Less than two weeks ago, Ndubuisi Egbo made history by winning the Albanian League to become the first African to win a league shield with European side, another Nigerian has taken a cue from the Aba born coach as Edward John Ikem Newton led Tranzonzpor of Turkey to the Turkish FA cup glory to become the first African coach to win FA cup with European side.
The English Nigerian, led Trabzonspor of Turkey to the Turkish FA cup on Wednesday when Trabzonspor defeated Alanyaspor 2-0 to land the Turkish side her first trophy in ten years.
He joined the club midway into the season when he left Chelsea in February where he works as an assistant manager to Frank Lampard.
Then he works as an assistant to the then Trabzonspor’s coach, Hüseyin Çimşir, but as providence will have it the coach was fired for failing to win the league.
The mantle fell on Newton barely a week to the final of the FA cup and he didn’t disappoint his admirers despite the fact he didn’t have the luxury of Mikel Obi and Daniel Sturridge both of whom were axed for various reasons from the club before the final day.
Eddie Newton as he is popularly called was born by Nigerian parents in Hammersmith on the 19th of December, 1971.
He played for Chelsea during his days as a professional footballer for nine years where he won the English FA cup in 1997 alongside Celestine Babayaro. In fact, he scored Chelsa’s second goal as they defeated Middlesbrough by 2-0.
He followed it up with another cup victories this time its the UEFA Winners Cup and the English League Cup to highlight his best moments with Chelsea during his 9 years stay ( 1990-1999) at Stanford bridge.
Eddie had brief stints with Cardiff, Birmingham city Barnet and Oxford FC before he called it quit as a professional footballer in 2011.
He started his coaching with Milton Keynes Dons in 2008 as assistant manager, a journey which has seen in that role with West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea and Trabzonspor.
The 49-year coach must have learned a great deal Chelsea having worked with the likes of Roberto Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez, Guus Hiddink and Nigeria’s Mike Emenalo between 2012 and 2019 winning the English FA Cups and the UEFA Champions League.
Winning a trophy just after seven days of appointment as an interim may seem flattery but the feeling is good for his career as he hopes to be confirmed for his full managerial job by the club and build on the good start.