Tugay

Where is Tugay now?

Legendary Blackburn Rovers midfielder Tugay retired from playing in 2009 in a game against West Bromwich Albion to rapturous applause from 29,000 fans from both teams. 

Over his 22-year career, Tugay racked up nearly 600 first-team appearances for Galatasaray, Rangers and Blackburn.

Winning every trophy on numerous occasions whilst playing in Turkey, he also won the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Cup during his time at Rangers.

Tugay was also a mainstay of the Turkey national side for 17 years winning 94 caps and representing them in the 1996 and 2000 UEFA European Championships and the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals. 

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Upon retiring from playing he briefly took on a coaching role at Manchester City under Mark Hughes before returning to his native Turkey to take on the role of co-ordinator for the Galatasaray youth academy.

In 2013 he was appointed assistant manager at Galatasaray working alongside manager Roberto Mancini.

Despite winning the Turkish Cup and finishing second in the league they were both relieved of their duties in May 2014.

In November 2015, he was appointed as manager of Turkish second division side Sanliurfaspor but left in April 2016 by mutual agreement after disappointing results in the league.

He now lives a quiet life outside of football with no immediate plans to make a return.

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Tugay: Premier League Statistics

NationalityTurkish
PositionMidfielder
Appearances233
Goals10
Yellow Cards41
Red Cards5
Premier League Teams Played forBlackburn Rovers

Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com