Ameobi Injury Serious – Newcastle Ineptitude Astonishing

Bad news today, but not unexpected, is that Shola Ameobi will probably be out for months with his fractured cheekbone.

Shola Ameobi – out for months

The injury is being reported this morning by the Newcastle Journal, to be even worse than first thought. Oh my.

Alan Pardew yesterday was hoping it wouldn’t have been as serious as first feared, but Alan and the players are now left to somehow clean up the mess the club has created for itself.

We have seen how Alan Pardew has been attacked as a puppet to Ashley, in some of the comments, but our sympathies go out to him.

And in any case,  those people said the same things about Chris Hughton, who turned out to be simply magnificent for Newcastle United, and will always be revered for what he did for the famous club.

We had hoped Shola may have been able to play with one of those protective masks in a few weeks time, but apparently the injury is just too severe for that to happen.

So Murphy’s law strikes again – if something bad can happen it will.

And it did.

And remember a very good saying in management is that all good executives plan for the worst and hope for the best. It seems the club hoped for the best and got the worst.

Newcastle’s actions on Monday were almost suicidal, and why on earth didn’t we press Liverpool to get say take Ngog on loan for the rest of the seaosn, rather than doing the deal, and knowing that in six hours left of the window, it would be hard to get anybody in, because our negotiating power was zippo?

And we see that Sky Sports pundit Chris Coleman doesn’t know the rules much, because Newcastle cannot sign an emergency loan player, as he had suggested was possible.

That’s only allowed for goalkeepers, because of their specialist position, and it’s what Manchester City exercised last season when Shay Given hurt his shoulder, and they couldn’t recall Joe Hart from Birmingham, because that wasn’t in the deal they had struck with the Midlands club.

We did receive a number of emails from readers yesterday about this – but we assured them the deal is only for goalkeepers – and is not to cover clubs who shoot themselves in the foot through appalling management.

It’s astonishing the ineptitude the Newcastle hierarchy have shown, but Alan Pardew and the players have to confront this situation as best as they can – and as far as we are concerned they’ll all get our support 100%.

And in one interview after the Fulham game on Wednesday, we thought Alan Pardew was going to cry, when he said the Newcastle fans could easily have turned on him and the players, after what happened on Monday, but they didn’t and they were brilliant to me and the team.

Good team-work is to pull together in times of real adversity, and the Newcastle manager and players are in some trouble, and we’ll be pulling for them big time through the end of the season – that’s our position.

Howay The Lads!!

35 comments so far

  • taker83

    Feb 4, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    “ALan pardew going to cry”, bullshit!What kind of manager is he if he did not anticipate the shortcomings?F off.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Feb 4, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Taker83, harsh but very fair!!

  • bentoon

    Feb 4, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Best has been waiting for this chance since he signed. Can he step up?

  • huginn

    Feb 4, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Shearer’s broken leg after we sold Sir Les spring to mind – Dalglish got that one wrong.

  • daneevz

    Feb 4, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #5

    2 words SHIT STREET!!

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 4, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #6

    just looked at the fixture list wolves B’ham, bolton and everton home as well as WBA. Blackpool away. i tbhink with current strike force cd do the job for saftey atleast

  • daneevz

    Feb 4, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #7

    we need some freebies!

  • veto

    Feb 4, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8

    why we never followed through with a striker in the window ill never know , we should have went for cover as soon as carroll got his injury while out drinking .

  • ToonZiga

    Feb 4, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s Best time, he has an opportunity now.

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Feb 4, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    We’re forced into changing our style of football. No more long balls. I think it will take time for the team to adapt.

  • daneevz

    Feb 4, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #11

    News: just heard J.Barton has turned down a contract extension???

  • toonfan76

    Feb 4, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #12

    All I have to say is, the sooner we get Ben Arfa back fit the better, I think he could do the job as a makeshift striker, he’s got the pace, skills and finishing ability to do it, all depends how soon he’s going to be ready!

  • SuperShearer

    Feb 4, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #13

    We do still have Best, Ranger and Loven. You would think that between the three of them we can at least create problems in and around the box if only for Nolan to bang em in. We have to move on from the Carroll situation. It’s over, playing the blame game will get us relegated as it did the year we went down.

  • toonfan76

    Feb 4, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #14

    daneevz@ 10

    where did you hear this?

  • carrollsinger

    Feb 4, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #15

    It was all over twitter about Barton turning it down maybe he is waiting till summer and see if the 35 mil is spent if it’s all lies about it’s all going to be spent then I would leave aswell I just think Ashley is going to hopefully keep us up sell top players get his money back then leave best will take over have best and ranger up top

  • geoff777

    Feb 4, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #16

    Who wants to play for a club with no ambition?

    We’ll set to lose a few players now …

    Bye bye to that team spirit too …

    Sold Out.

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 4, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #17


    dont know about others but i could not care less, anymore

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 4, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #18

    We are f*cked inept management by Ashley & his cronies. They only saw the £ signs on Monday and didn’t think of the consequences. The next 3 months are going to be long and torturous not looking forward to them I just hope we can somehow get the 10-15 points we will need to stay up. Problem is I can’t see us scoring any goals.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 4, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #19

    Those who couldn’t care less are not REAL Geordies or true supporters. We may hate Ashley & co but we love the club & what it means to Newcastle. Remember Newcastle United is Newcastle & Newcastle is Newcastle United whatever Ashley does we will always be United

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 4, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #20

    hitting below the belt is not allowed

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Feb 4, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #21

    Best step up??? hahaha he had 1 good game in which he was in the right place at the right time to score three goals, every game hes played since hes looked less than premiership quality, he runs about puts the effort in but hardly ever manages to get the ball, and when he does hes easily shrugged off the ball, i would give ranger n mcloven a chance, definately not ideal but less than impressed with best

  • sjc07

    Feb 4, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #22

    Gives you an idea of what Newcastle think of Xisco, when they would rather get in a loan than recall him (assuming they have that option). So many people that post are quick to kick Newcastle when they are down, wasn’t it the togetherness and support that helped CH achieve an unthinkable championship last season? It’s time to show our support, stop the gossip and stop the fingerpointing. 12 points from 14 games should be enough for us. Our fixtures left this month (ex Arsenal) can give is over half of those points.

  • rubaz66

    Feb 4, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #23

    @daneevz – Aye cos if it’s on twitter it’s defo true, half the accounts on there are people pretending to be celebs/footballers etc,
    So if we’re going down that route i heard on twitter we’re signing Lionel Ronaldo from FC Genk for 56p

  • SirAlan

    Feb 4, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #24

    ED you need to Visit Spec Savers in your seriously thinking “Pardew” is not Ashley’s PUPPET.>>We never got in a striker even though Carroll was injured, now WE will pay the price again for there PATHETIC running of this Club

  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 4, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #25

    Barton has instructed his agent that he has changed his mind about signing a new contract, and Enrique refuses to even start negotiations on a new contract. Nolan also wants out at the end of the season.

  • SirAlan

    Feb 4, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #26

    Geordiedoonsooth <<<No real Geordie as you put it bends over every time Ashley asks us to, we've had enough ok,now JOG on muppet

  • dave 1961

    Feb 4, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #27

    The reason we did not buy a forward in the transfer window was pardew proclaimed the fantastic for of shola & best meant we did not need anyone in, now how pathetic shola had has a long history of injuries so the gambler so the gambler pardew is tried the bluff wit 2-3-5 and lost.

  • stuckdownsouth

    Feb 4, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #28

    I honestly believe that they weren’t planning to sell AC, that’s why they didn’t bring in another striker.

    They have a plan it’s just not one we like. Run the club on a sound financial footing and that means 35m for AC was too much to say no too.

    IMHO AC is really worth 22m at the moment and his out for 5 weeks. He put in a transfer request which means his price will only go down in the summer. And the timing of the bid, right before the window closed added millions to the deal.

    This team will not go down and so Cashley has gambled. Shola getting that injury is our S**t luck, just as when Daglish sold Sir Les, but it happens.

    Ben Arfa back soon and yes change the way we play.

    Did I want AC to go no, was Pardew my 1st,2nd or 3rd choice no. However he’s had a reasonable start and he looks really p*ssed off with the whole thing, so lets get behind him and the team.

  • daneevz

    Feb 4, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #29

    Dont do twitter dony understand it!!

  • Sav

    Feb 4, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #30

    Not enough has been made of Routledge going in all this. I rthink most of us assumed a deal was in the oven for Larsson or some other right winger. This has all been forgotten in the Carroll fuss.
    WTF were the club thinking of. I’m no big fan of WR but this was madness – and to what benefit? His wages can’t have been much and that is all Ashley is saving. That is criminal negligence.

    As to Carroll, the money is a big whack and maybe good business. But compare and contrast how Liverpool handled their ‘Hostile’ bid from Chelsea – not only did they get a phenomenal sum but the deal did not budge until they had adequate (I’d say better) replacements actually signed. That shows ambition. It shows common sense. It shows respect for the club and its fans.

    And how now will this display of lack of ambition affect the other players; Barton, Enrique and Tiote we need to get signed up long term. They know now, if they didn’t before that this is a selling club.
    As for criticisms of Pardew’s role in the Carroll transfer, when Keegan brooked no interference on transfer decisions and was prepared to walk out to make his point and maintain his integrity, half of the posters on this site were on his back as a quitter. So what do you want Pardew to do? Time to grow up.

  • Gash

    Feb 4, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #31

    We are the puppets.
    We stay true to our team
    Follow them through thick and thin
    Costing us a proportionate “damned sight more ” than Cashley has spent up to now.
    Pardew is not and never will be a Prem Manager.
    Cashley is using him as his front man to sell /strip the assets of our club as CH wouldnt do it.
    Once he has got back all his money he will sell to the highest bidder and return to the arms of Levy and Spuds and buy in with him.
    But we will still be here and we will pay for whoever wants to make money out of us until they get bored with it.
    And then …………
    Yeah we will still be here.
    And Yeah Im just a bit p-ff-d off with it all
    I still believe and still hope we beat the Gooners 3-0 on Saturday

  • geoff777

    Feb 4, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #32

    We really need new rules on the size of a stake in a football club one individual/company can own.

    I believe in Germany it is 49%

    This stops the Ashley’s of the world taking over clubs and using them as talent farms.

  • West End Boy

    Feb 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #33


    Please explain what getting Barton Jose et all on long term contracts will mean. Did AC not just sign a long term deal and the F*** O** at the firest sign of £ signs? Only thing it would ensure is a better price in the transfer market. If they run down their contracts they can begotiate a big signing on fee. As much as I have been impressed by Joey this season he would walk for more money like anyone else. talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. Contracts are not worth the paper they are wrirtten on. Heard Mr Daglish talking about how AC has signed a five year contract as if that really means something these days. FFS there is no lyalty apart from the fans and that goes for every club not just our beloved NUFC

  • nufcursed

    Feb 4, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #34

    great news! now we’ll have to use youngsters! i’m sick of all these complaints.use the young talents we supposedly have and let them play!if they’re really talents than they should take the opportunity. if not, they’re no top players. look at ameobi: he’s never really made it, always makes people doubt but in the end he’s always a substitute striker.he can’t lead the line or play consistently

    give the likes of ranger, airey and others a REAL chance!

  • Mags

    Feb 4, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #35


    I am all for giving the kids a chance, but we have seen Ranger and in all honesty he is not ready yet and too much pressure on him could put him back even further.

    As for young Airey, we could not use him even if we wanted to, he is injured.


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