Former Newcastle midfielder, EmreBelozoglu, has returned to one of his favourite subjects.
The 37 year old is still playing league football in Turkey but has never forgotten how bad it was to play under Sam Allardyce over 10 years ago.
Back in December 2016, Emre said he was amazed that England ever gave Sam Allardyce the manager’s job – but he was not surprised at the ‘scandal’ that led to Fat Sam being sacked by England (read below).
However, after his countryman Cenk Tosun signed for Everton, the one-time Newcastle player once against couldn’t resist getting a dig in.
Emre says he is ‘really happy’ for Cenk Tosun getting his chance in the Premier League after Everton paid a reported £27m for the striker.
However he adds ‘His biggest misfortune I would say, is Sam Allardyce, who was my coach at Newcastle United.’
Emre speaking to Tivibu Spor:
“I am really happy for Cenk Tosun.
“I feel it’s easier for Turkish players to go and play abroad now than it was in our time.
“Cenk is really professional, he just wants to constantly improve himself.
“The football in England is physical but Cenk Tosun’s finishing is top class.
“His biggest misfortune I would say, is Sam Allardyce, who was my coach at Newcastle United.
“Allardyce lets his striker feel alone on pitch and his system can’t really provide for his team’s striker.”
The Mag – 5 December 2016:
Emre Belozoglu 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.”