Joe Kinnear Has Instilled A Togetherness At Newcastle

Shola Ameobi has talked to the Evening Chronicle today, and he seems a happy camper even though he is not starting for the team right now.

Shola Ameobi – seems happy at Newcastle under Joe Kinnear

But Shola seems to have a good relationship with new manager Joe Kinnear, and he credits Joe with bringing the pride and fight and confidence back to the Newcastle club.

Shola told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:

“On the pitch we have enough quality to beat any team. We just have to prove it.” “We haven’t talked about a crisis.”

“We just had to get it out of us and Joe has brought the fight back to the club.”

Shola is hoping to get a game soon, and since Joe Kinnear has today said he will be using all his four strikers, he may get a run out this Saturday.

Certainly, the Newcastle raised youngster has looked twice the player since Joe arrived at the club, and seems full of confidence again, and also appears happy to still be at his home-town club, the only club he’s ever played for.

Shola continued about ebing left out against Chelsea ten days ago:

“There was initial disappointment. I had been playing well and in among the goals.” “But it’s a team game and I understood the decision.”

“The manager had a plan to stop Chelsea scoring and that’s exactly what he did. We were delighted with the result, and I played my part.”

“We had all the confidence in the world after taking a point against one of the best teams in the world.” “The results show that and the way we have been playing shows it.”

“There is a togetherness, it shows in the way we battle.” “We come away from games knowing we have done all we can. Joe has brought that confidence here.”

One area that Joe will not have to worry about in January is the striker area, since we have Owen, Martins, Ameobi, Viduka, Xisco and youngsters Carroll, Zamblera and Ranger also coming through.

We’re in great shape as far as strikers go.

Now to strengthen the defense and midfield in January, and if Joe can get 3 excellent new players into the squad before January 31st, we’ll be in much better shape next year.

Comments very welcome.

10 comments so far

  • keith

    Dec 2, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #1

    shola has certainly come on under joe but i dont think he is good enough to be where we want to go as a club, he may play a part in getting us there tho,

  • NotAGhostToon

    Dec 2, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #2

    lets play 4-2-4 lol, I really hope 3 of our strikers get utalized on saturday, because if they don’t now, i don’t think they ever will. 4-3-3 as i’ve sed zog leftback instead of enrique, guthrie butt jonas and the rest speaks for itself

  • toonoholic

    Dec 2, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #3

    cut the togetherness *** and start winning against teams we should ! i cant sit with my heart in my hand till the end of the season debating, are we going to make it to europe/championship or not!

  • UTD111

    Dec 2, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Aye – the so-called “big four” (two of which have smaller home gates than United) will be knocking Cashley’s door down with big offers in the Dennis Wise January sales – NOT!!

    What a load o twaddle. Ameobi will never be good enough for United – he should have gone to the championship when he had the chance.

  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 2, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #5

    If I’d been playing as well as shola has recently I’d be a little miffed to find I wasn’t even first choice sub before Viduka. Even if it was intended as a psychological tactical sending on. Thing about him is that he seems so determined to stay with us, he he would have to rendered unconcious and shipped out in a box if the management wanted to get rid of him.

  • kid in toronto

    Dec 2, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #6


    totally agree. i don’t want to hear anymore about passion, commitment…i want to see goals!

  • briss

    Dec 2, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #7

    NOTAGHOSTTOOn i totally agree man. Oba duke and owen and take duke off for ameobi or enrique depending on the score line

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 2, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #8


  • craig chisholm

    Dec 2, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #9

    ameobi is shit, simple as. also, i you would think that the way he talks and other players that we were pushing for europe and not the coca cola league wouldnt you. this lot of under acheivers need to stop patting themselves on the back every time they get a bloody draw. the bottom line is that we are deep in relegation mire and i just can not see how its going to change with tosser ashley and his water tight wallet. all he is doing is saving any profit that the club is making and filtering it out somewhere else.

  • Al Long

    Dec 3, 2008 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #10

    If full strength, put Barton instead of Guthrie..
    Duff & N’Zog have to fight it out for a start..
    Good enough for top 10, even can sneak to top7


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