Following Ndubuisi Egbo’s league win in the Albanian topflight, former Chelsea assistant manager, Edward Ikem Newton, on Wednesday, guided Trabzonspor to beat Alanyaspor 2-0 at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium and lift the Turkish Cup, ending the club’s ten-year trophy drought.
Nigerian striker Anthony Nwakaeme – one of Trabzonspor’s outstanding players this term – was an unused substitute but a goal in each half from Abdulkadir Omur and Alexander Sorloth in the 25th and 90th minutes respectively helped the Black Sea Storm to their first trophy since 2010.
A happy ending to the season it is for Trabzonspor, who were challenging for the league title for much of the campaign but, due to a run of terrible results after the coronavirus-enforced break, only finished runners-up to eventual champions Istanbul Basaksehir.
It’s another winners medal in the cabinet of Ikem Newton, who won both the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League in 2012 with Chelsea as assistant manager to Roberto Di Matteo.
He was also assistant Gus Hiddink when the Netherlands tactician was appointed on an interim basis in 2015. He left his role after Hiddink’s tenure but returned when Lampard was appointed as Chelsea’s manager.
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Today I’m writing this message with mixed emotions, I’m leaving Chelsea for a new venture which leaves me in a state of sadness and excitement. Sadness because I’m leaving the club where I have lived most of my life, you have taught me how to become a player, a coach and a man. I would like to thank everyone at Chelsea the board, all the staff for your support in helping me develop over the years, also to the players and fans you have all become my second family to me and I will never forget all the great memories that we have created and shared together. However I have been offered a fantastic opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. Opportunities like this come very rarely and I feel it’s time that I test my self in another environment. Excited because of my new venture in Turkey with Trabzonspor, this is truly a club with intelligent ambition to build the club structures, not only for the immediate future but beyond, this is an exciting time for Trabzonspor, I believe timing is everything in life and I believe this is a great time to be joining this club and I am looking forward to the challenge of the Super Lig along side Hüseyin Çimşir @chelseafc @trabzonspor #süperlig
However, the former England youth international of Nigerian parentage left his position in February to join Trabzonspor as an assistant manager capacity but took over as the caretaker manager after the dismissal of Hüseyin Çimşir.