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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9 comments
DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

I don't think many fans have truly forgotten (or forgave) the incident against Southampton when he launched an all out verbal attack on some away supporters.  Since getting the hot seat full time he has not yet apologised for this either.  I suspect if he had then he would be getting a little more sympathy than he is right now.


however, having said that, I agree with the sentiment that he had the opportunity to do something about the playing squad in January rather than sit back and take it up the arse from the owner in order to look after himself and make sure he got the job.  Well, you make your bed and you lie in it.....and he made his bed in January so he has no right in complaining now about the size or quality of the squad when he refused to say anything when something COULD have been done about it!

stepaylor
stepaylor

Im not against Carver i think he is doing his best. But sadly that will not be enough. We have no leaders, no depth of quality, no ambition from the ownership, no passion now from the fans.


People venting their anger at Carver is wrong. Ashley and his boring guy at the club Penfold are the people who need a slap.


We need a club that talks to the fans, accepts their involvement and makes decisions in the best interests of the teams quality within a framework we can financially afford.


Football clubs should be non profit, community and fan run entities. NOT BUSINESS's the government need to intervene here.

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

@stepaylor it's not so much fan involvement...fans shouldn't really be involved at a day-to-day running of a football club. BUT they SHOULD be taken into consideration, communicated with and given credit for being an important part of any football club (not just ours).  It's the contempt fans are shown that really is bang out of order and shows just how far removed from the reality of football Ashley really is!

GP2
GP2

I agree more with the point of why am I paying to see this rubbish to be honest. If things stay as they are I may well be off to non-league next season for some light refreshment.


If JC has had no influence on how the team was managed then how is he in any way qualified to manage them? As any part of the coaching team you would have a voice on the shape of the squad and an input into what is needed. I accept that his influence on new signings would be nil, but on the shape of the squad and existing players if he is leading the coaching every day then if not he should have gone for not doing his job.


Also, the focus of what I'm saying is NUFC and not the individuals. We have just lost 7 games, so there is something wrong with the squad which could and should have easily been addressed. Keeping a few squad players may have only papered over the gaps but it would have certainly got us a few more points.

wor monga
wor monga

It’s the easiest thing in the world to knock Carver, and the team…but to suggest he had any influence about who could go or stay at the club…is taking it a bit too far, don’t you think…maybe you’d be happier just supporting the Robins, and leave it at that?

Andgeo
Andgeo

If he had any morals or real guts he would not be working for fatty! Money talks...

Sickandtiredstill
Sickandtiredstill

@wor monga If he had or has no influence, then why did he publicly state (and agree) we didn't need any signings in January - and that he is being included in the upcoming Summer plans?

How far are people prepared to go to pass the buck on JC? Sorry, but it's hard to feel sorry for a man so adept at making an ar@e of himself every time he opens his (contradictory) mouth, or indeed with every game played.

He's responsible in his own ways. He's part of the problem, not just a victim of it.


prestondave
prestondave

Why are you paying to watch this shambles.? Dont go simple as that. Whether its home or away they are still crap and still being run by a crap manager. Same sh*t, different ground.