Former Newcastle United coach John Carver is currently the new manager at Toronto FC, who play in the MLS.
John Carver – now manager at Toronto FC
Carver seems to have got his team organized, but is now looking for some firepower up front, and of course he knows all about Shola Ameobi at Newcastle.
Carver was Sir Bobby Robson’s assistant manager at St James’ Park, and then briefly acted as caretaker manager following Bobby’s departure in 2004. John was in charge when we beat Blackburn 3-0 at home, with new manager Graeme Souness looking on.
John has hopes of persuading Ameobi, 26, whom he brought through the Newcastle Academy, that his future lies across the pond in Canada.
Carver said yesterday:
“I need some firepower up front and I am looking for new players, especially a striker.”
“I have got my side organised now and have made Toronto difficult to beat, but I need to sign players in that area.”
“Shola is a kid I brought through the system at Newcastle United, and a kid I know an awful lot about.”
“If I can get Shola into this football club he would be a huge, huge asset for us.”
Ameobi is now surplus to requirements at Newcastle and started just four games and made just two appearances under new manager Kevin Keegan – before finally ending the season on loan at Stoke.
Shola Ameobi – will he move to Toronto?
Shola seems not too keen to join the newly-promoted Potters on a permanent basis, but he will need to move in the summer, if he is to restart his career.
If he does move to Toronto he would find a familiar face in former Newcastle left winger Laurent Robert, who is already on the books at the Canadian club.
Robert in particular has impressed his new manager after rather losing his way in recent seasons, after leaving Newcastle.
“It’s not about what players have to prove, it’s about the fact they have so much to play for and offer.”
“Newcastle fans know what Robert’s ability is about. From what I have seen in the short space of time he has been here, he has some desire back.”
“He has had a couple of wayward years and he actually seems to want to prove a point.”
“He’s not here on holiday, he’s working hard and he’s a great professional.”
While the standard of football in the MLS may be improving it’s hardly a place for a 26 year-old to go in the prime of his career.
We think Shola can do better by joining a strong Championship side or a Premiership team in the bottom half of the table.Â Both Norwich and Middlesbrough are said to be interested in Ameobi.
What do you think?