In a surprise move, Alan Pardew has announced that he’s put the block on Shola Ameobi’s participation at the African Cup Of Nations.

Tomorrow the list of Nigeria’s foreign based players selected for the preliminary camp in early January is due to be announced and the Nigerian coach had strongly hinted that Shola would be on it.

However, Alan Pardew had this to say today;

“Shola won’t be going. The national team manager knows the reasons, which I am keeping to myself”.

Personally, I don’t think Shola should ever have been going considering the season we are having.

However, if it was simply a case of not wanting to be down to only two strikers (Ba & Cisse) for a month or more then why let the charade go on this long?

With Alan Pardew not willing to elaborate on the decision it surely can only point to the very likely scenario of Demba Ba leaving in January and so Newcastle United having only Cisse and Shola available for part of, or the whole of, February.

HMV_Best_Of_2012_The_MagWith the added fear that it could stay that way to the end of the season.

After the Andy Carroll sale, and no replacement in that particular transfer window, then we can’t discount it totally.

Yes this is all speculation but Alan Pardew started it!

If Ba does leave then I’d be gutted but if it comes to pass then a quick replacement is an absolute must. The rumours of Marseille’s Remy arriving very early in January could have a bit more substance now.

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32 comments
GToon
GToon

He makes you have to be a member to get an away ticket.

He's starting to force people to become members to watch more and more home games.

He always sells our best players.

He never reinvests the money gained from sales.

He doesn't speak to the fans.

He wants to sell the land and hence any chance of expanding the ground to make money.

He will dither over the appointment of our next manager and then use that as an excuse as to why we wont buy anybody come the start of next season. 


DavidDrape
DavidDrape

Brilliant Chris. I could add a lot more starting with away ticket issues to start with

Gary Linney
Gary Linney

Let's make the boycott the beginning of the rebellion... I hope the Toon Army is 'big enough' to retaliate against fatboy & his regime who are slowly killing everything that is NUFC! Everything he has done and is doing to the club has been an embarrassment & it has to be stopped! Those who continue, as paying customers, to line his pockets then you are SUPPORTING what HE is doing to NUFC. Howay, let's be honest - It's not as though the team are playing for their lives... most of them are journeymen, already eyeing up a move anyhoo! How many of them can you see as iconic heroes in the future? WE MUST BE UNITED AND BOYCOTT... and why not for the rest of the season?

DavidDrape
DavidDrape

agree Gary: will the better players want to leave in all this turmoil (club going nowhere) - you bet they will. Will new above average players want to come in - no way.

newcastle7
newcastle7

Will stop at the first comment as do not want to waste half hour replying.

The club had not paid for transfers some bought four years earlier.We were a mess the credit

card bills maxed in short bankrupt on paper.Interest bills ran into millions.

The sponsorshp money had all been used we were robbing Peter to pay Paul we had not a pot to piss in.

Ollie Burtons Grandad
Ollie Burtons Grandad

@newcastle7 Just piss off man, its so obvious you work for SD and are posting utter shite for the Fatman. Either that or you truely are a total f*ckwit

Ashley Out!

GToon
GToon

@newcastle7 Aye and the football was great, the players gave their all and we competed in everything and went close to winning a trophy a few times. Wish i had known we were in such financial trouble, i wouldn't have enjoyed the games half as much. Oh no sorry, i'm lying, it wouldn't have made any difference at all!! 

Sickandtiredstill
Sickandtiredstill

@newcastle7 Oh Simon. Are you going to campaign forever for Ashley, from the seat H&S built for you? There is extreme irony in that if you had the smarts to understand it.


Why oh why did you protest against McKeag, yet tell people they shouldn't now do the same against Ashley? I guess when you were younger you actually possessed some bollix?


The only person to ever state the Club 'may' have gone into Administration was Ashley himself.  There is not a shred of factual evidence to support that. You and your like just keep spinning the line Ashley wants everyone to believe, because you don't have the brain cells to believe otherwise.


He's a multi Billionaire, and he got there by screwing over every business which feeds the SD profit margin. That;s what you are now a supporter of.  A feeder Club to SD profit..



jonnyehall_
jonnyehall_

@TaylorandBesty i laughed at "Mike Ashley hired Joe Kinnear. Mike Ashley hired Joe Kinnear again" then remembered it :(

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

51. He supports Spurs

52. He blew quarter of a million of the club's money (Andy Carrolls fee) in Aspers in one night..... bet that doesn't show up in the accounts Mr, Deloitte.

53. He appointed Sodexo the prison catering firm.... appalling 

54. He plastered his company over the stadium denying the club its own revenue

55. He got a job lot of TV screens half the bloody size of the old ones, and used half the screen as advertising..... and coupled it with a Bose sound system?

56. He put Shirts for sale in the club shop at £10 more than S****** D***** and said 'lets see if they boycott me now'!

57. Spending money on Rangers whilst starving United

58. Allowing Lee Ryder back inside

59. Banning NUST because they dared to ask questions on the clubs 'debt'

60. Binning NUFC memorabilia


B1GSTEVE
B1GSTEVE

@LeazesEnder

He promised to put 20 Million  a Year out of his own pocket into the club for transfers when he first took over

He said in court he paid for Gonzalez to get first choice of young south american players, well they should be old enough for our first team by now

mentalman
mentalman

@bernymatthews 

And thats a reason to boycott 

 

NottsToon
NottsToon

Also this needs adding to the list...


Mike Ashley is single handedly responsible for clothing an entire generation of chavs in Lonsdale and Donnay.

NottsToon
NottsToon

Great list, not sure that all 50 reasons are directly attributable to Mike Ashley but they certainly are to people he has employed and entrusted to run what used to be Newcastle United, and are therefore more than able to be included as part of his f*** up.