I hold my hands up, I have never gone for this thing of Shola Ameobi supposedly being some sort of Newcastle United cult hero.
He was absolutely hopeless as a player and it was simply embarrassing when Mike Ashley kept giving him an extended contract, as supposedly good news for the fans, after he had once again sold one of our best players and not replaced them.
If you take away a few goals against Sunderland, what are you left with?
A striker who spent pretty much his whole career at Newcastle United, earning millions, yet never ever scored double figures in the Premier League.
He was certainly no Alan Shearer as a player.
He most definitely isn’t any Alan Shearer as a pundit either.
I couldn’t get up to the game today and had to watch it on the box, Shola Ameobi one of the pundits for Sky Sports.
I thought that at the very least it was a positive we had a Newcastle fan on the show…how wrong can you be?
Alan Shearer is intelligent, switched on, knows the score about Newcastle United, is never afraid to speak out and say the right things where Newcastle United are concerned.
Just because you are a brilliant player doesn’t mean you know the score and have a brain, Shearer ticks all boxes.
Peter Beardsley was a brilliant player for Newcastle, Bobby Moncur an excellent player and captain for NUFC, however, they have been a disgrace when it comes to backing up this Mike Ashley regime.
Sadly, it looks like Shola Ameobi is joining their camp.
Talking on Sky Sports today, he actually said the words ‘Credit to Mike Ashley’ when it came to talking about how he ran Newcastle United.
Quite incredible that Shola chooses to compare Newcastle with Aston Villa’s situation (quickly becoming the new Leeds when it comes to apologists), rather than the likes of Huddersfield, Brighton, Fulham, Bournemouth, Everton, Watford, Wolves – all clubs on the up and showing ambition.
Has Shola Ameobi not noticed that Mike Ashley was busy making a £20m+ profit this summer whilst all of these clubs above ad net spends some £50m+ higher than Newcastle?
Is he really so thick that he is taken in by Ashley’s talk of not being able to compete with Man City or Liverpool in the transfer market, rather than the reality of him not being willing to compete with these clubs named above? Seemingly so…
Shola Ameobi talks of Mike Ashley having NUFC debt free…
Conveniently ignoring the £140m+ of debt that Mike Ashley has in there as being owed by the club to him, much of it that was simply the price of buying the club, such as the £50m that was still owed by Newcastle United on the mortgage that paid for the rebuilding of St James Park.
He also says that the one thing Mike Ashley has done is ‘stabilise’ the club, two relegations in the last eight Premier League seasons, a strange kind of stability.
I’m glad I don’t have to watch Shola Ameobi playing for Newcastle United any longer and now I hope I don’t ever see him giving his ‘expert’ punditry ever again…
Shola Ameobi talking on Sky Sports before Tottenham match:
“You look at the amounts of money you need to pay to buy superstars now….Mike Ashley has come out and said he hasn’t got the funds to do that…to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool.
“He is a businessman, and unfortunately for the Newcastle fans, he wants to run his business in a way that is sustainable.
“Credit to Mike Ashley…because you look at the likes of Aston Villa, and these clubs who are struggling financially.
“The one thing that Mike Ashley has done for Newcastle over these last ten years, is to stabilise the club – where the club is running itself and we’ve got no debt.
“That’s credit to Mike Ashley but obviously fans of a football team want to progress year on year, they want to see big players.
“We can be quietly happy with our business…
“I know behind the scenes Rafa Benitez would have been fighting tooth and nail to get the players in but I’m just delighted that we have managed to get seven players in because the squad was light.
“They needed players and Rafa understood that.
“The turmoil will have been there because he will have been screaming to get players in and thankfully it’s happened in the last week or so.”