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Newcastle cult hero Temuri Ketsbaia resigns

7 years ago

Sad to hear that Newcastle cult hero Temuri Katsbaia has resigned as manager of Georgia.

The former United midfielder/striker had pledged to resign after Friday’s match against Poland and a four goal home defeat was unlikely to alter his intention.

Disappointed with their qualifying campaign, Ketsbaia had declared his intention to stand aside and with only three points after four games and fifth of sixth in their mini-league, Georgia are looking big longshots to go to France in 2016.

After five years in charge, Temuri Ketsbaia has lasted longer than the vast majority of his managerial equivalents.

Earlier this year, Ketsbaia had this to say about his time at Newcastle;

“I did much better things at Newcastle and people only remember that one!

When you score a goal sometimes there is also disappointment and then you express yourself in the wrong way, it was a bad moment for me.

Even when you score a goal, sometimes bad things can happen and I just lost control.

I wasn’t to forget that incident, nobody let’s me forget it. Every time I come to England or certain other countries, everybody remembers this.

My time in British football was my best as a football player; the pitches, atmosphere, everything is at a high level and that is why everybody wants to go and play in England.

It was for me the best time and I also have good friends, starting with Shay (Given), we played together at Newcastle for three years and still keep in touch.

I have many good things to remember, not just kicking the boards.”

While that image will always come first to mind for neutrals, shortly after signing on at St.James’ Park, Temuri Katsbaia scored the last gasp goal at Croatia Zagreb to put United through to their first ever Champions League group stage and the subsequent meeting with Barcelona.

Enjoy again though that madcap goal celebration below;



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