Some Relief On Shola Ameobi


Shola Ameobi will miss the game at Norwich on Saturday for his rather silly sending off on Saturday, which only made things a lot worse for Newcastle, since we have only one experienced striker available for the game at Norwich City – Papiss Cisse.

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Shola Ameobi – will not be grounded by Nigerian FF

Demba Ba has quickly left for more money, and we only had three strikers to start with – even though we tried to bring in another one last summer – but failed.

And the good news (at least for Newcastle) is that Shola was not selected for the Nigeriam squad  for the African Cup of Nations, and that was after Alan Pardew had said Shola would not be going to play in South Africa.

We were concerned about him being banned from playing for Newcastle druing the AFCON,  but the Nigerian Football Federation are not going to bother reporting us to FIFA.

The Nigerian authorities said that Ameobi had refused to answer their calls over the last week, and that’s probably because Alan Pardew told him not to answer the calls,  so it’s just a little surprising to us the Nigerien FF are not going to do anything.

This is the statement they put out:

“We will not be appealing to FIFA to stop Ameobi from playing for Newcastle.”  “There are more important issues than Ameobi. We have players that can do well at the Nations Cup and we will not speak about a player that is not in the team.”

We suppose it could have been a lot worse – so that’s at least some good news – and we can do with some of that right now.

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353 comments so far

  • Beattie25

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Cock

    Ed might not care about people insulting him but I do. I don’t mind little cnuts like you calling me gay, but to slag off an old man who creates the blog is something I and others hate from 1 post wonders like you.

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  • Krul to be Kind

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Who needs a Remy when you have a Shola!

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  • rainrix

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Alright now for some legitimate criticism ed in amongst all the bs, please stop saying ba left for money. Yes its a kick in the stomach to lose him so early but if we had no affiliations to newcastle and the european champions wanted to sign us we’d go straight for it.

    Cant really say anything for loyalty, if he was loyal he’d still be at west ham, rare thing these days

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  • Raj

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #4

    It should have been reported to FIFA and they should have put atleast 3-4 matched ban! Should have saved his appearances after the Norwich game. He will come and Pardew will again go with that crazy formation!! Sucks..

    On a better note, the club should have allowed him to go and win his national colors. Bloody lucky this guy, does Nigeria have such a dearth of strikers?! Now it can’t be true, can it?

    Bring on Remy, or Aubwonyang, and a CH please..

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #5

    we are now 9days into jan, why is it taken so long to put bids in for players, on remy, a bid is expected to be sent in the next 24 hours?? really,, why not now, think of a figure and send a fax or emailif its not goint to be a deal move on to your next target

    there spending every minut of the day pardew says,, doing what id say

    there is no logical reason for this taken so long to put bids in for players,, i thought the time that took the longest was pesonal stuff like salary and add ons,,

    right about now, pardew is looking a fool for say mike asked me how he could help,, what help

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  • Krul to be Kind

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Beattie

    Don’t think Ed would appreciate being called an old man lad! Lol

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  • rainrix

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    Beattie – The fact he doesn’t know the difference between “your” and “you’re” should give you some idea as to who you’re dealing with 😉

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  • pawl250

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Repost from last article.

    I have a right to think what I want Beattie, its called freedom of speech, much like I have the freedom to write where I want and complain if I wish.

    All I am saying is I appreciate what Ed does, I do and fair play to the guy for his commitment not only to the club but to the blog followers. YET the question remains why post something about nothing, by that I mean pure conjecture much like this post we are on now, no confirmation by any official source, or lead. Just pure speculation.

    We all know we want a defender, it doesnt mean you need to get peoples hopes up, because some people will read and believe this. I for one hope we get a defender but will only believe it when the player is signed holding the shirt, as I honestly dont think we will get one this window.

    As for you, like most of us are very opinionated and are quick to jump on someone if you believe or have an opinion about it. Why judge someone for doing the same exact thing, I feel its very contradictory, and that is my opinion.

    One I am entitled to and you cannot do anything about.

    Bottom line. Thank you Ed for keeping us updated, providing a solid fan base to discuss the club, BUT you do add fuel to the fire as stated come end of January and Newcastle haven’t (I pray they do) signed a defender and some of your followers have taken your opinion as fact, thinking that we will have a defender through the door.

    Its possible, but unlikely is all am saying

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  • mr.guilfoyle@hotmail.co.uk

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #9

    ed; there was more than just money to ba leaving. and at least shola being suspended might force pardew to put cisse down the middle with two pacy widemen supporting. no long balls? can you imagine it?

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Regarding this post:

    Gotta disagree with Ed.

    Shola going to the Afcon is not a relief, it would have been a relief if he went.

    We knew all along with nufc’s desperation to keep him on tyneside that Ba was going. Even with only Papiss I’d rather have seen this bloke go.

    Yeah a great servant with important goals but I have never seen a lazier geordie footballer in all my years supporting NUFC. That’s why he never plays, he just doesn’t put in any effort.

    Can’t wait till he retires but then were stuck with his even lazier brother. If Sammy doesn’t get a kick up the arse then I can see him plummeting the football leagues plying his trade.

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  • Graeme

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Damn, when I saw the headline I thought, WOW, at last, he’s retired.

    What a shame.

    Bambi is so far past his sell-by date he should carry a health warning.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #12

    beattie

    wooosa wooosa , let it go man

    concentrate on the ppl that like the blog

    ED has given us our little corner in cyberspace to talk about all things newcastle,
    AND I REALLY DO THANK HIM FOR THIS, esp when you consider it is every day of the year,

    i find it amazing, given all he has been through in last few years

    i remember when he shut the site down, 🙁 it wasnt good

    wooosa woooosa lol

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #13

    Shola and his brother Sammy will never be good enough for NUFC. How Shola has stayed with us all these years will remain football’s greatest mysteries.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #14

    Beattie25

    shhhh

    his brother plays for us to,, he is heading that way,, soon we will have to lazy amebois

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  • rainrix

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Did anyone see the bradford villa game last night? Did good play and if so how’d he do?

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #16

    “There are more important issues than Ameobi”

    Blasphemous.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #17

    BRADFORD: Duke 8; Darby 7, McArdle 7, McHugh 7, Good 6; HINES 8, Doyle 7, Jones 7, Atkinson 6; Hanson 7, Wells 7. Subs: Turgott (Hines 66) 5. Not used: McLaughlin, Ravenhill, Reid, R Jones, Hannah, Connell. Booked: McHugh.

    Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/capitalonecup/4733559/Bradford-3-1-Aston-Villa-Match-report-and-pictures.html#ixzz2HTbeK9nA

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #18

    pawl

    I remember our recent run INS that your a gormless moron who doesn’t understand the way the world works.

    Let me try and explain it so you understand how this blog works.

    Ed read rumour.

    Ed make opinion.

    Ed write opinion.

    Ed post opinion.

    Ed let us discuss.

    Everything you read is pure speculation unless it comes from the official NUFC website you dopey little shit. All the other snippets of info is what we discuss and ultimately everything, unless officially confirmed, is out opinion.

    If Ed didn’t add fuel to the fire there be no heat on the blog. That’s what makes this blog the best, the passion from the posters.

    We may not agree and not everyone gets on, but my word is there fcuking fire in this arena.

    Without it there would just be you posting drivel like ‘hi guys my names pawl and i love NUFC forever and forever. If you are a like minded fan and are looking for love (or maybe just an intimate encounter) then email mr on pawlisabigbender@yahoo.com.’.

    If we waited for official news there would be literally one post a week.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #19

    Shola not going to the Afcon – Could it not of been part of the TOON’s great plan.
    Toon sell Ba – told Shola not to reply to Nigeria’s requests – Shola gets to start every game up front with Cisse –
    Means got Ba of the wage bill didn’t have to bring anyone in – save money!!!!
    Bugger it’s back fired – the great numpty gets himself sent off

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  • Peter Beardsley

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #20

    @Beattie25

    Well said. much respect for Ed, he even blogs on Christmas day!

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  • chris_g

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #21

    rainrix // Jan 9, 2013 at 11:13 AM said:

    Beattie – The fact he doesn’t know the difference between “your” and “you’re” should give you some idea as to who you’re dealing with 😉
    ——————-

    It’s slightly unfortunate that you chose that as an example. Beattie wrote this on the previous thread:

    “On average he writes about 6 posts a day, 7 days a week and posts info dependent in European time not American meaning that the post your reading was probably written at about 3 in the morning.”

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #22

    Beattie

    I agree..without the insult made to pawl.

    This is a discussion blog for official and unofficial news.

    If people only want concrete quotes and deals then read the official site…trust me, its much more boring that reading this blog.

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  • boater

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #23

    The sound of a semi-literate mob, feverishly scrolling that it would be more of a relief if Shola departed.

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  • rainrix

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #24

    Chris – Thanks for pointing that out mate 🙂 although thats some hardcore blogging that you’ve bothered to go back and find an example of beattie slipping up albeit one topic back.

    Although the point stands that bloke was an inbred troll likely and i doubt we’ll seem him again.

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #25

    If Shola is Ba’s replacement and starts the majority of games for the rest of the season I really honestly believe we’ll be relegated.

    Pardew in every game at the start of this season was trying to replicate the man u victory of last year. Ameobi flicks it on, Ba scores. He even talked about it on numerous occasions.

    Well to our horror we have seen that not only does it not work, Cisse and Ba couldn’t pull it off. I don’t think Cisse and Ameobi can either.

    We are bottom of the form table and plummeting down the leauge and if Ameobi is a guaranteed starter we will be relegated as that will mean route 1 no hope hoofball.

    I am very worried.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #26

    But Boater, we might not replace him!! Its all well and good sayinmg we have Jan to make signings, but time is of the essence….

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #27

    Still dont get why people want sakho, hes really not developed into the player he was meant to become. Hes error prone, bit of a titus bramble! Never seen valciennes play so cant comment on mirin but for me Kurt Zouma and N”koulou are the cream of the crop in ligue 1

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #28

    Incidentally, can anyone give me some reasoned info on Remy – ie how good is he? Is he as good as that Chelsea striker who went to Liverpool? Cant remember his name …..what are his attributes? Tks

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  • ash1001

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #29

    ‘SOME RELIEF ON SHOLA’

    I got that when I thought knew he would miss the Norwich game, and then was hoping for a FIFA ban via Nigeria. Left with just the first part now, sod it.

    His days have been and gone, what sort of leader was he a Brighton, sorry Shola but for me you have made a hell of a damm good living out of NUFC, without ever burning any bridges. A nice guy you may be, but its not often nice guys come out on tops.

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  • rainrix

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #30

    Jay… I doubt that many people have actually seen him play, they’ll see he has a young player of the year award and hasn’t played much and assume he’ll be a good target. I doubt you’d go from young player of the year to titus bramble in 2 seasons without something going on, maybe he has an attitude problem.

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #31

    Munster mag – remy is a quality player, surprisingly good in the air for a quick man too! Picks up niggles and injuries very easily though, its not happened for him this season tho and hes a big confidence player

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #32

    NIGERIA are trying to punish NUFC by not banning shola.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #33

    Beattie 25

    Well.said

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #34

    Beattie

    Obviously we need another striker and at least 1 CB…we all know that.

    But hopefully Pardew, after he said cisse will play central, will stick with just cisse and keep shola benched.

    This will allow ben arfa and marvoux (i know he isn’t a winger but probably the best option out wide when we have anita and cabaye in the middle, probably with jonas/bigi til tiote returns).

    I still wouldn’t mind seeing a bit more of amalfitano in a central role, the guy is 23 and if anything will be going backwards playing in a substandard reserve league.

    So hopefully shola will be benched and not starting.

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #35

    Chris G

    I’m illiterate and proud of it!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #36

    jay…he cant pick up that man injuries though.

    He has played 40 games the last 2 years and has already made 20 appearances this year…doesn’t seem injury prone to me.

    Or is there more? Not seen much of him to be fair.

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #37

    On sakho, ppl should remember even bramble was talked about as a future england captain when he was 17 and was a big coup when we signed him beating off arsenal and liverpool to him. Sakho doesnt train well, has been unfit for 2 seasons, looks overweight etc, he reminds me alot of micah richards but left sided when he was firing

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #38

    NORWICH GAME

    we have not won an away game all season along with reading
    last 6 away games
    draw = 1
    lost = 5
    for 9
    against =18

    norwich home form
    won = 4
    lost = 2
    for =9
    against = 7

    and we are with out out top goal scorer
    CH wants to win this game more than most i would recon

    not looking good

    perfect day for me would be if we get beat by norwich, pardew is sacked,, CH can sit back and laugh at the 2 pricks who sacked him

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  • boater

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #39

    ash “you have made a hell of a damm good living out of NUFC, without ever burning any bridges”

    Do you mean ‘..without setting the world alight’?

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  • Ian Toon

    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #40

    Beattie- When in a hole stop digging. Any right minded thinking being knows that your a drama queen who never practices what he preaches.! Pawl has a right to express a view without a total hypocrite attention seeking shallow individual like you who’s looking for reflected glory putting his two penneth in. Just for once try doing something without an ulterior motive but for the right reason. You poser.
    Incidentally Ed does a superb, diligent resourceful job, which is much appreciated.

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