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By ESPN Staff

Turkey's Terim changes mind over resigning

ISTANBUL, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Turkey coach Fatih Terim wants to remain in charge of the national side after meeting the football federation's new chairman, media reports said on Tuesday.

Terim had reportedly offered his resignation after the federation elected Haluk Ulusoy earlier this month.

State-run Anatolian news agency quoted Terim as saying he would continue in his role after meeting Ulusoy on Monday.

'It was a very nice atmosphere. We did not go into much detail. Mr Ulusoy said he wants 100 percent to work together. I thanked him. We will continue together,' Terim said.

Neither the federation nor Terim were immediately available for comment but Turkish newspapers carried similar reports.

Separately, the Ajansspor website reported Ulusoy as saying the two shared the same views.

'It became clear in our talk that we do not differ in our opinions. That pleased me,' said Ulusoy, who was re-elected to a post he previously held between 1997-2004.

'I will present Fatih (Terim's) aims, ideas and views to the board and in our first board meeting we will make our decision,' he added.

Terim began his second spell as Turkey coach last June after a nine-year gap but failed to steer the side to this year's World Cup finals.

He previously coached Turkey, who reached the 2002 World Cup semi-finals, between 1993 and 1996 when he steered the side to the Euro 96 finals before resigning.

Known as the 'emperor' in Turkey, he won the UEFA Cup with Galatasaray in 2000 when the club became the first Turkish team to clinch a European title.