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Shola Ameobi Has Seen Nine Different Managers At Newcastle

8:35 am, Saturday, January 21st, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

Shola Ameobi will likely start alongside Leon Best at Craven Cottage this afternoon,  in a game that if the Magpies win will see them in 5th place ion the Premier League by tonight.

Shola Ameobi – seen 9 managers at Newcastle

Shola Ameobi has seen a  lot of managers at Newcastle since he burst onto the scene in 2000,  when he was 18 and Sir Bobby Robson was managing the club and building a good side on Tyneside.

Robson had Newcastle in the top five in his last three seasons in charge – 4th, 3rd and 5th – before he was fired by then Chairman Freddy Shepherd because 5th place wasn’t good enough.

Alan Pardew is now manager,  and it looks like he is also building a  top side, and with any luck Newcastle will qualify for Europe again by finishing high up in the league this season, but in exactly what position is an open question.

Top half of the table is the club’s official target this season, but if Newcastle can keep up their good form they could finish maybe 7th or even higher by the middle of May, when the season ends.

Shola has seen 9 managers at Newcastle in his twelve years in the first team – Bobby Robson, Graeme Souness, Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew.

Changing  managers every 18 months or so does not lead to any stability at any club, and Newcastle fans will be hoping that Alan Pardew will be on board for some time and bring some success back to the club.

Alan seems to be building a really good side on Tyneside, with more good players expected to arrive in the summer, and Newcastle just made a terrific signing in Papiss Cisse from SC Freiburg.

Shola is now 30 and has talked about two words that are very rarely used in one sentence – Newcastle and stability:

“Stability wise, everyone seems to be moving in the same direction, which is crucial for any successful team, in my eyes. I have been here when managers have changed every couple of seasons and you just don’t quite get that sense of stability.”

“Obviously with Chris Hughton, before Alan, he brought that sense of stability in and as players, we just felt we were going somewhere. And that is the sense we are getting now.”

“That means to an end as it were – pushing for a common goal. And that goal is to finish as high as we can and to try to get into Europe.”

“That is something the manager spoke to us about at the start of the season. He told the players in pre-season that was his objective and that is where we are trying to go”

“We have a small squad and the manager has always spoken about wanting to get another striker in. Cisse had a fantastic season last time in the Bundesliga. He is a top, top player so, like everyone else, I’m excited.It’s great news.”

“Our focus has been on Fulham on Saturday, but we’ll welcome him with open arms when he comes – hopefully he will be injury free from the Africa Cup of Nations.”

“People ask if I get worried about someone new coming in. Do you know what? You would think that, in a way, it would disappoint me but, really, it doesn’t.”

“As I’ve always said, we have had numerous strikers come in since I have been here and it does not change for me.”  “At the end of the day, you’ve got to fight for places at every club and it is no different here.”

“For me, it makes you work harder. When a top player comes in, you know you have to fight harder and do better to get a place in the team and that can only bode well for the club.”

“I have always seen it that way. I always try to look at the bigger picture. Hopefully, it can only bode well for the club.”

The signing of Cisse will put extra pressure on strikers like Shola Ameobi and Leon Best, who will probably be up front for Newcastle this afternoon.

But  Alan Pardew has also managed to get the players indoctrinated into a team ethic, and how the team does always  takes priority over individual performances, and the team spirit in the dressing room is just excellent.

Ameobi has scored only one goal this season, and he is due some goals soon, so hopefully the 6’2″ striker could get one this afternoon.

For the record Shola has 71 goals in 318 appearances for Newcastle since making his debut against Chelsea on 9th September 2000.

We’re hoping we can get at least a point at Craven Cottage this afternoon, but it would also be very nice to be in 5th place by this evening.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse · Shola Ameobi



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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nimo // Jan 21, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    if anyone has seen my team i posted on last thread please copy n paste for me.. thanks

  • 2 PortsladeToon // Jan 21, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    As a side note, what does anyone think of AC going to WHUFC in the summer “only if they get promoted though” i have been told this is nearly a dead cert if they do get promoted.

  • 3 check the toastie // Jan 21, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Sholas just happy picking up his wages and playing a bit part, he just loves chilling out in the toon, on the pitch and off it.

  • 4 LewSpi // Jan 21, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    roshan MAGPIE

    You have a relationship with the caps lock KEY which I find impossible to comprehend. I could understand IF you were emphasising key words but you don’t, you seem to highlight THE unimportant ones.

    I’ve been meaning to say this for a while, it makes for strange reading.

  • 5 check the toastie // Jan 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    nice of Ed to put an article up about Shola, i imagine it is going to be a full morning of Shola Bashing on the blog, bit of a shame really, but the boy for me has never put the right amount of effort in for a professional ‘athlete’. Love to see the data on distance ran and percieved effort he pust in every game, he will be at it again this afternoon, some of his performances for the club have been embarrasing, Arsenal this year springs to mind..

  • 6 partizanovec // Jan 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Shola should not start today. He was lazy against QPR, put a little effort in that game and did not deserves starting berth.
    I would go for this line up, 4-2-3-1:
    Krul
    Simmo-Willo-Collo-Santoon
    R.Taylor-Guthrie
    Oba-HBA-Jonas
    Best

  • 7 ArtyH // Jan 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Just read a ridiculous article about ” should Cisse be given the #9 shirt “. How bloody ridiculous? He is s C.F and bought as a C.F so he gets the shirt. What was Pardew supposed to do , spend £10m and then give him some ” unknown # ” ? What a way to break someones confidence before they even kick a football. Thank heaven for common sense, and Pardew has that in spades. Lets be fair Shola was never going to get the #9, Best was unlikely to get it and Demba Ba did not want it as 19 is a lucky # for him, and the way he is playing he is welcome to it and long may it continue.
    Just MHO on the #9 shirt.

  • 8 Nufc-83 // Jan 21, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    I don’t like the bashing of our player and sometimes its totally uncalled for however i have seen a large number of people saying shoal has been playing well and doing his job as a target man!!!! As a premeirship striker and being his size the least i expect is to win a few headers and hold of a few tackles. He is no goal threat at all if you look at other target men drogba, crouch and zamora for instance they get the ball down get in the box and take up good position etc. Shola will win a few headers not bother getting into the box he is shocking and as for loyalty its clearly because nobody would take him

  • 9 Colocool // Jan 21, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    I got one word for Bambi…. Legend !!! He must be doin something right to keep impressing these managers over the years …so for an average footballer who shlda never made it to a premier league club to keep playing at this level he is a LEGEND !!!

  • 10 jasper // Jan 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    I sometimes wonder if the Shola haters actually go to the games. Against QPR he was closing down the defenders in possession as I am sure he had been told to do and covered a lot of ground doing this thankless task.
    He has always done his best for us, unlike some trophy signings one could mention. I remember how he kept us going when Shearer get suspended in the CL, something forgotten by others.
    As a target man he is the strongest forward we have. He can bully most CH, make room to be able to take the ball on his chest or to feet and hold it up. When he has the ball at his feet in the area he can beat defenders and they are leery of challenging him there. He is useful in the air, in particular he wins a lot of balls defending corners.
    My only concern so far as what he could make an effort to do better is that when we are on the attack he should be trying to get into a scoring position more often, make runs to the near or far post before the ball gets there.
    Ok he is not the best forward we have, and is probably 3rd/4th choice now, but he does a job when needed and is reliable. Every club needs a Shola to fill in when injury or ACON comes along, or on the bench.
    There is far too much abuse of players on this site. Constructive criticism is one thing, abuse another.

  • 11 Ollie666 // Jan 21, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    I can see this team for today
    Krul
    Simmo Willo Colo Santon
    BenArfa R.Taylor Guthrie Guti
    Best Ameobi(SH)

  • 12 jakesome // Jan 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    think that picture of strolla at the top has been photoshopped because it shows him running…..

  • 13 Brutooon // Jan 21, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Shola Ameobi is not a Legend

    Just a SHIT and Lazy Home Based Player who is rejected by Stoke and Nigeria. Therefore he stuck with us. Stuck with us doesnt make him LOYAL, its just that NO CLUB WANT HIM !!!!

    All the nine managers rather quit Newcastle than to see Shola Ameobi

    Alan Shearer even said he is happy with Demba Cisse signing, this indirectly says AMEOBI IS SHIT AND LAZY




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