Emre Hints "I'm On My Way In Summer"

Last updated : 24 March 2006 By Footy Mad - Editor

However, rumours still circulate that he is set for a return to Italy in the summer. And with a permanent successor to both Souness and Alan Shearer still to be found, the club's board face some difficult decisions before the Premiership resumes in August.

Emre: "This season has not been what I expected. When I came here in the summer we were expecting to challenge for a European place but, because of the terrible injuries we had at the start of the season, that has not been possible.

"The manager who signed me has gone and we do not have any chance of winning a trophy this season, it has been a difficult season. I cannot say for certain if I will still be a Newcastle player next season, but I am happy here. It is a good club, I like the supporters and I am settled in the area.

"But you can never be certain about anything in football. I will have to see what happens in the summer. It depends on who the new manager is and the new players who are signed. That will make my decision.

"There are good signs. If you look at the performance and not the result against Chelsea, we did very well despite not having our strongest side on the pitch. I think there is a good group of players here, but the squad needs to be strengthened in the summer. I cannot say how many players the club should buy. That is not up to me, that is for the chairman and the new manager to decide.

"But we do need to bring in new people in certain areas and that will be very important in the summer as the club has to show it is ambitious.

"I like Glenn Roeder and I am happy with him as manager. I would like him to get the job, but that is also not up to me, that is up to the chairman. Only he can make that sort of decision.

"I respected the manager's decision to leave me out, I respect him and there is no problem. He made his decision for the team."