ISTANBUL, May 15 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - French coach Jean Tigana has parted company with Besiktas after the two mutually agreed to terminate his contract, the Turkish club said on Tuesday.
The announcement followed Besiktas's failure to keep up with Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce in the battle for the first division title.
"We thank Mr Tigana for the way he has served the club until now and wish him success in the future," Besiktas said in a brief statement on their Web site (www.bjk.com.tr).
Tigana took charge of Besiktas in October 2005 after a bitter legal battle with his former club Fulham, which he said cost him the chance of taking over as France's national coach.
Going into the last three games, Fenerbahce were five points ahead of second-placed Besiktas. Fenerbahce drew on Sunday, but Besiktas failed to capitalise, losing 3-0 to Bursaspor.
With two matches remaining, they are six points behind Fenerbahce and two ahead of the other major Istanbul club, Galatasaray. Fenerbahce have secured the title because they have a better head-to-head record against Besiktas.
Last week, Besiktas won the Turkey Cup, beating Kayseri Erciyesspor 1-0 after extra-time.