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Liverpool linked as Rijkaard leaves Galatasaray

Frank Rijkaard has left Galatasaray by mutual consent.

The Dutchman, who left Barcelona in summer 2008 and has been linked with the manager's job at Liverpool, was appointed Bulent Korkmaz's successor at the Gala helm on a two-year contract in June 2009, and guided the Istanbul club to a third-place finish in the Turkish Super Lig last term.

But a club statement today read: "As of October 20, 2010, coach Frank Rijkaard and assistant coach Johan Neeskens have left the club by mutual consent."

Gala have had a disappointing start to the season, with fans calling for Rijkaard's departure after a second successive league defeat - 4-2 at home to Ankaragucu.

The former Holland midfielder and his assistant depart with the team in ninth spot in the standings having picked up only 12 points from their opening eight games.

They also failed to reach the group stage of the Europa League, losing their two-legged play-off on away goals to Karpaty Lviv in August.

"Galatasaray thanks Frank Rijkaard for his efforts and work to date, sharing with us his experience and know-how," the club statement added.

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