded. While there has been a decrease in sporting income like Real Madrid and Barcelona, there has been an 18% increase in their total income. All this while bringing technology, digitization and marketing to its followers. Galatasaray’s recipe for salvation is one of their pens. It must market its assets well, create value and turn that value into money. It’s not hard work. It is a job that requires patience and time. Significant milestones can be reached in 2 years. The fourth requirement is real estate valuation. Today, the important real estate properties of Galatasaray are clear. Riva, Florya, Kemerburgaz. The Riva project ends in 2023. Galatasaray has an expectation of revenue from there. If revenue is assured from here, Galatasaray will start breathing a little.”
What about sponsorship negotiations related to other branches?
“There are very strong business people on our board. They have the financial strength and maturity in the areas that Galatasaray needs. I have been in business for 40 years and we are trusted in the business world. In this context, we have very strong sponsors behind us. We do not find it appropriate to explain. We have agreements with all of them. Some of them are for the amateur branches. We have a sponsor who works well in basketball. Last week we had a meeting with Erden Timur to determine the roadmap for us. We must not spoil something that works well in terms of management and style. On the contrary, more We will try to make it go well. We will give a little more importance to electronic sports.”
You said you would work with Cenk Ergün. How about this topic?
“We will help Cenk Ergün to use his accumulated experience, international connections and knowledge of football through the filter of the board of directors within a certain vision and budget. We are in constant contact with Cenk Ergün. However, he I haven’t known Cenk Ergün for a long time. I know him. He is not a new face for our community and for us. Cenk Ergün clearly knows that he has to work within the limits of a budget. There were a lot of coaches and sports people working on a certain budget at Galatasaray in his time. It’s not new. We lived in Lucescu’s time and “Lucescu is one of the coaches who built the best team with limited resources and succeeded. As a result, you will spend as much as you have. This is the requirement. No shrinkage, efficiency is key.
Will you continue with Domenec Torrent?
“If necessary I will speak with Torrent, in fact my friends will speak. The reason for speaking is that Torrent is currently the contracted manager of the club. Therefore, in terms of the relationship, it is essential to protect both the reputation of Galatasaray and the personal reputation of Torrent and his team. Don’t let anyone get burned out. “Galatasaray has suffered a lot recently, he continues to do so. Torrent will certainly do a year-end review. Friends review the year-final report, they give us a presentation and we review our relationship with Torrent. However, as I said before, we don’t have a mid- to long-term plan. Torrent is not in our plans as a person, but as an approach and vision of football.”
Do you know your new coach candidates?
“Our friends are making plans about it. We have a list of possible coaches, but I haven’t spoken to any of them. We don’t have a protocol with any of them. Although some names are mentioned in the press, I can assure you that I haven’t seen those names, I haven’t spoken them. They make an attribution, they create a perception. There’s no such thing.”
“I am a realistic person. I am a person of confidence, they say. We are preparing in the best way. We are in a very difficult process. The opportunities are very limited. We will go through this process together in the best way. Galatasaray has hit rock bottom, he has to come out. Nobody should darken the back of his neck. Let him get through this.” Galatasaray knows it, but I don’t promise anyone to raise the flags, to take out the jerseys, we will be champions next year. But that’s our goal. We will do our best as much as possible. However, we will not be involved in anything that will cause material or moral damage to Galatasaray.
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