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Pardew – Ameobi Not Going To AFCON – Can He Do That?

4:50 pm, Monday, December 24th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 152 Comments

The BBC is reporting today that Newcastle’s hero on Saturday, Shola Ameobi, will not be going to the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) next month in Nigeria’s squad, and that’s according to his manager Alan Pardew.

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Ameobi scored a fantastic winner against QPR

Shola was named in the provisional Nigerian squad only last week by manager Stephen Keshi – but the news is that Alan Pardew has said the 31 year-old striker will not be taking part in the tournament.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

“Shola won’t be going. The national team manager knows the reasons, which I am keeping to myself.”

Shola picked up his first ever International cap when he came on for Nigeria in their 3-1 win over Venezuela in Miami last month, and he got rave reviews from Keshi after the game, and it was assumed he would be in the final squad and therefore miss up to six weeks playing for Newcastle while he was in South Africa for the AFCON.

But we also remember that Newcastle were not allowed to play Papiss Cisse in the next Premier League  game,  when the Tyneside club refused to allow him to travel to play for Senegal in a friendly match recently, because of a back injury, and we wonder if the law is on Alan’s side in preventing Shola from playing in South Africa?

Of course if Demba Ba leaves Newcastle next month, we will be very short of strikers, since we only have three experienced ones at the club at present, after we let both Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands leave in the summer, and we could lose two  if Ba leaves and Shola goes to the AFCON – although Newcastle are trying to bring Loic Remy into the club next month.

It’s OK for Alan to say Shola’s not going, but we believe the clubs have to release the players for the tournament, and remember what Senegal did after Cisse wasn’t released for a mere friendly game.

But of course the clubs pay the wages of these players,  and we’ve had both Tim Krul and Fab Coloccini come back injured from playing in Internationals already this season.

This is a strange statement from the Newcastle manager, and we would expect he’s been in contact with the Nigerian Football Federations on this, and maybe he persuaded Keshi not to pick Shola in his final squad.

There’s also a possibility that Pardew knows that Demba Ba will be on his way in January, and that’s one of the reasons he wants Ameobi to stay at home and not play in the AFCON – and maybe that is reason enough?

There’s lots of questions about this story – to be sure.

What do you think?

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Tags: African Cup Of Nations · Newcastle News · Shola Ameobi

152 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie // Dec 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Merry Christmas All

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Falling headfirst mortal drunk into a Yule tide fire is too good for Ashley.

  • 3 Indian Magpie // Dec 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    First Cisse at olympics now this donkey

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Allan Pardew double speak should say
    ”Shola has offered to stay because Demba Ba is off in the New Year and we’ve got to look at the quality we’ve already got in the biwdin as is a difficult period to get new faces over the line ”

  • 5 Joe Blog // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM


    Nail on the head. “Ba will be leaving in early January, we’ll be bartering through to the end of the month, to perhaps get a replacement in, if the deal is right for us, in the meantime we’ll need Shola.”

  • 6 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    If the club has blocked wor shola from going to the ACON then it’s a disgrace, especially as its shola, he’s as loyal as they come and has never spoken or acted in anyway other than professionally
    The boy deserve’s to go and if were blocking him going through fear of ba leaving and not being replaced then that is a travesty

  • 7 Spreadthetoon // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    “Shola won’t be going. The national team manager knows the reasons, which I am keeping to myself.”

    Is that code for we’ll loose Ba… if I loose a first teamer I bring in two line is a whole load of carp! Guess so….reasons, which I am keeping to myself….what between you the fat controller and lambs arse…you just couldn’t get any players over the line…….that about right couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery……..f’ing tawts!

  • 8 Indian Magpie // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    French club Bastia in their latest game scored 4 goals from corners.

  • 9 wreker16 // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM


    Exactly, “besides we need him to churn up long ball as cisse isn’t performing”………

    Again, that’s gotta be what he means

  • 10 Penal Institution for Pardew // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Micheal Barrymore’s best TV moments is too good a Xmas present for Pardew.

  • 11 MacToon // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Oh poor Shola, his one chance to play in an international tourny but is remaining loyal to the club.
    Does it sound promising for incomings? 😉

    Such a valuable 3 points on Saturday and must say there’s some rubbish posted on this blog, some of the comments during the match defy belief at times.

    Anyway, onwards and upwards, let’s hope for a successful transfer window and a rapid climb up the table from Santa.

  • 12 Mister Tuff // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    toon @6 if your thoughts are correct -it is an absolute disgrace. Stealing someones dreams is the worst ever action by one person to another. They can never be reclaimed.

  • 13 BelfastMagpie // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Goodbye to the new striker then.

  • 14 BelfastMagpie // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Most of the garbage is posted by you mactoon. 🙂

  • 15 Indian Magpie // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Nigeria may call on odemwingie now. blessing in disguise!!!

    Ho Ho Ho

  • 16 Spreadthetoon // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Goodbye to anyone coming in….

    Shatter a local lads dreams after all his loyalty to the club….never seen Shola complain about anything and this is how he’s treated…….wonder what its gonna be like in the dressing room come Boxing day!

  • 17 MacToon // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Most but not all belfast 😉

  • 18 Penal Institution for Pardew // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Pardew’s Reasoning is long worth ignoring anyway, glad he’s kept it to himself.

  • 19 BelfastMagpie // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    If anybody starts saying Cabaye & Taylor will be like new signings this transfer window, i’m hanging myself.

    You’ve all been warned. 🙂

  • 20 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Shola is staying at home because Ba is definitely going to another club but a striker might not not necessarily arrive. Only explanation he can give an international manager that would work. Apart from adding that Cisse is also a possible leaver 🙁 that would definitely work.

    Anyone got Shefki’s number ?

  • 21 Spreadthetoon // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Any player hitting form will be like a new signing …surely Belfast…besides with Shola missing out on his dreams…he is our new signing…LOL 🙂

  • 22 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Shefqis a non starter Oldham or Burnley pay better.

  • 23 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Belfast no but saylor cabs AND Hatem WILL be like new signings. For Gateshead, Man U and Chelski respectively.

  • 24 Indian Magpie // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    I was kind of hoping for a shola less January and February.

    Now the spectre of him in a NUFC starting line up will surely give me mares

  • 25 BelfastMagpie // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    It happens every window.

    It was Taylor & Marveaux last window.
    Steven Taylor has been like a new signing about 10 times. 🙂

  • 26 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Anyway merry Christmas to all my fellow bloggers lets see what Ebenezer Mashley brings us in the New year.

  • 27 ONLINE GUY // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Don’t do it Belfast ..Don’t Do it !. Its not worth it man .

  • 28 Tommyy // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Extremely selfish by Pardew, Sholas only chance to play at a big tournament internationally in his entire career.
    Also looks like we are either losing Ba or noone is coming in. Great.
    To be honest everything NUFC is making me rather bitter and frustrated at the moment, especially Pardew’s interviews.

  • 29 BelfastMagpie // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    It’s secret code for shite transfer window.

  • 30 obatoyou // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Is Campbell fit? Give him a go

  • 31 MacToon // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Is it such a secret?

    Considering the huge hike in TV revenue next season, Ashley would be mad not to protect his investment this January.
    Btw Gosling will be like a new signing too!

  • 32 nick_9 // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    I think shola deserved to go so I hope the decision mates with him and had no pressure from the club. If we have blocked him from going I cannot see it bringing any positives. There’s talk of a divide between cisse and Ba, cisse was unhappy at being subbed, colo had a falling out with Pards and cabaye was rumoured to be unhappy at the Start of the season. I hope the rumours of dressing room unrest are untrue but some cracks are appearing

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    I’ve always given Pards my backing (except that first week when I was bitterly disappointed in his arrival) but I am losing respect for him with every new presser.

  • 34 BelfastMagpie // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Oh shit forgot about Gõsling.

    Our squad will be massive. 😉

  • 35 Beattie25 // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    This is such a funny statement and further proof that Pards needs some media training.

    It is either the worst attempt to disguise the fact that Ba is off on 1st Jan without a replacement coming in or he is speaking bullshit and trying to keep Shola here to add numbers as we have no striker coming in.

    Either way we have no striker coming in.

    Also has anyone seen Paul Merson’s prediction about Man Ure away? 5-0 he reckons! Ha ha ha.

    Anyone who thinks it’ll be less than 6-0 is a mug.


  • 36 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Beattie I think it may be 3 or 4 nil. But then I am a SD Mug.

  • 37 bills-son // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Those of you slating Pardew for not wanting Shola to go to the ACON must be on the Xmas sherry. NOTHING is more important than the Toon doing everything they can to minimise the possibility of going down. Shola gives us a physical option that none of our other strikers offer and he is a proven impact sub. If Shola goes, Ba stays and we sign another striker we are no better off numbers wise than we are now for six weeks of the season. How the fk can Shola not going to the ACON be anything other than good news for us fans???

  • 38 Rotonda heights // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Pardew talking b…s..t. Surely not!!!

  • 39 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Indian you could give us and shola a break, and save the embarrassment he puts you through every time he pops up with a vital goal 🙂

  • 40 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Having said that if Strolla is our only 2nd striker option come February, I hope I get gloves with padded palms for crimbo.

  • 41 t00ntime // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    @nick_9 if u read my message u wud of known i said our only attacking players were ba, cisse, anita (forgot santon) i never once said perch and tiote were attacking…

    All i said was people were throwing a tantrum because it was too defensive for against QPR, when the only player we really cud of changed was marv for jonas. (obertan was just back from injury so starting him cud of been a mistake, look at hba).
    And AP said after the match “i see them in training the fans dont”
    So maybe in training marv is average, and the fans (us) over rate him…

    But anyway my main point was, lots of fans (on twitter mostly) were calling for AP’s head because he played defensive, which makes no sense.

  • 42 Indian Magpie // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    How many Vital goals has he scored in PL. He only has 40 in Pl since 2001

  • 43 Beattie25 // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM


    Somethings are more important than good news for us fans, like the chance for 1 man who has given his entire career to NUFC getting the 1 chance he’ll have to play football in a major competition for the country of his birth.

    If it is the case that having better numbers at NUFC is more important than playing in the AFCON why is Tiote still going.

    It isn’t good news it is bad news. No new striker.

  • 44 toonLYF // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    to be fair losing Demba and not getting a replacement is not too bad.

    Ben Arfa coming back and Shola staying should see us through to the summer where we can get our target in for about 1-2m less than we would have to pay in January.

    I am of course being painfully sarcastic in attempt to lure my mind into thinking we’ll definitely sign 2-3 players, so i can have a good Christmas without breaking down every 5 minutes at what has happened to my team since September 😀

    Merry Christmas all.

  • 45 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    I think its best to remember that Twitston is another place populated mainly by know-nowts like us. And by ‘us’ I do of course mean all of you. Except Ketsy. He’s a ruddy genius.

  • 46 bills-son // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Beattie, you and any other fan glorying in the thought of the Toon getting stuffed by another team are an absolute disgrace to the word fan. Real fans are sick to the pit of their stomach everytime their team loses no matter who owns it, manages it or plays for it. There is no excuse NONE for wishing a defeat on the Toon or, like some other morons on here, wishing an injury on a player they dont like.

    Absolute shysters the lot of you.

  • 47 Beattie25 // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:51 PM


    you cock, do you really think I believe for one minute that we will get beat 6-0?

    Good some people have no sense of humour.

  • 48 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Agree billson maybe not even in jest (hangs head)

    Yes Indian, I am aware of the stats, but to point out the obvious, he’s wedging it up you lately isn’t he? Hmm. On second thoughts, keep going with the bashing, it obviously improves him. 🙂

  • 49 Indian Magpie // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    IF any of you see


    tell him i was looking for him

  • 50 croftus5678 // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    good thing is we will have saylor/raylor/arfa/cabaye back in the new year which will make us a lot stronger like new signings 😉
    but ye i think ba is going (love him to stay though) but seeing as sooooo many of our fans have faith in him (i’m a little more reserved) cisse had better step up as he will have noting to blame if he doesnt start scoring goals.
    no expert either but i hope rumours are true on the marsille lad as he does look quality from what i have seen of him.

  • 51 Spreadthetoon // Dec 24, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Personally I think we have the potential and the players to muster out 4 or 5 points….a lot depends on the players….but more so how AP deploys em.

    Am I happy Shola’s about….yes as a toon fan but that purely from my own selfish perspective…..but if its at the expense of shattering his dreams…no I am not. AP needs to man manage, inspire and empower our team and players to be the best that they can be. IMO he’s heading in the right direction but he’s got a long way to go…..if you think otherwise you need your head examined!
    Also not happy with the press statement….”for reasons I’m going to keep to myself” mean very realistically we’ll loose Ba with no replacement, let alone the pledge that Pardew said about if we lost a 1st team they would be replaced with two. I cannot tell you how fcuked off I am and how disappointed I will be if we end up with the same debacle as we had last window…but sadly now resigned to that possibility…….:(

  • 52 Spreadthetoon // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Also looked on the club website and it look like we might recall some of our reserve players out on loan this Jan…so are they new signings as well!

  • 53 croftus5678 // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    well…if there was a chance that toon will go down……and there is….would you risk sending away your only other striker to make yourself a lot weaker ?
    i think the situation pards has got i right as atm some are saying its not right its ameobi’s dream ect ect but if we did get relegated what would the fans be blaming ?

  • 54 BelfastMagpie // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Twitter is called ” twatter ” for a reason.

    It’s full of twats. 🙂

  • 55 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    I have started wrapping the pictures in bubble wrap. Any spare cardboard boxes anyone? I will miss OV. Happy Times (sniff) 🙁

  • 56 Indian Magpie // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Whom should we be blaming? pardew the patsy, llambias the turd and ashley the rat

  • 57 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    I seem to have upset a few people with my post at 21. I was kidding, chin up!

  • 58 Indian Magpie // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    its not just post # 21

  • 59 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Obviously for pardew staying up is the priority
    But that shouldn’t be at the expense of shola if were short its down to the board to bring players in and denying are players the chance to represebt there country at a major international tournament is not on at all

    Croftus/bills son
    I think the fans have every right to sympathise with shola on this he’s given his all for this club, even risking his carerr playing with severe injuries when no one else would he’s never recovered from playing with that hip injury and how many players would play with a broken cheek?
    The club owe him this privilage and if we got relegated croftus the fans would rightly be blaming the board for not having enough cover in, this is the risk you run having 3 african strikers, not sholas fault or pardews

  • 60 BelfastMagpie // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    All you’re posts upset me Spunki.

  • 61 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    What can i do for you

  • 62 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Does this quote from Pardew not really worry any of you guys or is it just me ?

    “Shola won’t be going. The national team manager knows the reasons, which I am keeping to myself.”

    I think it either means that Ba is virtually a goner and everyone at the club knows it, or we might not get a striker depending on if we get held to ransom and back out because of price issues.

  • 63 nightfa11 // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    we must sign a replacement for ba..or everyone will want to leave..hba, cabaye, santon..we can just forget about them..we’ll end up with simmo & willo as our centerbacks..

  • 64 Indian Magpie // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:17 PM


    Can i add the # of goals Shola has scored at international level. #castyourmindback

  • 65 Indian Magpie // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    okay i gotta go. good night. merry christmas jingle bells.

    jungle bells here at nufc

  • 66 Spreadthetoon // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Agreed staying up is a priority…..but all the signs coming out the club are that we are probably not gonna sign anyone….possibly one at best. It signals to our better players that the board have no ambition and are quite happy to trundle along with a thread bare squad… even states on the club website that they may recall some of our reserve players from other clubs…..well if the rest of our fringe players are anything to go by then I do not see that improving the situation.
    DL/MA are IMO 50% to blame for the poor transfer window of last; AP 40% at fault for (a) not convincing the board last window and (b) playing players outside their strengths (c) being tactically naive this season – you cannot do the same thing season in season out – you have to adapt….you get injuries you adapt…what does AP do…..stick to the same and fudge players into a system that is both obvious and has not been working….its so obvious to see….all teams have been pushing us back and deep and then when we have the initiative to attack such as QPR……we field the wrong players…its incredibly frustrating to witness and is negative – 10% on players who either have promised and underdelivered or just not hit the same heights as last season.

  • 67 BelfastMagpie // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    I would say the most likely thing thats happened, We cant get Remy on the cheap,so we’re not signing a striker.

    So Shola stays.

  • 68 ash1001 // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Am not a Shola lover, but Pardew you are the muppet of all muppets, its the lads chance to play on the big stage, probably his only one, so get your finger out, wind your neck in, shut up and let him go. At the end of the day along with the other muppets upstairs your the reason why we have not got a good enough squad.
    Presume you are going to stop Tiote as well – fairs fair.

    And as for your spat with Colo, and your non explanation, explination that just shows the sort of guy you are, if you just thought before you opened your mouth, then things would be a lot better, you have just about got more air time than the the PM and we are in a worse state than the country. Concentrate on getting things right on the field ie Man Utd have scored 5 goals from corners this season we have not scored from the last 235

  • 69 Transfer Sage // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    I imagine ameobi will withdraw himself from the squad.

    Pardew can’t stop him. He could tell ameobi he won’t get selected on return, or that he will look to sell him, etc.

    Either pardew has threatened shola with the above or shola has just decided he would rather stay at Newcastle and continue to fight
    for his place (from recent interviews with pards and that goal he may be in the first team next month).

  • 70 obatoyou // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Of course ba is going, his wage and incentives will double or triple if he does, imagine someone wanted to triple ur wage of course you’d accept

  • 71 obatoyou // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Lol pardew will look to sell amoebi heh they just gave him a new contract

  • 72 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Cheers for that Belfast – I suppose its an upgrade from Skunki>

    Indian – If 100% of my posts upset you, job done.

  • 73 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Dont need to i know exactly what your about, bit harsh having a dig at his international goal tally when were banning him from going i’d imagine he’s absolutly gutted especially when there national manager spoke so highly of him, surely even you can’t be taking pleasure in this

    I think blaming exclusivley pardew is harsh, i think the decision is a disgrace but his hand might be being forced by the mob upstairs

  • 74 JP...from The Rock // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Merry Christmas everyone!! 😀

  • 75 Transfer Sage // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    I do genuinely hope this was Sheila’s choice though.

    Representing your country (this is shola’s place of birth and home until 8 years old) is a massive honour.

    For me international football isn’t the highest quality but it’s the highest achievement (and probably shola’s best chance of winning a trophy).

    Hope it’s a decision he doesn’t regret or has had forced on him.

    Anyway, I’m done for the night. Merry christmas everyone. Lets all try to enjoy the Boxing Day game regardless of the result.

  • 76 croftus5678 // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    like it or not shola is our best chance of scoring if ba goes with his hight and strength as cisse just does not look like he can hit anything on target atm.
    and who says if and who we sign to replace ba will start scoring or get many goals…i agree we owe shola a lot and we have no right to keep him at the club but if things go pear shaped we would turn on the team and start saying its pards fault for letting shola go..imo better safe than sorry than take a risk for no reason.

  • 77 Rake // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    So Pardew says Cisse needs to score or he will get dropped for Shola. Now Shola isn’t going to the AFCON …
    I think it’s clear Pardew said he would play him up top with Ba if he stayed. Failing that Ba will leave and Shola will play up top with Cisse.

  • 78 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Happy xmas mate hope you have a good one

  • 79 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    tads – I honestly think all concerned will be ok considering the situation. Would there be any possibility of a late call if we got Remy in early in jan? whats the cutoff date for player registration for ACoN anyhooooo?

  • 80 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Dont think the cut off is that late tbf mid jan?
    Mate reckon shola would be gutted like

  • 81 croftus5678 // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    i personally think that is a good option either ba or cisse with shola but i prefere ba as he is more complete and rotate the 2 to try keep them happy.
    better for shola aswell as he will get regular football which will be more apealing than international as if i remember right ameobi really wanted to play for england some years back and not nigeria anyways

  • 82 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Well I’ve fitted my last kitchen for a few weeks ha ha.

  • 83 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    I know Shola will be gutted but I cant think of a player besides perhaps Saylor who would bite down for the sake of NUFC. Tugrags like Indian do my head in banging on about him but for me the lad is a proper Mag as well as a Mag player. In the end of the day he probably realises this is his swansong at the Toon so it wont be all bad, especially if he ends up helping us to a late season turnaround.

  • 84 nick_9 // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Guys if Pardew has gone all cryptic wanting Shola to stay then its obvious there is a reason for this. We either aren’t signing someone so don’t have a third choice striker coming in whilst he is away or Ba is off so we need him. In all honesty I didn’t believe it until now but I think Ba could be off, I don’t think he is an arsenal type of player but he gets goal so you never know. I think his destination would be more like Liverpool or abroad but I’m starting to believe more and more that he is gone. Recent reports in France linking him to arsenal in the first week of January, that would explain why shola cannot leave. If Ba does go straight away it is obvious Pardew knew so I it takes us anther four weeks to sign a striker I will be pi55ed. I actually think 5 in midfield and 1 striker suits our players best but if we don’t have cover for cisse we are stuffed

  • 85 eaststandgeordie1982 // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:56 PM


    Where you from mate?

  • 86 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Dont worry nick – Obertan will cover for Cisse. Or HBA. Or Santon. Campbell will cover for them.

  • 87 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    eastand – complicated to answer but I live in durham area.

  • 88 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    I am also 6’1″ tall, slim with grey/green eyes…….

  • 89 eaststandgeordie1982 // Dec 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM


    If your a kitchen fitter do you have a tiler or plasterer that you use???

  • 90 eaststandgeordie1982 // Dec 24, 2012 at 7:01 PM



  • 91 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    ha ha no I am not really a kitchen fitter mate (its kind of a crap blog joke after a comment I made about doing that instead of watching a match) and I couldnt tile a scrabble board. I do know a plasterer though but I thought they were easy to get hold of? Where are you like?

  • 92 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    gotta go for an hour sorry brb though.

  • 93 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 24, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Very true dont think indian magpie what shola has put his body through for the toon, like i said the lad has damaged his own career playing through injuries especially when sicknotes owen and martins were here!
    By the way kudos on your catchy dustbin comment pretty fair assesment given the amount of rubbish he spouts!!

  • 94 eaststandgeordie1982 // Dec 24, 2012 at 7:06 PM


    Haha i didnt see that post, im over at seaton delaval im a tiler and plasterer mate just thought i could of got some graft.

  • 95 thepict // Dec 24, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    A disgusting way to treat a loyal and professional player.

  • 96 Graeme // Dec 24, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Pardew and our Illustrious Owner have had 2 years to strengthen the team and last winter and summer, they failed miserably.

    I am no great admirer of Shola, as a Striker, but he gives his all for NUFC and always has done. To deny Bambi his last hurrah, having been selected for his Country of Birth is despicable, beyond belief.

    Pardwho and the Management should hang their heads in shame if they have coerced him into giving up his last chance to represent Nigeria at this stage in his life.

  • 97 Penal Institution for Pardew // Dec 24, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    If i could take two big defeats for Pardew in exchange for him definately leaving i would take them, lets face it the defeats will happen anyway.

    ‘All i want for Xmas is Pardew Sacked, Pardew Sacked, Pardew Sacked’,

    ‘All i want for Xmas is Pardew sacked, and i wish you all a Merry Xmas.

  • 98 Pound for Pardew // Dec 24, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Waking up at 1oclock in the morning xmas day and being told to go back to bed as its too early, is too good for Pardew.

  • 99 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    I wonder if Dirk ‘hardball’ Dastardly has threatened young Sammi’s career if Shola doesn’t withdraw from the ACON, if you think I’m being over the top remember how ‘orrible we ‘ave been reminded he is….

  • 100 GeordieoftheSouth // Dec 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    NFF spokesman Olajire: “The coach is not aware of this. We will do all within us to see that Shola Ameobi is released to us.”

  • 101 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Our best ever owner could have done a lot to minimize our possible relegation by spending some of that, AC, season ticket and Sky TV money on two or three more players last summer, then Pards might not have had to publicly state that he wanted Senegal to lose to the Ivory coast and losing Shola for a month would have been the last thing we were worried about sitting fourth or fifth top with Man U and Arsenal coming up.

  • 102 ONLINE GUY // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Ashley slavering all over Derek sez
    “Can we not go down to that other nice oder /other.. league Derek, the one where we won lots of Game thingy’s Last time , And scored lots of doe’s goal things wiv the Wownd ball , slobber slaver , I liked it there Derwek “…

  • 103 Cool Hand Luke // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    @ Jail. I do believe he was somewhat of an ‘orribww kant when on the blowaaah to the LFC chairman. Something about trying to mug him off in frant of his pals

  • 104 ONLINE GUY // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Ashley Slobbering all over Derek Sez ..

    ” I want that other league Dewek, The one that’s sideways ..Its not downward’s IS it Derwek ? ..I remenwer when we won against Gwimbsy twown, Twenty Eleventeen.” Slobber slaver .

  • 105 breno95 // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Anyone out there know anything on the ST Ettienne CF the club have been linked with or have all been sent to bed early ready for Santa?

  • 106 ONLINE GUY // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Ashley sez to Derek slavering all over him
    ” d pwess and d supporters are saying dat I have made lot’s of mwistakes Dewek.. What’s a mwistake Dewek ? do day taste nice ? I want one I want one !! ”
    (Jumping up and down)

  • 107 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    As we have been linked with every available or possibly available French national that could maybe play for his country or ancestral home I’m finding it hard to keep up.

  • 108 breno95 // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Looks as though all the kids have gone to bed – no wait online guy is still up posting utter shite. Get to bed little boy or Santa won’t leave you any toys….

  • 109 ONLINE GUY // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Breno , You had a humour by pass you Fu**ng Prick.

  • 110 ONLINE GUY // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:36 PM


  • 111 breno95 // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    With that retort you are asking if have no sense of humour.

  • 112 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Or bills,
    Is the reason we’re not spending is because that 130 M interest free loan which after 45M in transfer profit is still 130 M, or is there something we’re not being told.

  • 113 ONLINE GUY // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:40 PM


  • 114 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Do they know it’s Christmas time at all 😀

  • 115 breno95 // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Capital letters. Shouting down your keyboard. What a hard little man you must be online guy.

  • 116 ONLINE GUY // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Goodnight Breno, Merry Christmas son.

  • 117 ONLINE GUY // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Hey Im trying to get away Breno..please stop making nasty comments start something and I cant really be bothered with you so just F off.

  • 118 ONLINE GUY // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Now now Breno ..F**k off son.

  • 119 ONLINE GUY // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Really though Breno ,,Merry Christmas and good will to all men .. Night son.

  • 120 breno95 // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    You forgot to put caps on divvy.
    As for number 95 it maybe my birth year but one can only assume yours is 2005 making you just 7 years old judging by the content of your posts and reaction to comments.
    Get to sleep little man or its no presents for you.

  • 121 breno95 // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    You forgot “peace on earth”.
    As you have got out of your strop merry Xmas and a happy new year

  • 122 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Fight fight fight……

  • 123 kevymartins // Dec 24, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Its chrismas eve and you bellends are still fighting ..cocks

  • 124 Graeme // Dec 24, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Kevy – isnt “bellend” rather complimentary in the circumstances??

  • 125 One comment a day // Dec 24, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Why would anyone buy Ba at his prices? Can’t insure him, £4 million a year in wages 5 year contract £7.5 million fee. £2 million to agent. £30 mill and he could play 5 minutes and never play again, the new club would get nowt! Bargain that!

  • 126 croftus5678 // Dec 24, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    o.k. i’m no saint but was there any need for the caps and abuse for all to see ? if you have a grudge take it to private please.

  • 127 AndyNUFC // Dec 24, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Alreet lads? Long time observer but hard to be a poster these days! Anyways just to say that this is hands down the go to site for NUFC… Ed, all things considered you deserve a medal the size of a frying pan for this blog. A shining light in the darkness of a black and white jungle. Merry Christmas lads and I’ll come back to say a happy new year but hopefully with a coupon buster against ManU under work belts!

  • 128 ONLINE GUY // Dec 24, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Right Breno ..Just got back from dropping a Turkey off other side of Village ..Reminded me of you . Merry Christmas…please let me get downstairs this time ? all the best mate.

  • 129 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 24, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Glad to see the Christmas spirit has found its way on to the blog 🙂

  • 130 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Shut it !

  • 131 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 24, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Remember lads, 35 minutes per kilo 😉

  • 132 89Norcal // Dec 24, 2012 at 9:32 PM


    Do yourself a favor man, don’t bother posting comments and don’t read them either, you’ll be suicidal within minutes.

  • 133 nufc786 // Dec 24, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a Pardew in a pear tree.
    On the Second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Two Timmy Dives.
    And a Pardew in a pear tree!
    On the Third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Three French men!
    Two Timmy Dives and a Pardew in a pear tree!
    On the Fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me Four Colo birds
    Three French men, Two Timmy Dives and a Pardew in a pear tree!
    On the Fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 5-0 wins!
    Four Colo birds, Three French men, Two Timmy Dives and a Pardew in a pear tree!
    On the Sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Six Shola’s slaying
    5-0 wins, Four Colo birds, Three French men, Two Timmy Dives and a Pardew in a pear tree!

  • 134 JAMSHA // Dec 24, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    meri xmas toon armys 🙂

  • 135 croftus5678 // Dec 24, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    @jail for ashley

    You must have been born on a highway cuz thats where most accidents happen

  • 136 89Norcal // Dec 24, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    As worried as I am, I’m looking forward to January, because our transfer activity will basically show beyond a reasonable doubt if the fat heads upstairs are serious about helping NUFC progress as a football club.

    And sorry but I do hope Ba leaves First because we invested more in Cisse who is also class and second, I think the negatives of his personality are rearing their head. He IS somewhat selfish and he’s the polar opposite of Cisse.

    Even if pardew strong-armed him and threw him on the bench, I’m afraid how it might affect the locker room and his own form.

  • 137 Graeme // Dec 24, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Pappa, stick it in oven at 2345 on 100c and just leave it all night – you will have a perfectly cooked, juicy turkey waiting for you by lunchtime. it works, believe me lol

  • 138 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 24, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    In light of my great Christmas mood I would just like to add that as long as an international match is scheduled within the FIFA International Match Calendar clubs are obligated to release their players for national team duty. Otherwise, clubs are well within their rights to hold on to their players. Being the ones paying the players’ salaries, they naturally want to protect their assets and prevent unnecessary injuries to their stars.

    Seeing as Newcastle has games to play during the ACON and if they need Ameobi then club comes before country. Some might think otherwise, but is doesn’t change the fact.

    Is the ACON within the FIFA International Match Calendar?

    Well merry Christmas everyone – see you in the new year!

  • 139 Graeme // Dec 24, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Jesper, seasons greetings to you and your family, hope you are all well?

    Yes, ACN is FIFA sanctioned and clubs must release any players called up by their countries.

  • 140 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Yo ho ho 🙂

  • 141 Magpies-till-d3ath // Dec 24, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Sounds like Pardew knows that we’re not signing any strikers next month!:(

  • 142 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 24, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Greetings to you and your loved ones too Graeme 🙂

    …then surely Ameobi should go if that’s the case; otherwise Newcastle can do what they think is best for the club!

  • 143 OhSholaAmeobi // Dec 24, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    For the record, the only people who have ever said Ba is going are the media, and we know how trustworthy they are.
    Don’t want Remy, he’s not good enough. Marseille lose two of their own strikers to ACON anyhow.

  • 144 bottle // Dec 24, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    And my Christmas wish is that Pardew becomes Catchy’s bitch and signs everyone on Kets wishlist.

    And Beattie gets over his surfeit of optimism.

    And we play 4-3-3 so all those formation obsessives can go to the toilet again.

    And we get at least 2 points from the next two games and ideally 3….

    Oh and we get a choice of playing Ba, Cisse and Remy up front.

    But most of all… two new quality defenders
    (sorry Beattie)

  • 145 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 24, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Graeme…’ In January 2008, FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced that he wanted the tournament to be held in either June or July by 2016, to fit in the international calendar’

    …I seems the ACON is not within the FIFA International calendet?

  • 146 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 24, 2012 at 10:25 PM


  • 147 Jamiemac // Dec 24, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    I’ve never minded Alan, but if he’s blocked Shola from playing i’ll lose all respect for him

  • 148 ONLINE GUY // Dec 24, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Well lads N’ Lasses ,,the turkeys out and ready ..the beef joint had to go back in as the bugger was bloody in the middle when I halved it ..the Turkey had longer time in oven.. all set and I am just sitting here just about to have a Whisky..just the one then a pint of Theakstons..and then a bottle of Stella Cidre ..Have any of you tried that ..Its a real nice pint. put it in the freezer for an hour though…

    Merry Christmas Ed an Best wishes to all . Have a real good one , Peace And Love .

  • 149 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 25, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    I’m also 6ft 2 and probably the best looking bloke in the North East. As for Ameobi, this is a complete joke. There’s no chance that we will be signing Remy now.

  • 150 Graeme // Dec 25, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Jesper, thats why we have ACN 2 years in a row, to bring it in line with Fifa World Cup and Euro’s. The ACN now fits in between so players can do Euro’s and ACN at same times, stops clubs missing their African players at odd times – allegedly!! lol

  • 151 Dearka // Dec 25, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    it’s all ok if shola goes to the The ACON and Ba leaves will still have Xisco and i have faith we will be buy Remy in the new years any where

    happy xmas and stay safe

  • 152 solz tim krul // Dec 26, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    loicy remy pliiiiz!

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