The disastrous eight month reign of Sam Allardyce at St James Park is something no Newcastle fan looks back on with any fondness.
The same appears to go for many of the players who were around then, though not many are willing to be quite so outspoken about it as Emre Belozoglu.
The Turkish international only started five Premier League matches during the Sam Allardyce short-lived (but still far too long) era at Newcastle and doesn’t have anything good to say about his former boss.
Interviewed in Turkey, the former Newcastle midfielder has been asked about the decision by the FA to appoint Sam Allardyce earlier this year.
Emre says that he was amazed by the decision to give Sam Allardyce the job but added, that he wasn’t surprised at the subsequent scandal and sacking.
The former Newcastle player saying Allardyce was a ‘really bad coach’ and that whilst he as a player ‘had no secrets’, he claimed the one-time NUFC manager did.
Emre was signed by Graeme Souness in July 2005 and flattered to deceive, scoring a few top quality goals which perhaps showed what he was capable of, if he could have been bothered. The highlight would have to be the long range free-kick which was the winner against Sunderland in a 3-2 victory at St James Park.
Sam Allardyce left Emre out of what proved to be his final match at Newcastle, an appalling negative 0-0 FA Cup bore draw at Stoke, who were a division lower at the time.
On the day it was revealed Kevin Keegan had returned as manager, Emre was brought back into the team for the cup replay against Stoke and with Newcastle one goal up, managed to get himself sent off after 29 minutes.
However, a KK (from the stands) inspired energetic display saw 10 man Newcastle take Stoke apart 4-1.
Keegan though seemed even less impressed with Emre and only gave him one Premier League start in his second spell at the club as manager, Emre then leaving in summer 2008 for Fenerbahce.
Now aged 36, Emre is still playing in Turkey, turning out for Instanbul Basaksehir.
Emre talking to Yeni Safak:
‘Were you surprised when Sam Allardyce, who you have named (previously) as the worst among the co-workers you have worked with, became the head of the English National Team?’
“I was surprised at it…but then I was not surprised at the scandal that was about to happen.
“A really bad coach…relationships, (his) designs (intentions), chewing gum … I had no secrets but he always had walls (secrets) of course.”