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Where is Shola Ameobi as 7 of 9 Newcastle United loan players don’t play a minute on Saturday?

3 years ago

Has anybody seen Shola Ameobi?

After giving Mike Ashley over the top praise in a number of interviews, the Newcastle United owner then gave Shola a job.

The former NUFC striker given the role of ‘Loans Coordinator at St James Park.

After getting the job, Shola Ameobi described the role: ‘The loan coordinator is about planning, organising and coordinating players that we’ve identified as a club who need to either go out on loan to develop them or because they need games as part of a first-team squad.’

Newcastle fans were left wondering if he was up to the job when three senior players ended up not getting loan moves despite having no place in the NUFC Premier League squad. Jack Colback, Henri Saivet and Jamie Sterry continuing to pick up their wages every week despite not being able to play for the first team.

Supporters also wondering exactly what parameters the job for Mike Ashley has, as Shola Ameobi has been a regular on Sky Sports this season putting out PR/propaganda on behalf of his boss.

As for the players who Shola Ameoi has ‘coordinated’ out on loan, it is an overwhelmingly depressing tale, with very few of them getting much football.

Today we have seen a real low…whilst Freddie Woodman and Liam Gibson both played the full 90 minutes, seven other Newcastle United loan players didn’t get a kick, left on the bench or out of the squad.

Jacob Murphy – Middlesbrough 1 Sheffield Wednesday 4

Murphy sat on the bench all game.

Freddie Woodman – Swansea 1 Reading 1

The keeper played the full 90 minutes. The Swans in second place in the table thanks largely to Woodman only conceding six goals in nine games.

Sounds as though Shola Ameobi needs to get more hands on with his job – that is as a loans coordinator, rather than putting out Ashley’s PR on Sky Sports.

Dan Barlaser – Bristol Rovers 1 Rotherham United 0

The winger sat on the bench the whole game.

Rolando Aarons – Rochdale 0 Wycombe Wanderers 3

Sat on the bench for 90 minutes.

Liam Gibson – Exeter 1 Grimsby 3

The loan defender played the full 90 minutes of the win.

Elias Sorensen – Carlisle United 1 Oldham 0

The striker sitting on the bench all game.

Kelland Watts – Stevenage 1 Cambridge 1

The NUFC defender staying on the bench all game

Nathan Harker – Blyth Spartans 3 Telford 1

The NUFC keeper not named in the squad (former NUFC winger Callum Roberts scored a hat-trick)

Achraf Lazaar – Frosinone 1 Cosenza 1

Lazaar not named in the squad although Emmanuel Riviere started for Cosenza but was dragged off at half-time.

Shola Ameobi speaking after he got the loans coordinator job this summer:

“The loan coordinator is about planning, organising and coordinating players that we’ve identified as a club who need to either go out on loan to develop them or because they need games as part of a first-team squad.

“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.

“If not, we can help them to have a career in the game because I think the success of a club, the development side of a club, is making sure we produce players who stay in the game and have a career in football.

“For me, there are certain responsibilities that I see which are key in this role.

“The first is to implement an efficient and effective strategy of who is ready to go out on loan, where they should be going and what level they should be playing at.

“I think it’s very important to have that process in place before we send kids out on loan.

“Different players need different things and it’s important that we fit them in the right place for what they need to develop.

“Another big part of the job will be to liaise with the player.

“It will be important that these guys who are going out on loan don’t feel like they have just been left out on the limb.

“It’s important that they realise that they are still part of our club and they get the same time of thought put into them and their careers regardless of where they’re at as they play here.

“I think that’s a big part of my job to make sure that they get the right information and are given the best environment to succeed.”


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