Trabzonspor A.?. appoint Raphaël Scott as new boss
Inexperienced English gaffer unveiled as top Turkish club’s new manager.
34-year-old Raphaël Scott, who has spend his twelve years long playing career as a semi-professional in English lower leagues, was introduced to Trabzonspor’s fans and journalists this morning. The club have announced that a one year deal has been agreed and that Scott shares the board’s high ambition.
It will be Raphaël Scott first experience in management.
Following the departure of Mustafa Akçay three weeks ago, Attila Gunes and Carlos Queiroz were widely tipped to fill the vacant role. So Scott’s appointment comes as surprise to most viewers. However Trabzonspor’s director of football Ünal Karaman states that the club have been working on the case for weeks, and they have no doubt that the right choice has been made.
“Raphaël is an incredible tactician. He really loves and lives the game. When he speaks of football you feel the passion as well as the knowledge. And he shares our ambitions. We’ve agreed on all the targets we should set to ourselves this season”
Raphaël Scott ended his career two years ago at his hometown’s club Dartford. Since then he has passed many coaching qualifications and has obtained a continental pro license.
He said: “This is a great opportunity for me – it’s a massive football club in my opinion and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.
“It’s a challenge that’s going to be difficult – wherever you go it’s always difficult – but it’s a challenge that I’m really up for and really excited about.
A very tough league, with some very good clubs which can potentially do very well in European competition. I believe we are one of them.“We are going to play in many competitions and we want to win them all. The board is very ambitious and so am I. I believe this club and the fans deserve more than what they got during the past few seasons.
“I’m really excited about managing in Turkey, it’s an incredible country with some of the best fans in Europe. And it’s a very tough league, there are some very good players and some very good clubs which can potentially do very well in European competition. I believe we are one of them.”
Scott’s playing career started and ended at Dartford. He was a close friend to long standing manager Tony Burman which he describes as a mentor to him.
The former left back also played for Sunday League club Malvern Town FC and in France, his mother’s native country, for amateur clubs Fécamp FC and US Quevilly.
A statement posted on the Trabzonspor A.?. website today said: “Trabzonspor A.?. is pleased to announce the appointment of Raphaël Scott as the club’s new manager on a one-year rolling deal.
“Scott, 34, will experience his first steps as a football manager. Nonetheless he is the holder of a UEFA Pro Licence and the board are fully confident that he will bring back success and glory at the Hüseyin Avni Aker stadium.”