SholaAmeobi2Only two days ago, Alan Pardew stated categorically that Shola wouldn’t be attending the African Cup Of Nations;

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

(The implications of Alan Pardew’s quote were covered in \’Final Confirmation Of Ba\’s Departure?\’ by one of our writers)

No doubt many of us would have seen the next step coming, especially following the fiasco surrounding Papiss Cisse’s non-participation in our Swansea defeat, when Senegal disputed Newcastle’s version of events following the player missing a friendly.

Nigeria are insisting that no agreement has been reached with Newcastle United and that Shola will be expected to turn up for the provisional squad get together in early January.

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Nigerian coach, Stephen Keshi, has said the following in a statement released by the Super Eagles spokesman, Ben Alaiya;

“I never entered into any deal with any manager and will not because the two (Daniel Shittu of Millwall is the other player where there is a dispute) players in question are international stars and the rules are very clear about when they should be released for international assignments if their country so desires them”.

It is therefore claimed that Nigeria are insisting that Newcastle and Millwall were written to on time and that they must release the players as and when due.

We’ll obviously have to wait and see what the next move is but at the minute it appears very likely Shola could be unavailable for over a month, as to what happens with Demba Ba in January then that is similarly up in the air.

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15 comments
Mal44
Mal44

So John, after his very good game against WBA why did you drop him for the QPR game and play Raylor in midfield who had been well below par for weeks?

Gordonthetoony
Gordonthetoony

Isn't that part of the problem with Anita. They play him everywhere and never give him a run in a settled position. He did have an excellent game and his work rate in chasing and putting opposition under pressure was immense.

Stephen McMenzie
Stephen McMenzie

He was absolutely brilliant yesterday, if it wasn't for Jonas he would have been MOTM easily.

Toon161070
Toon161070

Anita, and others mind you, have been terrible this season. Carver is blind. 

Alltomuch
Alltomuch

It was plain to see the body language of willo, guttez as when celebrating ignored him.

Just shows the egotistical prate lost the changing room

GeoffreyRDixon
GeoffreyRDixon

About time,one swallow and all that,next Cabella to perform ???

Simon Sharp
Simon Sharp

Carver can get the best out of Anita. Pardew can't. Interesting.

amacdee
amacdee

You know I just have this nagging feeling that the last two clueless numpties havent had an ounce of tactical nous between them. Could a clever, intuitive, tactically aware manager get the best from wor Vurn ?

Sickandtiredstill
Sickandtiredstill

@amacdee Ajax Technical Director said he was amazed we signed him and he wouldn't have gotten a seat on their bench. On his showing here I would have no reason to disagree

Ben Jefferson
Ben Jefferson

Aye coz he prob wakes up every morning thinking hes dreaming getting paid to play football

toonterrier
toonterrier

Well that's handy. If we sell Tim Krul we have a ready made goalie to take his place. That'll save Ashley a few quid. Anita had a great game yesterday which makes it his second decent one this year. The lad seems to have the skill so why hasn't he shown it before. Could it have something to do with the poor coaching or maybe Carver had a quiet word with him during the week in his office and gave his confidence a boost. Cant wait to see who they ship out and which donkeys we get saddled with next season.

Steven Fox
Steven Fox

And he is usually shite in all those positions.

1957
1957

I suppose this is all in response to Carver's positive motivation!