Shola Ameobi Interview Sums Up The Mess Newcastle United Are In
This morning we had media quotes from [intlink id=”42137″ type=”post”]Shola stating he expected talks on a possible new contract[/intlink] at the end of this season, then this afternoon a Shola Ameobi interview was broadcast on Radio Newcastle which didn’t appear to do Mike Ashley many favours.
Bearing in mind that no interview with a player happens without the agreement of the club (apart from seemingly when our foreign players are allowed to go home and often make headlines via the translation), you can only assume that Newcastle United were happy for the following to go out.
“We have limited resources at the minute and when we lose one or two key players it hurts the team badly.
“That’s what the manager’s had to put up with and it’s something the club have to put right for next season.
“We need quality players and a quality squad, this has been brought out to a lot of people now, but the players knew that – I think the fans are getting to see that now.
“It has been a tough month and a half for us and there’ have been a few frictions in the dressing room which you get everywhere – but we are all trying to pull in the same direction, both players and staff.
“It’s been a tough month and a half for us,” he said. “There have been a few frictions in there, which you get in every dressing room. But we’re all trying to pull in the same direction, players and staff.”
“The fans showed their frustration at the end of the (Swansea) game and that is fair enough – it is not good enough on our part.
“It is down to us as players, the manager puts the team out that he thinks is capable of winning and it the players who have let him down.”
The interview sees Shola sticking up for Pardew but in the process he appears to quite clearly be pointing the finger at Mike Ashley and his lack of investment in the squad, which has brought the problems the team have experienced since Christmas.
Alan Pardew said something close to this weeks ago when he talked of major squad rebuilding needed, only to then be brought into line by Ashley and went back on that statement by repeating the official club line of only one or two needed. Words which Ashley also had attributed to new Managing Director Lee Charnley a couple of weeks ago.
To say that the club is a free for all and chaos rules would be understatement of the year/decade, there is zero leadership throughout Newcastle United and little wonder that conflicting messages regularly come out of the club with only one common theme – they sum up what an embarrassment the club has been turned into by Mike Ashley.
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