Kevin Keegan Sticks By Emre


We have good reason to believe that Kevin Keegan has high hopes of bringing out the very best of our Turkey star, Emre.

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Emre – Kevin backs him, and he will be repaid by the Turk

Even though Emre had been injured since early February, Kevin Keegan still made the gesture of allowing the Turk to leave early to join up with the Turkish squad.

Kevin knew very well that Emre was excited about being part of the Euro 2008 tournament, which is not surprising for the player.

Kevin talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“I just felt that for Emre to play one game for us, at that intensity in the Premier League, and risk getting injured before Euro 2008, wouldn’t be right.”

“He probably would have been on the bench at Goodison anyway.”

“Turkey have a training camp and it was my decision, not his, to let him go off and join them.”

“When I was aware the other Turkish players were meeting, I said: ‘If I don’t use you in the game before – which was Chelsea – in any way, then you can go’.”

“I’ve kept my promise to him, and I think that’s right.”

“Had he gone to Everton and pulled a hamstring, or whatever, and been robbed of playing for his country in Euro 2008.”

“I think that would have been wrong, bearing in mind he hadn’t been in the side.”

Just a great gesture by Kevin, and he will be rewarded by Emre’s commitment next season, we’re sure of that.

Remember, what goes around comes around.

Emre managed just two starts for Newcastle under Keegan and, while there is talk of him going back to Turkey, as we’ve said many times, Keegan is keen to keep him at the club.

It turns out that Emre and David Rozehnal are Newcastle’s only players in the Euro 2008 finals, which start on June 7, unless we can sign somebody before then.

Like Arda Turan, as just one example. 😀

Comments welcome.



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101 comments so far

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 20, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #1

    VELOSO!!!

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  • Leo

    May 20, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #2

    keegan is such a great man manager, the fact that he is able to let him sit a couple games out because the games werent too important great manager

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  • NUFCFAN

    May 20, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Gomis!!

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  • Ian

    May 20, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #4

    I like Emre’s character, he is exciting sometimes to watch but he is very injury prone, and not usually due to heavy tackles. Keegan knows the score though and Emre didnt cost a lot.

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  • THELONGSHANKS

    May 20, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Any news on turan,have we actually put an 11m bid in?

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  • ELFER

    May 20, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #6

    yes, GOMIS! Get him!

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  • seetow

    May 20, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #7

    ZIGIC! PLEASE ZIGIC. PLEASE! tom toon ought to enlighten you all to zigic. hahahahah

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 20, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #8

    VELOSO!PLEASE PLEASE!

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  • Az

    May 20, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #9

    I can’t beleive we have only got 2 players in the euro 2008 tournament!!!

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  • Az

    May 20, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #10

    VELOSO PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Graeme

    May 20, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Emre has done absolutely nothing at NUFC other than pick up his wages, play for Turkey and then go sick. He is a waste of space, of time and money.

    Get rid while he has some value and use his fee and his salary towards someone who wants to play every week.

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  • Pete

    May 20, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Shut up about bluddy veloso

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  • Toonsolja (in london :( )

    May 20, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #13

    VDV!!!! please lol

    p.s is that trophy manager game any good.

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  • spen27

    May 20, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #14

    flash the cash ash!

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  • NUFCFAN

    May 20, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #15

    VELUSO, GOMIS!!

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  • THELONGSHANKS

    May 20, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #16

    VDV and veleso! there are alot people on this site smoking crack.Sure why not put sergio aguero,messi and kaka in there aswell.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 20, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #17

    any more links anybody to any transfers? apart from that mark boufassa (sp) has signd a new contract, i dont think we wer after him anyway

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 20, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #18

    we have bid for veloso you knob

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  • THELONGSHANKS

    May 20, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #19

    utd,arsenal and most likely liverpool not to mention the giant clubs of italy and spain are tracking veleso.So how we gonna get him here.Would love it if he signed but wont be holding my breath on this one.mbia chap sounds more likely.

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  • NUFCFAN

    May 20, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Mike Ashely is talking about wanting to do the arsenal and sign players for a resale value does that mean that we wont enter the bidding to sign high profile players like arsenal.

    Arsenal never spend big money, they spend small on very unknown players apart from the odd few.

    Does this mean that Ashely wont give cash for players who are actually going to struggle to be worth more than there current value such as Turan.

    As its normally the main three/four european countries where the biggest bids get landed on players being; No1 England, N02 France, No3 Italy, No4 Spain.

    This is a bit of a generalisation i know but still feel that its valid

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  • Bill F

    May 20, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #21

    Emre, I remember we had a player by that is he still with us.

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  • THELONGSHANKS

    May 20, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #22

    NUFC FAN i think that relates to the likes of soderberg,zamberla and tozer cuz if he sells any of them he is more likely to make profit with minimum loss iff it back fires.If we sign turan he is def one for the future;

    (probable midfield for the future)milner,nzogbia,lua lua,turan-NICE!

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  • Mehzeb

    May 20, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #23

    GeordieG7… where did you hear that we bid for Veloso? LOLZ. Link please.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 20, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #24

    he said he wants young superstars. who do you all want to win tommorow? i have a tener on 2-1 chels ballack to score at 85-1. but im not too bothred who wins it

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 20, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #25

    just type in miguel veloso to newcastle and it will tell you on one of the articles there

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  • Rem

    May 20, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Emre even doesnt want to go back to Turkey anyway. Well not at this point in his career.

    By the way does anyone know that his agent or assistant or something owns a Turkish resturant down on the Qauyside.

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  • joe

    May 20, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #27

    HAHA thelongshanks!! A midfield like that would be overun even if we play derby!!!

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 20, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #28

    joe- he said for the future

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  • THELONGSHANKS

    May 20, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #29

    Joe only if we try to contain them allardyce style! haha 🙂

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  • Steven1979

    May 20, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #30

    i think that our medical and training staff is unsuccessfull..we had too much injuries this year..its not normal..and EMRE we couldnt use him anyway.the most creative player of our squad..always injury problems,diffucult to understand..i still have a great hope from him with KK..in EURO we will see how he really is with a good manager..

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  • OzZyMagpiE

    May 20, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #31

    any turkish chaps ova here??? updates wud be nice…. plus if u have a savings account pass us the number.. we’ll raise some money n u can pass it to turan’s agent… how abt it?

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  • Leo

    May 20, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #32

    funny thing is i was playing football the other week and 5 of the people playing were turkish lol. good lads like, good footballers too, i should have got them to keep an eye out for quotes to translate for us… i will see them on sunday too so maybe i will prints some stuff out haha

    also the other night i had a sandwich made with turkey and while eating it i heard ssn talking about him and newcastle etc… it must be a sign haha

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 20, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #33

    been a v busy day for news and its only just turned 4. hopefully tonight brings more

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 20, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #34

    leo- i have a couple of turkish lads in my footy team, i will see them when we head off to butlins this weekned for our fines night, and yeah they are fairly good players too. one of them has a turan 66 shirt he wears to training and thinks he is qaulity, i also was speaking to a turkish fella in the kebab shop on saturday night and he was saying he will be better than hagi, and he was a bloody fenner fan. so he must be class.

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  • Zhun

    May 20, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #35

    G.gerald-can i hav the source pls?

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 20, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #36

    tomato? mustard?

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 20, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #37

    Reported Newcastle target Bafetimbi Gomis will be staying at St Etienne for at least one more year, according to club co-president Roland Romeyer.

    The striker had attracted admiring glances from several Premier League clubs after netting an impressive 16 goals in 35 games in Ligue 1 last season.

    But Romeyer insists the forward, who has also been linked with a big-money move to French giants Marseille, will be staying at St Etienne before heading to England.

    Romeyer said in L’Equipe: “He is untransferable. Even if Marseille came in with three lorries full of banknotes, he would not leave.

    “He is ready to stay one more year with us before leaving to play in England.”

    Meanwhile, St Etienne have also completed a deal for Japan midfielder Daisuke Matsui.

    The 24-year-old joins from Le Mans and is now looking forward to testing himself in the Uefa Cup.

    He said: “I’d like to develop my game by playing with various teams and various players in European competition.”

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  • Eric

    May 20, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #38

    I think, that if KK is sticking by Emre, that the situation may be used to entice Turan to NUFC. So it looks like Emre is in KK’s plans but not those of the Star and the rest of the press. Well, well, what’s new? Anybody know which jail Joey has gone to? He must be on his way by now. Or will some lawyer pull a fast one and appeal him out on bail? There’s a few London based players who should be in with him in my opinion.

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  • gas fan down under

    May 20, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #39

    Turkish media reporting that gala will let arda go for 11 million pounds but state that newcastle has not put in a bid. Whilst gala desperatly wants emre back emre does not want to go back to turkey at this stage of his career. Emre is pure class but has underacheived in England. My advise to Keegan is to play Emre further forward behind the strikers as a playmaker. Hagi always said that emre will be the best number 10 in the world.
    Emre is Arda’s hero they are room mates whilst on international duty (as they are now) so I expect that emre’s influence over arda will be a major factor should arda choose to go to Newcatle.

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 20, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #40

    Thank fook for that. 6 hours of exams over 🙂

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