Shola Ameobi – We Are Under No Illusions

One of the things that has made Newcastle a very good side in the Championship this season, is the work ethic and team spirit that has blossomed in the Newcastle team this season.

Shola Ameobi – celebrating with fellow Newcastle fans Monday night

That work ethic was non existent last season and the turmoil with the Kevin Keegan departure hardly helped things.

But it seems that one of the miraculous things that new manger Chris Hughton has done, is settle the club down, and the lads now make 90% of the headlines by what they do on the field of play.

That has not always been the case with Newcastle over the last 15 years or so.

Shola Ameobi feels that what has happened in the last 10 months is great, and we cannot slip back into mediocrity again.

This is what Shola told the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“It’s great to get promotion but to win the Championship with two games to spare, the whole of the club, the fans, everyone can be proud.”

“For me it’s very emotional in terms of last season’s disappointments. To get back up first time is something I will cherish for the rest of my career and for the rest of my life.”

“As a Newcastle fan, I have been part of this as a player, and I feel it is a real honor just to be part of that. After the partying we are under no illusions, we know that it will be difficult.:

“We came down last year and will have to strengthen. I am not the manager, I don’t want to delve into his business, that’s his job.”

“But I know there’s a core of players right now and we will give everything we have got. We didn’t have a God-given right to win this league, we have had to give every ounce of effort to win it and that’s what we will be trying to replicate in the Premier League.”

And to get back to the top flight is almost a miracle in our view, but the lads have put in an almost perfect season.

29 wins and 98 points after 44 games, with 21 clean sheets 4 defeats and 87 goals scored seems almost a miraculous season to us.

There’s also a good chance that Newcastle win their last 2 games, and will remain undefeated at St. James’ Park for the first time in 103 years.

Shola continued about getting promoted at the very first attempt:

“I don’t think as players we doubted it.”  “We knew we had the quality and if we applied ourselves we knew we could come back up.”

“There were eyebrows raised and people talked about us doing a Leeds, dropping down the divisions.”  “But the belief in the dressing room has always been the same. We knew we had the quality to win the league.”

“We knew it would be tough with the likes of West Brom, Middlesbrough and obviously Forest coming through.”  “But we have shown the real steel and the endurance, which has been lacking in recent seasons. That will hold us in good stead next year.”

On Saturday the team will play their last game of the season at St James’ Park against Ipswich – and the game has been sold out for over week now and the partying will continue on Saturday afternoon – and we look forward to when the lads get presented with the CC Championship trophy after the game.

Shola continued:

“We knew if we won the last three games we would be champions and we wanted to have that trophy handed to us at St James’ Park in front of our fans,”

“It will mean a lot to have them all there. That’s what carried us through.”  “We wanted to show the fans that trophy and it will be a great day for us.”

“What we have done is won a trophy for this club and that’s not happened for a while.”  “It’s only the Championship trophy, but as players and as fans – you can see how much it made everyone happy.”

It’s good winning a league but what we look forward to is winning another league – that begins with the letter “P”.

But whether that will happen in our lifetimes is now very uncertain.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Deffinitely need to hold on to Shola, regardless of what some are saying, he is a proven premiership striker, our only one! He must stay!

  • Bucks mag

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #2

    We should sell him in the summer. His last 2 games have shown his attitude – utterly lazy with not much ability. Despite his early season form he isn’t good enough.

  • peterktoon

    Apr 21, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Hey Ed have you seen this?
    Hope you write an article about this.

  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 21, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Bucks mag

    He clearly isn’t back to match fitness and your forgetting his heroics at the start of the season, if he hadn’t of be injured, no doubt he’d be top scorer!

  • Bucks mag

    Apr 21, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #5


    Potential top scorer in a second rate league – not a sign that he’s good enough for the EPL.

    “He clearly isn’t back to match fitness” – when has he ever been properly fit? He is consistently injured, with constant niggles marring his game.

    “your forgetting his heroics at the start of the season” – my post “Despite his early season form”. If you actually analyse it, his goals alone brought in 7 points. We would still be top with 2 points to spare atm if we didn’t have them. Colo’s goals alone brought in 4. Admittedly this does not include assists, but then he is hardly Nobby Solano.

    He is now 28, going on 29 – he was speedy when he was younger, but he does not have it in his game to be a slow, languid, tall striker in the mould of a Viduka or a Berbatov – he has not got the skill. What does he bring to the team? Not a lot.

    His best spell I would have said was 03/04 or the end of 05/06 season, when he was still young. That has definitely passed. KK saw it when he was sent on loan to Stoke in 2008.

    Proven Premier League striker – he has got 32 goals in the EPL since the 2000/01 season, with 190 EPL appearances in 9 seasons (81 as a sub). A ratio of 1 in every 5.9 games. An average of 3.5 goals a season. I will admit that of our strikers, he obviously has the most EPL experience, but he is not good enough.

    When he was younger, there was potential – Barcelona (a) 03, Chelsea (h) 04 Mackems (h) 06 are some excellent performances that spring to mind, and of course, the start of this season. But there is no room for sentiment in the EPL thinking of the player he could have been back then. A la Ned Kelly in 93, sell him as we go up.

    Shola’s time is up – injury prone, ageing striker who doesn’t score many goals. Sell him to a Championship team who will think of that early season form and give us a good price.

  • Davies

    Apr 22, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #6

    Got to agree with Bucks Mag there. Time to move on Shola. Thanks for the good work this sesason.


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