Bobby Robson – Great Mentor To Shola Ameobi

It turns out that even after Bobby Robson left Newcastle at the start of the 2004-2005 season,  Shola Ameobi still kept iin touch with his former boss.


Shola – signing his new 3 year contract last year

A lot of Newcastle fans have surmised over the years, that Shola would be great in the Championship, and certainly his hat-trick against Reading was the first of his Newcastle career.

Shola rightly dedicated the hat-trick to his mentor and former manager Sir Bobby Robson.

But it says something of Bobby, that Shola was in constant contact with the great man, even after he left Newcastle, as Shola sought career advice from Bobby.

Shola talked about his hat-trick and Bobby:

“It was a dream come true but it’s been a while coming,”

“I believe Sir Bobby was looking down and smiling on me. He was a great mentor to me.”

“Even after he left I was in contact with him regularly. He brought me through.”

“He has been a great friend to me as well. I was obviously very upset when he passed away.”

“We dedicated the game to him and what a way for me to mark it because if it wasn’t for him I would not be in this position as he gave me my first start.”

Good words from Shola and he has a chance to have a great season and propel us back to that Premier League – and he knows it.

Go for it Shola!

Howay The Lads!!

6 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Aug 17, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #1

    A long time in coming Shola but a big well done. We all miss Sir Bobby, in a way he was like a second dad or your favourite uncle so I can imagine, in a way, how Sholla feels about his passing.

    The first 2 games I though Carroll played his heart out and linked up well at times with Sholla, great experience for them being first choice strikers and if we keep getting the results then they obviously deserve their places.

    Both big guys and both prepared to fight CCC style, we’re kind of lucky having these two at the club at the moment.

  • JinkyGenius

    Aug 17, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #2

    ‘Arry paid good money for Crouch, but didn’t play him Saturday. Shola is going to terrify some teams and be shackled by others, so we need as many attacking options as possible coupled to a strong midfield to cope with all contingencies. Not every team is going to buckle under long ball 4-4-2, so we need to have at least three comfortable systems with the appropriate players slotting into familiar roles.

    I see the ‘ideal team’ being listed daily by fans, truth is there isn’t one – only a versatile and committed squad (which is the very thing we are eroding by the day with these hysterical sales).

    A good coach will also realise this, and so far Hughton gets full marks, but is he wise enough to drop a hat-trick scorer and obsession with 4-4-2 if the next team up is best countered with a holding 4-1-4-1?


    Aug 17, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Good on you shola! Top scorer in the championship!

  • Waddles mullet

    Aug 17, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Ashley won’t deal with shepherd gg7

  • brownrob

    Aug 17, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Well so the brother told me this morning…

    Since we got relegated I havent had a slightest desire to follow the Premiership (I know Chelsea beat Mr Tango’s Hull City 2-1)

    Anyway, he was adamant that Ameobi has signed for City for a huge fee, over £20m he says! Granted he is a Man Utd fan (yet plays as City and Liverpool on Football Manager) he doesnt know a lot, but he seemed to be sure he had moved!

    Turns out he meant Adebayor… talk about raising my hopes 😉 I wonder if I started a rumour would it gain any weight if it got posted on Tribal Football etc?!

    I thought the hatrick at the weekend would help him but not that much!!!

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 17, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #6

    why not? you said before he could be on his way back, why the sudden change mate


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