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!!