Emre Happy to Stay at Newcastle

Emre has reportedly turned down offers from the two biggest Turkish clubs – Fenebehce and Galatasaray – to stay at Newcastle for next season. One reason he cites is his admiration for new coach Sam Allardyce – plus of course Emre is determined to prove he is not a racist – having gone through a lot of pain last year when he was accused at least twice of racist comments during games.



We believe this is a good sign of what Sam has already told the players already at the club – on what he is trying to accomplish. There is no doubt that Emre is a skilled and good player – but we have not seen the best of him yet at Newcastle. We feel Sam can get the best out of the little Turk – and it seems Emre thinks that way too.

The racist charges against Emre – which dragged on far too long last season and obviously affected both his form on the field and his peace of mind off it – were found to be unproven in March. With training scheduled to start next week this is what Emre had to say:

“I’m very happy in England and I’m not thinking about leaving Newcastle,” “I know all the Turkish newspapers will write my name in their headlines during the transfer window. But although I have received serious offers from Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe, I want to continue my career in England.

“The Premier League is famous all over the world and that’s why I wanted to move there.

I will stay at Newcastle. I have great respect for Sam Allardyce, the new coach.”

With Emre being an attacking midfielder he will have to fight it out with Joey Barton for an attacking central midfield position. It’s going to be interesting as we bring in new players – what the make-up of the team will look like as we get closer to the league kick off on August 11th.

It is also being reported that Allardyce is behind in his rebuilding program at Newcastle – having so far only brought in a defender (Rozehnal – signing Wednesday now), midfielder Joey Barton and striker Mark Viduka. More players may be brought in this week – but the retention of Emre we feel is a good move for the squad.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Soren

    Jun 25, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #1

    He will be great next season! He has passion/agression and he’s a good tackler, he’s going to be our new terrier along with Barton and Butt.

  • Greg B

    Jun 25, 2007 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #2

    I personally think this is great news. I rate Emre very highly and while we maybe havent seen the very best from him, the fact that he has come out and said he wants to play for Newcastle is very encouraging.
    For me he is one of our better players and with a bit of consistancy I can see Emre having a good season and playing a big part in Allardyce’s plans.
    What makes it more encouraging is the fact that the club, mainly Roeder,stuck by him last season and whilst Roeder has moved on Emre, apparently with offers on the table, has chosen to show his loyalty and commit to Newcastle.

    Now its Owens turn to come out and do the same………..

  • nightfall

    Jun 25, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #3

    i personally don’t think we need him…perfect scenario would be to exchange him for s.appiah (with fenerbahce)…’cos we’re short on defensive midfielders…we have more then enough attacking midfielders…

  • nightfall

    Jun 25, 2007 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #4

    AML: luque, duff
    AMC: barton, emre, dyer, n’zogbia
    AMR: solano, milner
    DMC: butt, _?

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 25, 2007 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #5

    nightfall – maybe that’s where Sam will want to play Alan Smith – at DM.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 25, 2007 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Derek Boateng has also been mentioned but believe he is attacking midfield.

  • Keep Oba

    Jun 25, 2007 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #7

    I like Emre


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