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Nothing wrong with Shola Ameobi talking so positive to the media so often just so long as…

3 years ago

We are seeing a lot of Shola Ameobi at the minute.

The former Newcastle player popping up all over the place, on Sky Sports and quoted in various newspapers.

I have no problem with that BUT only on one condition.

He can spout all the pro-Mike Ashley propaganda that he wants but that is how he has to be billed.

He is on the Ashley payroll now, supposedly as a ‘loans coordinator’, but when appearing in the media pushing the official club script, it should say ‘Mike Ashley spokesman Shola Ameobi’…or ‘New NUFC propaganda spokesman Shola Ameobi’ (having now replaced Peter Beardsley and working alongside Bobby Moncur).

It is ridiculous the media putting him up as though he is just some impartial former player and Newcastle fan, it is simply not true, he is working for Mike Ashley and that is reflected in what he is saying.

Just look at what he has said (see below) this week, slavishly bigging up the appointment of Steve Bruce.

Shola Ameobi talking about how we haven’t been able to compete financially for signings with the top six, typical Mike Ashley propaganda that we hear from Dennis Wise and the rest. The problem hasn’t been not competing for players with the top six, it is Mike Ashley refusing to compete with the likes of Bournemouth, Brighton, Crystal Palace and the rest when it comes to transfer fees and wages.

It is absolute nonsense for Shola to say that Newcastle need to rely more on players coming through the Academy. EVERY club loves to have young players come through but they should be a bonus, it is a no-brainer that if a quality player progresses that they get in the team/squad, but to suggest this is some kind of plan to replace having a proper transfer policy is pure and simple club propaganda, much like what Lee Charnley and other Ashley minions have spouted before.

Defending no signings so far with now only 20 days of the transfer window remaining, he goes along with the ludicrous idea that Steve Bruce will be picking the signings…’It’s very hard to make signings without a manager and ultimately, the manager has to make those decisions.’

We all know that Steve Bruce most definitely won’t be picking the signings, Mike Ashley has even made that very publicly clear by giving Bruce the title of Head Coach, the same as happened with Steve McClaren, simply here to coach and pick the team.

If as is widely reported, Joelinton becomes Newcastle’s first signing of the summer, it has also been widely reported that this transfer has been set up for months. How clear can it be that Steve Bruce has had nothing to do with that imminent signing and won’t have any real say on any others that might happen?

Shola Ameobi speaking to Sky Sports:

“He is obviously a very experienced manager, obviously a local lad coming home.

“With Rafa leaving there’s a big void needs filling by a big character and I think Steve has the experience to be able to handle that…I know him a little bit and think he will be up to the task.

“This opportunity has come and this is the right step for him, everyone at Newcastle will want him to do a good job and we are very passionate about our local guys doing well.

“He is a local boy and I am sure the fans will get behind him once he starts getting himself into the job…what we have to do is get behind Steve and it is important that we back him now.

“The fans are a huge part of the success of the club and when we do come together, like we did under Rafa, then we can do good things, that is certainly what I will be doing.

“You look at the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and they have been able to get their finances to bring in the top players, money talks in the Premier League and Newcastle over the past few years haven’t had the money available to challenge these clubs

“So what we have to do is to look at what we have got at home, being a graduate of the academy myself I think that is something we have to address and when you look at Sean Longstaff we need to try and do it that way.

“We aren’t going to challenge the top six in terms of money and transfers, we have to be smart about developing players who are passionate about playing for the club.”

Shola Ameobi speaking to The Chronicle:

“In terms of the squad, we’ve got a decent squad and that is the void we need to fill straight away. It’s very hard to make signings without a manager and ultimately, the manager has to make those decisions.

“Hopefully Steve will be coming in knowing what he needs to do. Whether or not we can get that over the line is another question because the time frame is very short.

“He has got all the experience in the world, he’s been doing this a long time and he’s got broad shoulders. I think he’ll be able to cope with the demands of this job.”


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