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Shola Ameobi gets new role at Newcastle United as club play catch up – Report

3 months ago
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As part of a restructuring at Newcastle United, Shola Ameobi has a new role at the club.

Back in March, Newcastle United advertised three coaching/management roles.

These were Assistant Head of Coaching (U9-U16), whilst the two more senior jobs advertised were Player Development Coach (U23 Lead – Professional Phase) and Loan Player Coordinator.

The last of those roles is one that clubs such as Chelsea have had people in place to specifically do for some time, last season former (Chelsea) players Eddie Newton, Tore Andre Flo and Pauo Ferreira were all ‘loan player technical coaches’, looking after the 41 players they had out on loan in the second half of the season.

Many other Premier League clubs have also recognised the need, albeit on a small scale, with for example Carl Fletcher given the role by Bournemouth back in 2018.

These last few years Newcastle United have had an increasing number of especially younger players going out on loan, with varying results, at times players doing well at Under 23 level and looking to progress/develop out on loan, only to get very little pitch time.

Matters reached a head just before the ‘Loan Player Coordinator’ role was advertised by Newcastle three months ago.

Rafa Benitez recalling three players from loans in March, after the trio (Sorensen, Sterry and Roberts) hardly got a kick of first team football since going out on temporary moves in January.

The manager having previously gone public with his unhappiness that no commitment had been insisted on by NUFC staff for Sorensen to definitely get games at Blackpool.

Now Newcastle fan website nufc.com are reporting that it is Shola Ameobi who has landed the role of Loan Player Coordinator for the Magpies.

Former Leeds boss Neil Redfearn had already been reported as filling the Under 23s (reserves) manager/coaching role, after Ben Dawson had done an excellent job and got a promotion to oversee the set-up underneath the first team.

Neil Winskill has also been promoted, replacing Dave Watson as Under 18s coach/manager after a very poor season for the younger age group.

Former NUFC player Ian Bogie now given the title of Under 16 Lead Academy Coach.

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