Shola Ameobi has today praised manager Joe Kinnear for helping him get his career back on track.
Shola Ameobi – career getting back on track
Shola talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“Joe’s come in and put self-belief back into my game and really put my career back on track.” “And I have to say it’s great for me to be back out there working hard and playing well.”
“I admire what Joe’s done, not just for me, but for the whole squad. He’s just come in and said ‘regardless of what’s gone on, we have to just fight and be a team’, and that’s certainly what we’ve done.”
“We’ve got to keep doing it if we’re to get ourselves out of the position we’re in.” “He’s shown that belief in me, and it’s great for me personally.”
Glenn Roeder was the last United manager to get the best out of Ameobi, and Glen told anybody who would listen that Shola was a good player and could score goals. Strange, that’s exactly what Shola did for Roeder.
In management you nearly always get what you expect, so if you expect someone to do well, and let them know how much you believe in them, that’s what will generally happen. It’s exactly what Kevin did in January, as he started to get the best out of a lot of our players at Newcastle United, and Joe is a very similar type of manager.
Shola has done just great, and he has had plenty of adverse criticism from both the press and some fans, and now he’s showing real character in putting his head down and getting some goals and playing well for Newcastle United. And he’s done it himself – with the right help from Joe.
We have criticized Shola before on our site, but always said he was much better than he has been playing since his hip operation, and we are delighted that Shola is proving us wrong.
In fact we just love it – keep it up Shola. 😀