Shola Ameobi Could Be In His Last Season At Newcastle


Shola Ameobi has been in communication  with Newcastle over a new contract,  but the talks have recently stalled.

Shola Ameobi – one year left on contract

That’s what’s being reported in the Sunday Sun this morning, and with Shola turning 30 in Ocotber, he will not get a long term deal on Tyneside.

If Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton cannot get long term deals at Newcastle,  then Shola will definitely not get one.

And one problem with Shola is that he has a terrible injury record, and the best Newcastle can expect from him in a season is to be fit for say half the games.

And Shola has had so many hamstring injuries in his career, we’ve lost count.

The local Newcastle striker has just one more year left in his three-year contract,  and the best we think he can expect is a two year extension- if that.

Shola will need to have a good season next term, if he is to get any extension to his contract – and that may be sad – but it’s also true with the way the Newcastle hierarchy are handling contracts.

They will not pay out big money to stars who may be past their best, and their experience with Sol Campbell last season will make them even more determined to continue in that vein.

This is what the former England U21 star told the Sunday Sun this morning:

“I want to get it sorted out, but obviously the two parties have to meet somewhere and that hasn’t been the case yet,”

“As a player, you want to feel secure. You want to know what’s going to happen for the next few years but I don’t at the moment.”

“It’s something I’m trying to get sorted but at the moment I’ve got one year left.” “A year can go very quickly and things change, as we have seen.”

For the record, Shola has made 303 appearances for Newcastle with 70 goals and 27 assists.

And with the shock news we’ve all had with Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton this summer, Shola could well be in his last season on Tyneside, especially if he has another injury ravaged campaign.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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78 comments so far

  • Stuart

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Can’t see him leaving like.

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  • Spuggy

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #2

    HMmmm makes sense not to give him another contract, and perhaps this is where the shane long rumour comes in as a replacement? Who knows.

    Big rumour is our top targets remain Erdinc and N’zog, inspite of what the media are saying.

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  • archaeomag

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #3

    There have been times when Shola has been the best half-fit striker at the club. He may not be brilliant, but he has done a job for us, and it is not his fault that the club have not replaced him, or have have sold off our strikers.

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  • Spuggy

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Another thing that strikes me is the likes of Cabaye, Marveaux even Arfa will likely to sold when they are around 28, as is makes financial sense. So we have to be prepared to let them go and get good resale for them which is sensible really – it is indeed the Arsenal model. Dunno if the players will have realised this yet though.

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  • barryvenison

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #5

    “Boss Alan Pardew was keen also to bring Charles N’Zogbia back to Newcastle, but the deal appears not to have suited United’s hierarchy.” (From the Sunday Sun). So you want a top 10 finish, but do not want to spend any money to get there?? Typical… The ‘Hierachy’ wants good, young players but are not willing give Pardew the backing to get who he wants, i.e..N’Zog and Matuidi…

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  • gazza going fishing

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t want him to leave lol, he is a legend, and always turns out against the scum!

    But at the end of the day he isn’t getting any older, so maybe letting him go on the free next season will be the best option.

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  • gazza going fishing

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Younger*

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  • This article has really ruined my Sunday.

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  • Andy

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Glad we’re not getting matuidi as where would he fit in but i’d love it if we got zog. After listening to DW on TS yday he was saying he has to sell which should either drum up more interest or make him drop his asking price

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  • Spuggy

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #10

    @ barry

    I’m unsure if N’zog is a target tbh. We have Jonas, Marveaux, Barton and Arfa who can all do a good job on the wings. I know Pardew plans to use Arfa as a withdrawn striker but if we buy another top forward then his thinking could change.

    I think he may be focusing on forwards and defenders – just a thought? Love to see Zog back though because he’s a match winner now and the threat from the forward line of Zog, Arfa, Ba and another top striker would be something to behold.

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  • @Stuart
    In regards to your comments about managers not touching newcastle with a stick in the previous article,

    The only “class” manager i can think off that would consider Newcastle is David Moyes imo… Surely Newcastle have more funds then Everton… Imo, Moyes has done the best he can at Everton and needs a new challenge/Club.

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  • Stuart

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #12

    @Vive – Moyes would be class like but I think if he leaves Everton it will be to a club where he’ll have a garunteed £20m-£30m budget every season.

    I think he’s proved himself on a shoestring, he’d now want the funds to really make a name for himself in europe.

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #13

    it will be a sad day when amoebi leaves .. but at the same time it will the best day ever .. CONFUSED

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  • i really think Moyes would be a good manager for the club, given he got the right support.

    What he has done @ everton is pretty impressive considering their empty bank vault and lack of experienced players.

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  • connor_nufc

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #15

    NOOOOOOO!!! Ameobi cannot.leave

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  • connor_nufc

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #16

    And I.just got ameobi on my third shirt!!

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  • Andy

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #17

    Moyes has done a good job but he has a ton of experience in his side. Playes like P Neville, Arteta, Saha are all experienced players. All i ever hear from everton fans is their style of football isn’t v good but i wouldn’t change our manager. Stability is what we need

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #18

    You all seem to be talking about other Managers when Pardew is here for at least the time being! Not everone would want to put up with Ashley as their boss!

    What ever happened to Stability! A great deal of mangers out their would not even consider the job simply because Ashley is the owner! I say we stick with Pardew at least until his contract is up for renewal, whenever that is?

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  • mashearer

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #19

    i thought ameobi is the one that will retire with us after shearer

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #20

    Can,t see us getting rid of Shola any time soon!

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  • Andy

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #21

    NEP – 4 and a half years time

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  • Stuart

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #22

    @NEP – Im with you to be honest, whether AP is the man for the job or not I want abit of stability at the club. If nothing else, we’ve proved in the past decade that having managers on conveyor belt doesnt win you trophies.

    Give him the 4 and half years he has left on his contract and see where we are then.

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  • Brutooon

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #23

    Ameobi is a crap and lazy striker for 98% of his 11 season in NUFC

    I do admit he score against the mackems but the mackems are so CRAP that even we put harper as striker he can easily score a hatrick

    we need a younger and better replacement for ameobi

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  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #24

    Ameobi needs to move on, both for the club and himself. I think he is a decent championship player.

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  • Toon1978

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #25

    Ashley seems unable to release funds to buy players. Pardew is expected to get the club into the top ten yet he has a paper thin squad. Feel sorry for Pardew to be honest. Going to come to a point in the near future where we will struggle to get anyone to manage this club with Ashley in charge. Before i am mobbed for the Ashley bragade, i do appreciate what Ashley has done in terms of saving the club BUT to bully someone into getting success at this club with very little backing is disgusting. Pardew should stop sticking his nose up Ashleys ass and tell him some home truths.

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  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #26

    Brutoon

    I don’t think he is lazy, probably looks like that because of his height. Not good enough for the premier league , though his goal to game ratio might tell a different story.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #27

    NEP

    Four and a half years time 🙂

    Barryvenison

    That’s a good point, IF they are actually Pardew’s targets.

    I just wish everyone would stop slagging off Pardew. It’s pathetic, just venting frustration at our owners by directing it at Pardew.

    Anyone who thinks Pardew is not interested in success, and is purely a “puppet”, is being ludicrous.

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  • hitman

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #28

    BREAKING NEWS ON SSN

    http://twitpic.com/5nr3bp

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  • Brutooon

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #29

    grumpy_old_sod

    if you are a newcastle fan, you notice that shola amoebi style of play want to follow the style of FASTINO ASPRILLA. Asprilla stykle look like “lazy” but he did it in a effective way. Ameobi on the other hand did the poor version of that

    Sorry he is 29 years old, never ever close to be the No 9 striker. we need a young replacement. If we want to go to Europe, Ameobi is not the answer

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  • Toon1978

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #30

    ToonDownSouth

    Take it that was directed in my direction. Its plain to see that Pardew does what he is told anyone that thinks otherwise is as green as grass. I feel sorry for Pardew for putting up with it.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 10, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #31

    Toon1978

    It was in no specific direction.

    But so what? I do what my boss tells me. You do what yours tells you. Every other manager does what their bosses tell them. Are we all puppets?

    Pardew is just unfortunate that he has a terrible boss, but I don’t that should reflect badly on him.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 10, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #32

    Note – Obviously I am under no illusions about Pardew being an amazing manager haha. I just think he’s a nice guy who, under a different owner, I think we would all be content with.

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  • Toon1978

    Jul 10, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #33

    ToonDownSouth

    Not saying its his fault but to get the club back to its dizzy heights then COMMUNICATION is paramount. Pardew should be allowed to voice his opinion and bring in the players he thinks will get him success and it is his neck on the block at the end of the day. I believe if Pardew had his way then N’Zogbia and Sturride would be signed up now. We still need 3 players to have a chance next season. Keeping Enrique and Barton is a must but that is not Pardew’s fault.

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  • ronjohno

    Jul 10, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #34

    His first ever season should have been his last.
    His first touch is like a shovel, hisstupid smirk when he makes a mistake (which means the smirk is near permanent) as if it doesnt matter.
    Plays as if OFFSIDE doesnt apply to him.
    Kevin Keegan certainly does not rate him and even mockingly said that “suppose at 29 he still has time to realise his potential.” Great sarcasm that.
    Every time he plays I wonder why I buy my ticket every year. He must be a good centre halfs dream.
    Yes I know he scores against Macks but that doesnt take away the fact he is useless.

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  • K4Toon

    Jul 10, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #35

    has never believed for one second stroller will be offered an extension. he’ll be released next summer, unless we get relegated again. relegation is not sth ridiculous to say for now if no more decent signings come thru and say, if HBA remains injury-prone or struggles to get back to his best and Ba’s knee happens to be a problem, the team is toothless. Marveaux has been out for 10 mths, Gosling even longer and Cabaye may take more time than expected to settle. then we are doomed with Nolan gone and Barton leaving plus Enrique wont be the same player as the saga drags on. recall our relegation form in the 2nd half of last season when the old #9 sold w/o being replaced …

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  • thepict

    Jul 10, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Sholaa is a legend and will end his career here.

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 10, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #37

    so pardew has to finish in the top ten next season…
    no pressure then!!!!

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  • Ben arfa is not blummin Injury prone… 1 injury does not make you Injury prone… otherwise every single player would be considered injury prone =.=

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  • dave 1961

    Jul 10, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Pardew is a poor excuse for a manager but as Stuart has already said who else would work for Ashley, I just hope Pardew does not take us down I just cant see enough goals in this squad to keep us up, without a couple of forwards my outlook next season is a bleak one, our hole season seems to be risked on ba. and we don’t have many kids good enough to step up, at least ones who can bag a load of goals.

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  • stestickle

    Jul 10, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #40

    shola is shocking how he has stayed at the club so long is beyond me in his 12th season and still only 48 goals haway man thats really bad

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