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Shola Ameobi reveals he is preparing for management

6 years ago

Shola Ameobi is targeting management in the future.

The former Newcastle striker has joined Notts County until the end of the season and once again teamed up with former teammate Kevin Nolan.

With Nolan as Manager and Alan Smith & Adam Campbell also at the club on the playing staff, it now has a strong ex-Newcastle United presence.

Shola Ameobi made his debut for the other Magpies as a late sub in the defeat at Accrington Stanley and will keep his playing contribution as the main focus for the next three months.

However, Shola revealed that when training with Newcastle this season, he has also done ‘a bit of coaching with the academy and the Under 23s’.

Nobody can say for sure who is going to make it but Shola Ameobi believes ‘I think I have the right temperament to be a manager’.

Describing club management as ‘something that I would like to dabble with’, it is an interesting thought as to whether the striker’s laidback style on the pitch will suit the rigours of keeping the discipline with a team/squad of players.

Shola Ameobi says he’s seen plenty managers getting grey hairs ‘very quickly’ after taking their first jobs – the thought of Shola with grey hair is another thing that is a little difficult to imagine.

Good luck though to him in his managerial aspirations and also good luck to the ex-NUFC contingent at Notts County in the remaining games of this season, currently they are only one place and one point above a potential drop into the National League.

Shola Ameobi speaking to the Nottingham Post:

“It (management) is something that I would like to dabble with.

“I am just finishing off my A licence and I have been doing a bit of coaching at Newcastle with the academy and the Under 23s (reserves).

“It is that process you go through which is about learning whether it’s for you.

“I think I have the right temperament to be a manager.

“I’ve seen a few managers over my time and the grey hairs start creeping in very quickly after they start.

“It’s something long-term I am going to have to think about and I am taking those steps now to keep me prepared.”


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