Kinnear Has Instilled The Confidence In Ameobi

Shola Ameobi had one of his best games for Newcastle 3 seasons ago, when he scored two against Sunderland at St. James’ Park, and then Emre scored the winner direct from a free kick, while Graeme Souness was still manager.

Shola Ameobi – has confidence now under Kinnear

Shola talked about that game today:

“That game is certainly up there for me as one of my best ever for Newcastle, if not the finest moment of my career, and it goes without saying another goal or two again tomorrow would be most welcome.”

“Yes, it would be nice to score tomorrow, but the win is the most important thing and that’s what we will all be trying to get.” “I consider myself a Geordie, and for me, and the other home-grown players like Stephen Taylor, Steve Harper and Andy Carroll , this is the game you look forward to at the start of the season.”

“We’ve got a good record there, and in fact I wasn’t even born the last time Newcastle United lost at Sunderland, and we will be looking to keep that trend going tomorrow.” “It’s going to be a fantastic game. We’re certainly going to go out there with everything we’ve got. That’s what we have to do as players.”

“That all-out aggression, which Newcastle fans want, has been lacking in recent seasons. If we do that, we’ll give ourselves every chance.”

It’s clear that Joe Kinnear has instilled lots of confidence into Shola, who by his own admission doesn’t have an awful lot of it. Glenn Roeder was the last manager to be able to do that, and he was rewarded by Shola with a string of performances in which Shola scored once in every two games for Glenn.

He looks a completely different player when he has confidence and in properly motivated.

Let’s hope Shola can keep on the goals path tomorrow, and we know he’d just love to score against Sunderland, which Geordie wouldn’t?

Comments very welcome.

29 comments so far

  • DanToon

    Oct 24, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s still crap!

  • james milner

    Oct 24, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #2

    ameobi is king

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 24, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Mario Balotelli for Newcastle ,his days in Inter are numbered.

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 24, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #4

    rasko that would be mint but he would not come

  • Ericles

    Oct 24, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #5

    I think Shola is going to prove a lot of his detractors wrong playing under Joe Kinnear. Along with Taylor he is toon grown if not born. Those two against the mackems will do their utmost to win.
    Come on Ameobi – prove me right son.

  • Ashton

    Oct 24, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Martins will convince him to join us 🙂

  • skin d

    Oct 24, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #7

    i am not an amoebi fan but i would put him in tomorrow,the best game the sap ever had was against the mackems a couple of years back.

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 24, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Best player Newcastle has ever produced

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 24, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #9

    gainyu lol

  • Gooderz

    Oct 24, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Ameobi said last week that JK has given him a lot of confidence back, then he put in a very good shift on Monday and was rewarded with a goal and a standing ovation when he went off. If he can’t push on from there then all hope is lost for him.

    By the way, doesn’t Balotelli have his own line of clothing? Imagine that in the club shop, and possibly followed by others like Nile Ranger.

  • HAMMY14

    Oct 24, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #11

    i reckon the line should be this

    ———————– GIVEN —————————
    that would be the way i would have it of jonas was fit lol but ameobi wud be good playing behind in the front two he is strong and could feed the balls through to oba and xisco while gettin himself up fromt causing a nuisence. Anyone agree?

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 24, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #12
  • Ausgeordie

    Oct 24, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #13

    totally crap. his last goal was pure luck and if he had been five feet away instead of four he would have missed. He gets caught offside a bit but I think if he stays back and they get the ball to martins to run forward he is decent fella to have on the inside of the box.

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 24, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #14

    We are the perfect team for Balotelli imo.
    Yes he’s a top player but lacks experience and he’s facing strong competition to be a starter in a top team.
    With Viduka,Smith,Ameobi and maybe Owen(hope not) all leaving by Summer he could be our new Shearer if given the oportunity to shine in our team.
    With new owners hoping to rebuild the squad,Balotelli would be a perfect start for that campaign.I think 12-14 mill would be enough to get him in the Summer.

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 24, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Not to mention his resale value when he turns 21 or 22……NUFC could double the money for sure if they sell him to a top team.

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 24, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #16

    Any one knows the manual installation of football 08

  • irish_al

    Oct 24, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Why do you say Balotelli’s day are numbered at Inter, He was unsettled last season but signed a new contract in the summer despite this

    Have any new events occured?

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 24, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #18

    rasko i would love him to come i just dont think he will coz even if he did leave inter what to say another club such as madrid wouldnt come instead

  • irish_al

    Oct 24, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #19

    What about Pazzini?

    now second choice to Gilardino at Fiorentina

    i think he would be a realistic target, he is a similar height

    fisrt player to score a hat-trick at the new Wembley

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 24, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #20

    Pazzini cant score!

    Get Kalinic!

  • Ashton

    Oct 24, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #21

    We should get Ozil too

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 24, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #22

    Ashton….Ozil could be our long waited playmaker 🙂

    I mean…..the guy was simply born for football

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 24, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Beyethe great……You diddn’t get my point,top team such as Inter,Real,Milan etc is not a good choice for Super Mario cos he’ll be a benchwarmer there aswell.
    What he wants is games….lots of it,and we could offer him that.

    Irish_al…..He wants out of Inter cos Mou doesnt play him the way Mario wanna be played.
    He’ll probably end up somewhere on loan in January.

  • Turkish magpie

    Oct 24, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #24

    Nile ranger could be another milner!

    Great if he’s given the chance

    Milner was in the 1st team from the age of 18 and Nile might be Newcastles future Milner who built his reputation from a young age and a 1millon signing(milner) we sold him for 12!

    I know the great strikers list has to be the number nine shirt wearers


    but i’ve got a feeling if nile is given the chance he will score 2morro

  • Turkish magpie

    Oct 24, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Correction we bought milner for 4mil but all the goals he provided and we still made an 8mil profit

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 24, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #26

    could nile realy be that good

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 24, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #27

    how long is baheng out for he was supposed to be quite good

  • irish_al

    Oct 24, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #28

    january according to

  • micepie

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #29

    Funny glancing at one or two posts because I was coming on here to get all off-topic and mention the young strikers we have at the Toon.
    If we can keep them and they fulfill their promise…think about it: Xisco, Carroll, Ranger, Zamblera, Danquah, Bahang, Spears…. we’d have an amazing array of talent for the coming years! A couple of quality teenage mf’s too and we’d really be getting there (to add to Lua Lua, Donaldson and others).
    Hope Amoebi continues to play to his best, by the way. At least he would be a good back-up squad player and needn’t necessarily be sold.


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