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Mike Ashley employing Shola Ameobi but Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer are pariahs says it all

1 year ago
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Shola Ameobi was announced by Newcastle United (see below) in a new role last week.

People might say he is a lovely bloke and all that but I have to say it doesn’t look great when Mike Ashley gives him a job.

Considering all the embarrassing things that Shola has said in the past, sticking up for the disgraceful running of the club by the NUFC owner.

Shola Ameobi talking on Sky Sports before the Tottenham match at start of last season – 11 August 2018:

“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.”

Then towards the end of last season, Shola Ameobi was touting himself for a job at the club…

Shola Ameobi – 3 April 2019:

“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.”

How depressing is it when Shola, who was hopeless as a player and simply very very lucky to be employed all those years at the club, gets given a job due to saying all the right things about Mike Ashley.

Yet we have the two greatest living club legends treated as pariahs by the owner.

Both Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan have the self-respect to call out Mike Ashley for what he is and what he has done.

They wouldn’t lower themselves to defend Ashley to keep him sweet.

One of the first easy tasks for any new owner will be to welcome both Keegan and Shearer back into Newcastle United and ask them to play a part in the rebuilding. Whether full-time or part-time, any involvement by either of these club legends can only give a boost to regeneration of the club.

Shola Ameobi talking when announced as Newcastle United’s Loan Coordinator – 21 June 2019:

“It’s going to be exciting.

“It’s a club that has been a part of my life for over 20-25 years and I was still coming in and working as a coach. Being a part of that over the last year or two has been great but now I’m coming in full-time and into a role where, predominantly, you are trying to help players.

“I have been a player myself and understand how hard it can be, especially when you are out on loan. I think it’s important that we have someone in charge of that who can help the player and the club in terms of strategy, why we use the loan system and how we can benefit the player through that system.

“It’s working with players that you can help to facilitate everything they need to succeed. I’m a big believer in helping each and every player regardless if they are playing or not. We shouldn’t treat them any less just because they are out on loan and hopefully I can be a big plus for them going ahead.

“Overall, it is to help maximise their development, especially when you are talking about players who are coming through and trying to break into the first team. I think it’s important that they get first-team football and understand what it takes to play at that level and really utilising the loan system to develop our players who are hopefully ready for the first-team.

“The psychological part of the game is important and it’s really about helping to assist them and monitoring where they are at as a person.

“I think this role will look at how they do on the pitch but also where their mindset is off the pitch, being able to talk to them and assist them in that side of the game. I think that’s key because I understand what it takes to go out and how to succeed and maybe not to succeed and how you deal with that side of it.

“For them to have someone to talk to and guide them through that is a really important part of my role and I can hopefully bring that to the job too.”

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