Ameobi To Get Individual Coaching From Kinnear

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.

Comments welcome.

77 comments so far


    Oct 6, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #1

    i have faith in ameobi. too many people lower his confidence

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 6, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Hope shola scores 30goals with kinnear in charge

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 6, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #3

    i am willing to give him another chance

    also i am just watching youre on sky sports and john beresford looks like a pimp lol

  • Carl

    Oct 6, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #4

    I think Ameobi has had chances enough, he’s a lucky guy to still be getting them. He definitely has skill and ability, but it seems that if he thinks about it too long he mucks up. If Joe can tell him one thing, I hope it’s “go with your instincts”.

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 6, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #5

    He has been living in Newcastle since he was 9.this statement proves that he started and would end it here at wonder the past managers tried to get rid of him and they always fail.

  • Toon_Ksk

    Oct 6, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #6

    John Fashanu…hmmm…reminds me of the match fixing saga.

  • Shot Bru!

    Oct 6, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #7

    JK will hopefully toughen the lad up, Shola needs to be more aggresive, he seems a little too casual at times. Plus i think his injury woes haven’t helped his form. For me he’s not a regular starter, but definitely adds a different dimension coming on as a sub or playing from the start against certain teams. He’s a useful squad player, there would be little point letting him go at the end of the season on a free.

  • David Dutch

    Oct 6, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #8

    The problem with Shola is simple, find the guy who told him he was a good footballer and shoot him. Shola did quite well until he was told he could take over from Alan Shearer, since then he has strolled through games as if people should get out of his way because he is a great professional. I have watched him in the first team and in the reserves where his attitude is no better. It is all down to his attitude and if Joe can get that right he could regain his ability, but it has to come from Shola out on the park not on the training ground. He has squandered chance after chance when we have been devoid of strikers and he has been given another chance only to waste it. I would love to be proved wrong but at this time he is simply NOT a premiership player.

  • bigpeaovtheweab

    Oct 6, 2008 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #9

    wot a load ov tripe amiobi just isint ood enouf he had more than enuff time to square the ball to charlie to put the winner away yesterday give him away let sunderland have him hes pants

  • toonjon

    Oct 6, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #10

    he looked better in the last 20odd or so mins when he came on on sunday then he has the last two seasons. Hope he is given a chance under kinnear. also i thought steven taylor looked quality and got us a point pretty much all by him self.
    nicky butt has given away two pens this season that i can remember and were only 6 or 7 games into the season.

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 6, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Watch wat happens when he is back

  • AndyNUFC

    Oct 6, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Bigpea that’s very unfair, Ameobi did great when he came on and his little turn past the defender was quite classy, and good instincts to square it to Charlie.

    Somebody said it on here, if he was just that aggressive, he’d be good. We’re crying out for a physical presence upfront. Xisco is weak as hell for his height.

    If he challenged in the air aggressively, shoved the defenders about, went in for crunching tackles, then atleast he’d be making a contribution. Howay Shola keep up your Everton performance standard and you could cement a regular place in the team.

  • AndyNUFC

    Oct 6, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Toonjon, you’ve reminded me…

    A PLAYER OF HIS AGE, WITH HIS EXPERIENCE, FROM THE CLUB’S HE’S BEEN AT AND THE ACHIEVEMENTS IN HIS CAREER… WHY THE HELL IS BUTT STILL MAKING STUPID TACKLES?! He’s like Cacapa, in the defensive role you’d think the age and experience would be the biggest attribute they could have, but they throw themselves about and look worse than kids.

  • gorskino10

    Oct 6, 2008 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #14

    wow i fort he gunna say Lenny Henry lol wow Kinnear must be drunk hehe

  • Listie

    Oct 6, 2008 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #15

    If JK can something out of Ameobi great the squad is so paper thin we need as many players as possible able to give something to the team.

    I thought he as good as he has for a couple of years when he came on against Everton

  • Geordie Jayne

    Oct 6, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #16

    I hope he can do it…..but I seriously doubt it, Ameobi never looked any better in the reserves against so called lesser players. With his height alone he should be beating defenders to the ball but he fails to do it time and time again.

    Watching with bated breath

  • JJ

    Oct 6, 2008 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Ameobi = Championship player

  • Toon_Ksk

    Oct 6, 2008 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Oh come on, give him a break. He is still ‘young’, he will fulfill his potential eventually at the age of 35.

  • JJ

    Oct 6, 2008 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #19

    What is Ameobi good at?

    Finishing – no
    Holding the ball up – no
    First touch – no
    Heading – should be but no
    Being strong – he ok

  • Big Dave

    Oct 6, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #20

    I personally think when he is playing he looks and acts like Bambi, but there must be something about him in training as every manager has tried to get him to play. he reminds me of Frank bruno great potental but just to soft. but maybe JFK can get him sorted

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 6, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Why make it so difficult,just sell him and replace him with Carroll or Zamblera.

  • SwedEric

    Oct 6, 2008 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #22

    He can´t do it. Final. Every manager since SBR have said the same, and ok he had some decent games during a period under Roeder, but that´s it, in all this years.

    If you watched any of his games the last season I don´t have to tell you how useless he was!

  • Cooper

    Oct 6, 2008 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Ameobi is the human symbol of…


  • I Made 1000

    Oct 6, 2008 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #24

    ameobi = league 2

  • Cooper

    Oct 6, 2008 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Why did the hell did he get on ahead of the Xisco kid?


    Oct 6, 2008 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Ameobi is equal to shearer.but shola is not equal to you know y?

  • PapaToon

    Oct 6, 2008 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #27

    Hes is only there because of our paper thin squad. I guy Ameobi’s size should be able to hold up the ball, he cant even do that, forget about scoring.
    I think we would be better with some one like Josh Kennedy the Aussie striker who would cost a lot less than what we could sell Ameobi for.

  • Hilly

    Oct 7, 2008 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #28

    Why waste your time Joe? He’s “willing to work.” Really? That doesn’t show at game time. He’s the laziest pile of crap on the pitch. I could care less if didn’t score goals, but the guy doesn’t hustle at all. If the ball isn’t fed to him, he stands around waiting. Put him in the reserves and let him learn how to run farther than 18 yards before wasting any more time on this guy.

  • Hilly

    Oct 7, 2008 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #29

    AndyNUFC – Butt makes dumb tackles because he has to. He’s too slow to steal the ball the proper way.

  • PapaToon

    Oct 7, 2008 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #30

    I think Steven taylor would be a better option up fron than Ameobi!

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 7, 2008 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #31

    My team for Man City





  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 7, 2008 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #32

    What the hell…..Beye is RB yhere

  • clever-toon-lad

    Oct 7, 2008 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #33

    fingers crossed every1 that jonas is fit for our next match against man city. he should make a big difference in place of the useless geremi

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 7, 2008 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #34

    Ameobi is equal to shearer.but shola is not equal to you know y?behind every successful striker there is always a successful assist.the real deal is that shola doesnt really have someone he works with consistently.that alone disqualifies him to be a Nufc player.

  • skin d

    Oct 7, 2008 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #35

    i dont care what joe says shola amoebi is absolute garbage.
    okay he put himself about yesterday,but it will not last.
    shola does the same thing whenever a new manager comes in,does a bit of boot licking,the cute cuddly i,m a religious man pick me.
    i have got to take my hat off to him,he deserves an oscar.
    shola is just used to the lifestyle thats afforded to him at the toon,and nearly s##t himself in the summer when kk had cottoned on to him.
    he thought oh the games up i,ll have to go elsewhere ,and actually work for my money.
    oh there,s no more driving my gas guzzler around the streets of jesmond dene.
    i think shola has made it as far as he has ,because he is the nice boy doesn,t drink,always first in to training ,he,s no bother is wor shola.
    if he was any man at all he would have left the toon to prove himself,but even stoke city thought he was crap.
    he never tried one bit for stoke either,shola for me will never ever be a striker.
    he does not possess a forwards instinct,cannot make a run ,cannot head a ball,cannot hold up a ball,spoils good work made by the rest of the team,no quick enough either.
    so i ask what good is he ,shola isn,t good enough to get a game for hartlepool imho.

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 7, 2008 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #36

    He becomes inconsistent and useless.Newcastle of today is different from those ages.a typical Newcastle player of today is oba.he is strong has pace,can work as a lone man striker with individual effort.had a feeling he would have recorded his name on the sheet last week.obas presence is always felt during games with or without result.
    Owen was silenced during the match and could not do any thing cos he doesnt have any one reliable to work with or less feed the ball to him.doesnt fit the present squad

  • skin d

    Oct 7, 2008 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #37

    ganiyu if shola is that good why didn,t nigeria ask him to represent them.
    because he is completly ineffective.

  • skin d

    Oct 7, 2008 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #38

    watching feckless shola trying to play football,is acure for insomnia.

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 7, 2008 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #39

    Skin d-we called him during his under21 but decided to play for england in his dreams.he denied us.calton cole victor anichebe made the right decision and surely they are the future of the super so sorry for shola and agbolahor cos they forget they leave on the white mans soil where any thing can happen

  • ronjohno

    Oct 7, 2008 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #40

    26 and not the finished article. Says it all really.


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