Newcastle Veteran – My Future Is Unclear

32-year-old Shola Ameobi’s contract is up at Newcastle in the summer, and he will already have been told by the club that it will not extended,  so after thirteen years playing in the Newcastle first team, Shola has told the Shields Gazette today that it will be a sad moment when he leaves his home town club.

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Shola Ameobi – in Nigeria’s colors

But Shola should have a last hurrah in the summer,  as he is likely to be included in Nigeria’s squad for the World Cup in Brazil and they are also a decent side and could have a good run in the World Cup.

It will be Ameobi’s first ever appearance in the World Cup, and he currently has five caps and two goals for the country of his birth.

This is what Shola told the Gazette:

“After the summer, my future is unclear.” “Basically, I’ll do what I’ve always done. Like I’ve always said, I’ve never taken  playing for Newcastle for granted – every time I step on that pitch, I relish it.”

“When it does finally end, it’ll be a sad moment, but at the moment my focus is trying to help this club.” “That’s what I’ve always tried to do, and that will never change.”

Ameobi has been a bit player for Newcastle this season, although he’s still managed to make 20 appearances with one goal, but they have mainly been substitute appearances.

And there has been news he may even move to Chinese club Guangzhou R&F in the summer, and the club is managed by former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Shola has played 388 times for Newcastle in his career with 77 goals, and he made his debut for the club back in 2000, in a home game against Chelsea (we drew 0-0), when the great Sir Bobby Robson was managing the club.

Alan Shearer was out injured for most of that season, and Shola played 22 times (14 starts) with two goals in his first season as a 19 year-old.

Shola has his critics among the fans, and never quite managed to meet his potential, and for many he just didn’t score enough goals to be a top striker.

But wherever Shola goes we wish him all the success in the world, and we think he’ll be back at Newcastle in a coaching role at some point in the future.

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20 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1


    I e-mailed ed because somone had complained about me and it appeard some of my comments had been removed as a result. I wanted to find out what the hell was going on. Also, there is bullying that goes on here, and grown men/women or not, it is a serious thing, and i happen to feel strongly about it.

  • firebug666

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #2

    If Marv has been sent to train with the kids it must be because he has told AP that his tactics, team selection, and overall managing ability is total pants.

    Bye Shola, you were good with Lua Lua in Europe once so thanx for that.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #3

    My apologigies, shame on the person who got you banned, we all dish it out here so should be able to take it on the chin when getting a bit back.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Shola might not have been a great but he has scored some very important goals during his time here and was a big part of getting us out of the championship as well.

    Hopefully when he does go, and finally packs in he is rewarded with a very good testimonial just like Steve Harper was.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #5


    I never got banned, just some comments removed. The other persons comments were also removed so Ed dealt with it fairly. Its done with now so no worries. Lately i have been picking out people when i think i see bullying, but maybe have been too quick to react. It is best to leave it to the people involved, but if somone feels bullied, they should report it. Not all the posters here are adults after all. There is the odd teen knocking arround.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Shola may be good behind the scenes as a friendly face, but he’s never been good enough apart from a small number of games, which in a career at the club that long is pathetic.

    If he wasn’t a local lad, he’d have been shipped out years ago.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #7

    If every time I reported abuse to Ed, I’d spend more time mailing him than posting.

  • croftus5678

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #8

    marv has the talent but not the motivation !
    seen other (good) managers been on about the way they deal with things and apparently they also take the hard stance to get the best from there players !

    cant call pards from kicking the underperforming players up the backside i’m afraid.

    even luuk could and should have had an assist for cisse’s goal which would have made that lad look a lot more effective for the team but sadly its another under performing player making another look bad.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9


    Aye true. I only mean in serious cases (one or two have popped up recently) like unrelenting insults, and ganging up.

    Not just everytime somone calls somone else “poopy pants” 😀

  • jeff

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #10

    marveaux is a top 3 player at the club.sad pardwho couldnt c it

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #11

    “Basically, I’ll do what I’ve always done.

    Which is nothing!!!

    His future is clear

    i.e. he has no future

    Not good enough, never was

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #12

    I tend to find this place just descends into name calling and people stating points then not engaging others….it’s only early doors or sometimes later on I feel you get a good balance of poster.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #13

    people complain pardew ruins marv and benny….two players have have never had consistency any time in their career.

  • firebug666

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Have to say very true, Marv could be very good for us given the chance to play, AP can’t see past his own ego at the moment and the whole team is suffering from it. If he has lost the dressing room then it’s not surprising as all the players want success. Unfortunately for us and the players, AP & Ashley think we have achieved this season so don’t need to push on.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Firebug, it wouldn’t surprise me if that happened. He’d be right as well.

    He was ruined many months ago. I’d be de-motivated as well if Jonas and Tiote remained in the team after last years woeful performances, yet Marveaux had some good, match winning and relegation saving passes/performances and still finds his way back on the bench. Gradually degarading his belief and motivation.

    We are clueless as a team in the final third. Is it a wonder why Cisse has looked poor, Ben Arfa is brought on in the last 10 minutes to save Pardew’s bacon and Remy went on his longest drought without a goal.

    I’d be playing Marveaux just behind the forwards with the focus on playing that final creative ball to the strikers. That is his aim and I’d be encouraging it as often as possible and showing the team how to play a certain way with pre-planned movement in certain areas so they are well drilled at who is moving where, and more importantly, why.

    That does not happen with us. It is long shots and off-the-cuff gameplay in the final third.

    Cabaye and his long shots have gone, so the goals dry up even more. No surprise.

  • Crow59

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #16

    Everyone has a opinion on marv and most agree that he has talent, however talent alone at this level just isn’t good enough. Personally I think he lacks any effort and the prem is to physical for him. I did post after the game some info that I’d heard from the changing room and it’s now obv that marv piped up and bit back at pardew. So attitude, lazy and unprofessional just isn’t good enough for our club regardless of talent

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #17


    no one claimed he he was world class, no one blamed him for the 5 losses
    but it seems he has been singled out by pardew for some reason,
    my point about the 5 losses is, maybe , pardew should look at the players playing 90 minutes of football for him week after week,
    even shola above should take a bigger part of the blame than marv, after all he is a good influence in the dressing room,


    tads, come on, wake up

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #18

    The main point I’ve been trying to make, the players that have apparently been “Pardewed” have never actually been consistent or top players to the extent we hype them at any stage of there careers
    HBA and Marv are no different to say Taarabt loads of promise and hype but have never put it together in a full package
    Even with Cisse, when he left Freiburg there were several articles written saying that despite his goals the team on the whole were better and played with more freedom without him as when not scoring he offered………. Yup you guessed it!

  • firebug666

    Feb 19, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #19

    Laurent Robert 32

    Yeah, Marv did very well last season and then was just overlooked all this season. AP is out of his depth, he will take off our best player on the day and sub on an unfit, or not match ready player, e.g. taking off Gouffran when he is playing really well and putting on HBA I don’t see the sense in it, Take off Shola for HBA would be to the best effect for the team, No wonder the whole team is demoralised.

  • Brutooon

    Feb 20, 2014 at 3:34 AM

    Comment #20

    BEST NEWS EVER !!!!!!

    The club will win something when we get rid of Shola Sh*t AMeobi !!!!!!!!!!


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