Kevin Nolan has been paying tribute to Shola Ameobi.

The former Newcastle striker turned 36 today and his former teammate, now manager, says that Shola has been ‘a fantastic addition to my squad’.

Arriving as a free agent in February Shola Ameobi has now made 25 league appearances for Notts County, after helping them pull away from the relegation zone last season, the one-time NUFC forward has helped them to currently be in second position of League Two.

Nolan says that when Shola told him he was thinking of retiring, his reaction was ‘you’re joking aren’t you?’.

The Notts County boss describes his player as a leader on and off the pitch, somebody who he would want ‘in the trenches’ with him.

Kevin Nolan speaking to the Nottingham Post:

When I rang Shola back in January he told me he was thinking of retiring.

“I said ‘you’re joking aren’t you?’. I said he still had lots and lots to offer and he obviously came here and we got him fit over time.

“We could see the influence he was having on a lot of players not just on the field but off it too.

“He brings that calmness and it wasn’t just about him coming in and scoring goals.

“It was about what he brings defensively and offensively from set-pieces. He is a leader. I’ve been in a dressing room with him before at Newcastle where I was the captain.

“You knew that if you needed somebody in the trenches with you, he’d be one in there and the same with Smudge (Alan Smith).

“When I spoke to him then again in the summer, he was training every single day.

“When you get to 34 and 35, you’d always find those players would always have a day off from the running.

“It would always be their back because you can never prove it is ever a real problem, but Shola’s not like that. He just drives the running on along with Smudge, Jon Stead and so on.

“It’s been absolutely brilliant. Shola is one of those players in the dressing room who not only demands respect but gives it to everybody else too.

“He’s been a fantastic addition to my squad.”

  • steve pearce

    I’d love to see both Kevin Nolan and Wor Shola managing our club one day. Two Makem Slayers – especially Kevin with his hat trick in that magnificent 5-0 thrashing when Chris Hughton was in charge. But that sadly may never happen so I’l just pay tribute to them and wish them all the best!

    • Leazes Ender


    • anyobrien

      It was 5.1

    • toonterrier

      Liked Nolan. When he played he drove the bus. Shola was a passenger who didn’t pay his fare.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Liked Nolan,29 goals in 85 appearances from a midfielder.Should have played internationally if any England manager had had the bottle to leave out the undroppables Gerrard or Lampard.

  • Rich Lawson

    No he is not a leader and has he actually scored this season for the division front runners ?

  • wheyayeman

    We used to laugh at Shola because he spent his entire career without being prolific and now we have… Perez !! Now there’s a lad whose shot strength is a miracle, even though I’m sure he tries to whack it at goal, the ball travels so slow the keeper has time to go AWOL, shake hands with everyone in the ground before comfortably making it back in time to make the save. I wouldn’t mind giving Shola a go at no 10 even now, it’s that bad! Perez is the anti-shearer if ever there was one.

    • toonterrier

      Play Shola at No 10 now. Time to change your medication.

      • wheyayeman

        I kid of course I wouldn’t just highlighting how ineffective our current no 10 is.