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The traditional powerhouses of Turkish football have struggled this season in the bottom half of the table but they hope that the good times will return with a new president.

Turkish giants Galatasaray have announced the election of a new chairman after an extraordinary general meeting was convened. Unal Aysal has been chosen to lead the club after he beat off two rival candidates for the post.

Aysal picked up 2998 of the 4017 votes cast to win the biggest majority in the 106-year history of the Istanbul-based club, who recently waved goodbye to their famous Ali Sami Yen stadium.  Turgay Kiran came a distant second with 573 votes, while Mehmet Helvaci amassed just 397.

There were a number of issues that arose during the election campaign such as the role of the club within the wider community and the current status of the team, who are struggling in the bottom half of the table this term.

Aysal, who becomes the 34th chairman of the club, is rumored to be looking at appointing either Fatih Terim or Eric Gerets as the new head coach, both of whom have done the job before.

Although in no danger of relegation, Galatasaray are sixth from bottom in the Turkish league with two matches to play on a mere 40 points from 32 games. Bitter rivals Fenerbahce are tied at the top with Trabzonspor, while Besiktas defeated Galatasaray 2-0 in the derby last weekend.

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