Temuri Ketsbaia

Where is Temuri Ketsbaia now?

A fan’s favourite on Tyneside, Temuri Ketsbaia is possibly remembered most for his outrageously aggressive outburst when he kicked the advertising hoardings after scoring a goal for the Magpies.



After spells at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Dundee, Ketsbaia moved to Cypriot club Anorthosis in 2002 in a player-coach capacity.

He was then given the player-manager’s job two years later.

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As manager, Ketsbaia transformed the fortunes of the team leading them to the Cypriot Championship and Champions League qualification during his tenure.

Temuri Ketsbaia finally retired playing in 2007 and stayed at Anorthosis for a further two years as manager before leaving the club to join Olympiacos of Greece.

Things did not go well at the Greek club and criticism from the club’s supporters resulted in Ketsbaia leaving after only six games.

Ketsbaia was only out of a job for a couple of months because in 2009 he was offered the managerial post of the Georgian national side with whom he represented on 49 occasions as a player.

In November 2014 Temuri Ketsbaia resigned from his post after a terrible Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Ketsbaia was back in management in August 2015 when he joined reiging Cypriot champions APOEL FC.

Unfortunately his reign only lasted until April 2016 and he left the club by mutual consent despite his team topping the table by four points with only four games to go.

He wasn’t out of football for long as 2 months later Ketsbaia was appointed in his current role as head coach of Greek side AEK Athens.

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Temuri Ketsbaia: Premier League Statistics

NationalityGeorgian
PositionMidfielder
Appearances78
Goals8
Yellow Cards6
Red Cards0
Premier League Teams Played forNewcastle United

Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com

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