Shola Ameobi may yet get a new contract at Newcastle this summer, but we’d be very surprised if he does – but there seems to be no doubt that Shola has become a leader in the dressing room at Newcastle, and we heard yesterday that some senior officials at Newcastle want him to stay on at the club.
Shola Ameobi – plain talking
And in a good interview with the Chronicle, Shola has come out and done some plain talking – which is always good to see.
This is what Shola said:
“We have limited resources at the moment and when we lose one or two key players it hurts the team badly.” “That is what the manager has had to put up with, unfortunately.”
“That is something the club have to put right for next season.” “We need quality players and we need a quality squad as well.”
“This has all been brought out to a lot of people but we, as players, knew that. I think the fans are getting to see that now.”
If Alan Pardew does get fired at the end of the season, he can point to a couple of things that have not helped Newcastle.
One is the owner selling our best player Yohan Cabaye in January – so Mike weakened the team for the run-in.
Somebody needs to remind the owner the transfer windows should be used to strengthen the team – not weaken it.
The other thing is that in the last two transfer windows Joe Kinnear was unable to bring in any player permanently, and as Shola says above – at least the players knew the squad needed some reinforcements.
In a way, you could even say that Shola Ameobi is defending Alan Pardew in that statement above, and that the ineptitude of Joe Kinnear could even flow over and become responsible for Alan Pardew being fired.
But it’s not at all clear to us what Mike Ashley is thinking, in terms of Alan Pardew’s future at the club.
What do you think?