Shola Ameobi has come out today and said he wants to play European Champions League Football again with Newcastle.
Shola Ameobi – wants to play Champions League football – again
Newcastle finished 4th, 3rd and 5th in Bobby Robson’s last three seasons as manager of his home town club, before Freddy Shepherd, in all his wisdom, decided 5th place was not good enough for Newcastle and fired Robson in August of 2004.
After losing at Aston Villa 4-2 on 29th August, and gaining just two draws in the first four league games, Freddy sacked Bobby on the following Monday, and from that time on, Newcastle went into decline, significant decline if we are being honest, until Chris Hughton took over two years ago and propelled Newcastle forward again – in great style.
Alan Pardew took over about 6 months ago, when Chris Hughton was surprisingly fired, and did well enough to have Newcastle finish in a very respectable position in the Premier League, and the lads just missed out on finishing in a very good 9th position – in those final 30 minutes of the season when they conceded three goals to WBA, after being a comfortable 3-0 up shortly after half time
Shola is one of the few Newcastle players still at the club who played in those European Champions League games, and he has today said getting back to that level has to be the aim of the Newcastle club.
This is what Shola said:
“We know we can get the big results – especially at home,” “We showed that last season with our result against some of the teams who have been right up there at the top end.”
“It is another season for me but a very important one for the football club.” “We achieved what we set out to do last season and we done it with time to spare in the end.” ” That was great for us, but the aims for next season will be different again and we will look to kick on.”
“Home form will be important for us and that’s one thing all of the lads want to improve on,” “For me, it is always a great challenge being here,”
“I will be looking to stay fit and to play in as many games as I can. You always want to contribute in that way, but I will be looking to add to the goals I already have here.”
“I have played in the Champions League which was great, and you always want to get back,” “Perhaps when I was younger I took it for granted and it would be every year. You have to work for it and thrive on it, otherwise why are we here?”
Things are a lot tougher to get into the Champions League is a lot tougher than it was in 2004, because for one thing Chelsea and Manchester City have Billionaire owners who seem willing to spend any amount of money to ensure their clubs are successful.
In the case of Manchester City their owners have spent close to £500M on players since they took over in September of 2008 – less than three years ago – you see what we mean.
Yes, it is true that Newcastle must try to get into the top four again, but with perennial powerhouses like Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool also challenging, it will be very difficult for Newcastle to finish in the top four anytime soon.
That’s the reality of things with Newcastle right now, and of course that relegation didn’t exactly help the club much.
But at least Newcastle United are on the way back again, and building for future success – and that’s what we want to see.
But whether the lads can win anything soon, and in the lifetimes of some of us older fans – has to be questionable at best.
Well, at least some of us saw the Inter-City Fairs Cup win back in 1969 – the last trophy Newcastle United ever won.
What do you think?