Good interview by the Shields Gazette and chief Newcastle reporter Miles Starforth today, with our Cameroon midfielder Geremi.
Geremi – plays for Cameroon on Saturday against Tanzania
Geremi will be playing again for Cameroon against Tanzania in a World Cup qualifier in Yaounde on Saturday in the last of their four summer internationals.
Geremi had a first tough season at Newcastle, but eventually came through great at the end for new manager Kevin Keegan,
Geremi had to confront some disappointment at the start of his Newcastle career, and the popular midfielder had the captaincy taken away from him by Sam Allardyce, just before Sam was sacked.
But it’s a signal of Geremi’s great strength of character, that he did not let that get to him, and played well at the African Nations Cup in January, where he was so impressive for Cameroon.
As soon as he got back to Newcastle, Kevin had him playing in right midfield for the Magpies, and he looked great.
And Kevin Keegan has liked what he has seen, and it’s not only the pitch that Kevin is impressed with the irrepressible former Chelsea player.
Geremi said today:
“The manager says I smile a lot, and this is especially true when we get results,”
“You cannot put a price on it when you have fought, and got a result.”
“You remember we had a bad period, and it was very difficult.”
“We tried to work hard, but it’s not easy for any footballer when you play and work hard but at the end of the day, you don’t have a result.”
“Now, even when we are not playing very well, we have a good spirit, and it has helped us, and we can have confidence for next season.”
It says something that when he left Chelsea last summer, then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho paid a glowing tribute to his former player and said:
â€œClaudio (Pizarro) has No14 and that means a lot in our family.”
“That’s because that number was Geremi’s, who was an important person and somebody we love very much,â€
â€œHe is somebody we miss very much and we wish him huge success and happiness in Newcastle.”
Nice touch from Jose, and Newcastle started to see just how good Geremi can be at the end of last season.
He’s certainly a huge influence in the dressing room, and also with our younger players, because of his massive experience.