Shola Ameobi can be Newcastle United’s answer to John Fashanu, or so says our interim manager Joe Kinnear.
Shola Ameobi – to get one on one coaching from Joe
Kinnear worked with Fashanu during his first two years in charge of Wimbledon, and apparently he has been impressed with Shola in training last week, and he has already talked about how Shola can do a job for him at Newcastle.
But after the last season or so, he’ll have a difficult job convincing Newcastle fans that Ameobi has any future at the club. But not to be too negative, we hope Joe can bring the best out of Ameobi, although lots of managers have tried and failed, including Kevin Keegan.
Glenn Roeder was one manager who got the best out of him, and Glenn even had Shola scoring goals quite regularly. Kinnear is planning to work with Ameobi one-on-one this week to try to coax his undoubted ability out of the Nigerian born striker, who has been in Newcastle since he was 9 years old.
Joe said today:
“I think Shola has a lot to offer,” “I don’t think he’s the finished article, but he’s a powerful lad, and is willing to work.”
“I’m going to work one-to-one with him most afternoons, and he could be a John Fashanu.”
It’s not surprising that Joe will work with Shola, because that’s how a coach thinks, and it’s a challenge for him to get the best out of the lad. What Shola needs is somebody to raise his confidence a lot, and maybe Joe can do that.
We really do hope he succeeds, and if he does, it tells us just how good a coach Joe really is.