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Shola Ameobi – Sorry but it is a no from me

6 months ago
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Shola Ameobi has offered his services to Newcastle United.

A number of roles have been advertised at the club’s Academy to help produce the stars of the future and the former player has been linked with them.

Now 37 and seemingly retired from playing after not getting another contract at Notts County, Shola is clearly looking to get into coaching.

The ex-Newcastle striker declaring: ‘There will always be a part of me for Newcastle United if they want me. It’s something I’d love to see where it goes and if I can play a part in helping the club I’m all in.’

I’m sorry but I wouldn’t (love to see where it goes).

No disrespect to Shola Ameobi and he seems a dead canny lad etc but it doesn’t exactly fill you with confidence.

Shola’s comments this season backing Mike Ashley, simply reinforce the feeling that he is desperate for a job with NUFC.

Sadly, it says it all under this regime that whilst Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan have been treat so abysmally, Shola is well in with the Ashley circus.

The Chronicle declaring ‘Ameobi has done it all in a Toon shirt.’

That is everything apart from score goals…

Shola Ameobi spent almost his entire career at Newcastle United, leaving just ahead of turning 33.

He never managed double figures in any Premier League season and in total, scored only 36 PL goals in his entire time in a Newcastle shirt.

Sometimes it is the most unlikely characters who turn out to be the best coaches and managers BUT I wish we had Alan Shearer even coming in just every so often, giving advice to both younger age group and first team, on how to play and strike a ball.

No disrespect to Shola Ameobi but a small minority of fans and the media in particular, have turned him into some kind of supposed cult hero that has no bearing on reality.

The big Shola story was how many contracts he managed to get at Newcastle, to the disbelief of the fanbase. Simply seen as a cheap option by Hall and Shepherd in the later years of their reign and then Mike Ashley more than happy to do the same.

The Academy does of course need a massive shake-up and investment made, with Rafa Benitez given free rein to do as he sees fit (as should happen with every part of the club.

If Shola is the best candidate for any role then fair enough but Newcastle United need the very best, not just who happens to be local and desperate for a job.

The Chronicle:

Shola Ameobi says he will do any job that is asked of him at Newcastle United’s Academy.

The former striker has been linked with one of three new roles at the club’s youth team base…

From scoring vital goals in the Tyne-Wear derbies, netting against Barcelona at the Nou Camp and scoring at against top teams like Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United – not to mention assisting Alan Shearer for his record breaking goal against Portsmouth – Ameobi has done it all in a Toon shirt.

Shola Ameobi:

“There will always be a part of me for Newcastle United if they want me.

“It’s something I’d love to see where it goes and if I can play a part in helping the club I’m all in.”

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