Ameobi Praises The Tony Pulis Wonders At Stoke

Shola Ameobi has 301 first class games and 295 of them are for Newcastle United.

Shola Ameobi – in his protective face mask

The other 6 games were while he was on loan at Stoke in the 2007-2008 season, when Stoke City were finally promoted from the Championship, and Shola was at Stoke when the Potters clinched promotion, although he was out injured at the time – yes it was another hamstring injury.

And the Nigerian-born striker, who will be wearing a face mask at the Britannia Stadium tomorrow, to protect his broken cheek bone, has fond memories of his short stay at Stoke.

And that’s especially true of Welsh manager Tony Pulis.

This is what Shola said today:

“I played the first couple of games and then I had a slight hamstring problem which kept me out,”

“I was there for the promotion push and managed to get a couple of substitutions as well towards the end of that season.”

“It was obviously elation – a bit similar to what we had here when we won the Championship,”

“It was a great time. It took us about an hour to get back into the changing room. It was a big thing for them.”

Ameobi is complimentary of the job 53 year-old Tony Pulis has done at Stoke, in keeping them in the Premier League and establishing them in England’s top flight over the last three seasons.

Ameobi continued:

“Tony has done wonders for Stoke,” “To do what he’s done, with the players he had at the time, and the fact he’s consolidated and pushed them on, is testimony to his managerial strengths.”

“He knows how to get the best out of the players he brings in, and that’s what you look for in a manager.” “Tony Pulis has definitely got that, and that’s why they’re in the Premier League right now.”

“I’ll look forward to Saturday. Every time I go back I say ‘hi’ to everyone … but I’ll be going there to get three points as a Newcastle player.”

Newport-born Pulis began his management career back in 1992 with Bournemouth and then managed Gillingham, Bristol City, Portsmouth, Stoke (from 2202-2005) and Plymouth Argyle before ending up back at Stoke in June, 2006.

Tony has had a great management career, which immediately followed his playing career, which  lasted from 1975 until 1992, when he played 324 games and 9 goals as a defender, and played for clubs such as of Bristol Rovers, Newport County and Bournemouth.

Shola Ameobi is now back again after missing several games with the broken cheek-bone he picked up at Craven Cottage in early February,  and it would be a really good time tomorrow afternoon to add to the 6 goals he has for Newcastle this season, with 4 of those being in the Premier league.

It’s an important game for Newcastle tomorrow, make no mistake about that,  and we really cannot afford to lose the game, to a side which is currently below us in the league, and since we’ve only one win in our last 9 games, it’s about time we won one.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 18, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #1

    I was heavily criticised a few weeks ago when I suggested that injuries & suspensions would drag us into a relegation battle – and so it has come to pass! we must take 4 points from stoke & wolves otherwise we face four “six pointer” games – villa a blackpool a birmingham h & west brom h and it could go to that last game against wba!

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 18, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Wonder how many injuries we get at training today? 🙁

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Mar 18, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Lets hope super mikes ‘gamble’ of going with what we have got, whilst getting rid of some of our first team, pays off!! Eh Davies, stuart and GG

  • Davies

    Mar 18, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s a worry, to be sure. We all know that, however good a piece of business selling that pikey to Liverpool was, we left ourselves way too thin. Letting Routlesge go without a replacement was also incredibly foolish. Very short sighted.

    I know we don’t always agree supermacnumber9, and I must have missed the thread where you predicted the probable upcoming player shortage, but I would have agreed with you then the way I do now.

    Since the window closed, I’ve just been hoping we can get to the end of the season without getting dragged into the scrap at the end.

    Let’s just hope that WHEN we manage to stay up, we boulster significantly in the summer.

  • Davies

    Mar 18, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Again, no argument from me on this one Angryman.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 18, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Angryman the Angry fan, is tomorrow the last game of the season then? Or just one of nine remaining? I think we will lose this game. But we’ll easily get nine points from the remaining eight. So don’t be to happy to soon.

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 18, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Supermacnumber9 and Angryman – I’m in both your corners! Extremely worried about the way things are panning out, but some of us did foresee it, did we not? Those of us who live on this planet that is.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Mar 18, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Hey guys, i know you protect ‘protect your own’ i dont think i said anything wrong did I??
    Just pointing out a vaid point…..eeeesh
    some peeps are so touchy!!

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 18, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Angryman the Angry fan, just your post seemed to be a bit Schadenfreude (Damage joy). I.e. If we went down you’d be pleased to be proven correct.


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