Shola Ameobi – A Future Newcastle Manager

We certainly didn’t expect Shola Ameobi to be given a new contract at Newcastle this summer, but with Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong almost certain to be leaving Newcastle in the summer, it looks like manager Alan Pardew is at least considering it, and it seems as much for his leadership skills and dressing room influence than anything else.

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Shola Ameobi – new contract at Newcastle?

Alan Pardew has today praised the 32 year-old Newcastle striker, who has been playing for the Newcastle first team since 2000, when Sir Bobby Robson gave him debut in a home game against Chelsea in early September, when Alan Shearer was out injured for most of the 2000-2001 season.

This is what Alan Pardew has to say about the Nigerian born striker today:

“Ameobi is a very important leader. He is a player who is going to have a huge future on the coaching and managerial front himself.” 

“He has seen it all and that gives him great experience for this particular club, and that’s why he is very, very important in my changing room.”

Maybe Shola could get an extension of one or two years to his contract, and also have his role be that as an assistant coach as well as a player?

But that would depend very much on whether Alan Pardew will be the manager of Newcastle next season, and we still think that depends on how the team performs in our last three games of the season.

However, it does look like in the future at some time, Shola will become a coach at Newcastle, and who knows he could even become a future manager at Newcastle United.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

67 comments so far

  • Maybe not? He hasn’t earned anything like the sport of praise Pardew has given him here. Even if he has, it hasn’t shown which means Pardew is further out of his depth than we realised.

  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #2

    ED you’re giving Shola publicity by even putting this ridiculous article up about how Pardew thinks he can be a manager.

    Only thing Shola Ameobi can manage is a bunch of actors that always end up on there A$$ and make a living out of it.

  • geordie157

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #3

    If shola gets a new contract I will start a protest. He shouldn’t have got a new deal last time!

    In other news can someone lock up Nile ranger and throw away the key.

  • Mike's Iron Curtain

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Hoping for another pasting tonight, but I suppose in the eyes of the piously high and mighty, like tads, that makes me not a real supporter.

    Tough love, I call it.

    And of course Shola is managerial material in the incompetents eyes. Actually nauseating to see how Pardew is dividing the squad, allaying himself with the ‘honest’ cloggers who are readily reciprocating, doing their best to insulate the manager against external criticism, fr self-serving reasons.

    Seems to be working on the lazy national media. Not following the North Eastern media’s line of enquiry, yet.

    The only people that want to put the club first these days, are the fans.

  • Malta Mag

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Well at least that statement answers my question as to why he’s been at the club for all this time because it certainly hasn’t been as a player??? I’m sure I’d like Shola if we were to meet but then I like the bloke down the supermarket who serves at the savory counter but wouldn’t want him to pull on the number 9 shirt either.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Geremi’s Prosthetic Leg Fund

    I didn’t see that. Do you have a link?

    I think we should be aiming for the top 8 every season at a minimum really, although I accepted top 10 given we’re still rebuilding after relegation and we had such a bad season last year.

    We’ve finished bottom half under several managers and none of them lasted long or had any great success elsewhere afterwards.

    I understood from the NUFC Fans Forum that top 10 was the minimum target and that they all wanted to finish higher. Now we’re struggling to get that as I can’t see us beating Liverpool or Arsenal and Cardiff have more to fight for, dire though they are…

  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #7


    Please do mate, you’re only helping those daft idiots making money out of the Newcastle fans that really think they are representing us with that link..

  • Graeme

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Shola – allegedly employed as a striker!! He has achieved something like 70 league goals in 14 years – around 5 goals per YEAR not per season. He should be prosecuted under trades description act.

    An average midfielder would be unhappy with that performance – Bambi doesn’t even look interested, has ambled his way around the pitch for years, occassionaly stumbling into the box and the ball richochets into the net off his left buttock.

    Pardew says he is a leader – I think that must refer to his work in his church community, where he evidently puts in a lot of time and effort – completely the opposite of his performance at his day-job.

    Would he make a good Manager – its possible I guess, but he would have to produce a hell of a lot more than he has ever done as a “striker”!!!

  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #9


    That is true, top 10 was MINIMUM and club stated that they are challenging for top half of the table not MID-TABLE.

    Pardew recently in the media has again stirred words stating that it was all along that 10th was the target of the season.

    There is no excuses for this daft cockney C@nt.

    We did not go on any cup runs, no Europa League so where does that leave him?

    Blaming Mike Ashley by using his sheeps like Shola to speak out for him, in return he will try to big up Shola and try to get him a coach role in the club.

    I definitely think Pardew is gone, he is struggling to stay fit for purpose.

  • TDS –

    He said: ”Top 10 was just our goal – it wasn’t an instruction. It’s not like a life or death sort of decision. The short-term results over the last five games have really put a bit of a stain on our position. We need to remove it.”

    That was taken from the Mirror (Simon Bird), but it’s a direct quote.

  • Toon Tang

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Are we all imagining starting the season with strolla as our main goal threat. Everyone just imagine that for a few seconds and feel the chuckles start to flow.

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #12

    validator – your previous posts in respect of using Roman numerals were confusing -you posted :-
    Newcastle United were abysmal in MCLXXVIII
    Newcastle United were sublime in MCLV A.D

    The dates you suggest through your use of the Roman numeral system are 1178 and 1155 respectively. These dates have nothing at all to do with NUFC. So would it be possible you have cocked up your Roman nemerals?
    If so there can only be one relevant statement :-

    Validator was an arse in MMXIV (2014)

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Hahahahahahahahahah, Shola as manager ? .

    Thanks Ed, I haven’t laughed that hard in a while 🙂 .

  • Toon Tang

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #14

    …. and tears hahhaa

  • lesh

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #16

    so a top ten finish wasn’t a minimum target, it was a goal? I’s not like a life or death sort of decision if wr don’t hit tenth says he.

    That implies that Ashley’s relaxed about missing it and at £2m a place prize money.

    If that is the case, then that would be indicative of Ashley’s intentions for Newcastle United – a lack of ambition.

    The less income, the less there is to invest!

    The sooner he and his placemen go, the better.

  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #17

    The players that are good but will be sold in the summer are:

    Hatem Ben Arfa
    Davide Santon

    Out of contract and crap players that need shipping:

    Williamson (Although he gives us 100% hes not good enough)
    Steven Taylor

    That’s 12 players that look very likely to go, this is seriously going to ruin us big time.

    The first list apart from Remy, if we had a better manager they would all stay but unfortunately with Pardew in charge its not happening.

    He even said that 6-7 youth players will be stepping up to the first team LOL

    When was the last time a youth player stepped up after from Carroll that was a one off..

  • stan anderson

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Oh no thats gone has,nt it.
    This can not be serious talk mind.
    If so this about sums up the clubs expectations.
    No Van Gaal for us we got SHOLA fn AMEOBI.

  • Mike's Iron Curtain

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #19

    I wonder if Newcastle is the most lucrative city in the UK for the door-to-door sales industry?

  • mindshaft

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #20

    I wouldnt be surprised if we renewed Shola and Gosling – this obviously goes against the people on here who say Pards prefers brits who will put some effort in as Shola clearly doesn’t
    I doubt we’ll let that many players go

    HBA – def a goner
    Remy – as above
    LDJ – as above
    Obertan – if we can get someone to pay his wages
    Marvs – as above

    Reckon that’ll be about it unless someone offers daft money for Krul, Debuchy

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Ii’s so annoying that this regime speaks about challenging in the upper half of the table, yet the truth is the complete opposite.

    They sell their top players and weaken the squad midway through the season.

    They do not build the squad or upgrade each year, only relying on a first eleven staying fit.

    They don’t back the manager or let him build a team. He has no say or the final say in who he wants or needs.

    They talk utter shi*e they do.

  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #22

    “I think we need to show people what we did against Swansea, that we are a good team, we are together and this recent run – we need to put it right.”

    Can someone tell me the final score against Swansea? Win, Loss, Draw????

    That’s right it was a LOSS.

    This clown needs to stop gobbing off, he’s worse than a troll.

  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #23


    Debuchy defo is off after his recent comments wanting to be in a team like Cabaye challenging for silverware and cups.

    His old manager wants him back reunited at Roma so he is definitely gone mate.

    You missed quiet a few out.

    Hatem Ben Arfa
    Davide Santon
    Tim Krul

    Are all set to go as well unless Pardew is sacked.

  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #24


    Our top target was Grenier and the bid failed which was said to be £11m at the time and their club president was certain and definite that he would not be sold at a crucial time as they were challenging for Champions League.

    The fact that the club had no plan B was what let everyone down again but we certainly need to go for Grenier and Cabella and bring them in this summer..

  • jimiley

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #25

    The fact that Shola has been at our club 14 years and at the age of 32 may get another contract is shameful. The club is dysfunctional. Lets make him manager. he cannot be worse than Pards.

  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Transport for London:
    Tube strike: Supporters going to Arsenal for Newcastle match tonight advised to plan ahead as Tube services unlikely to serve area after match

    The Amount of crap the fans go through to support the team is tremendous but you lot don’t deserve this really…

  • Brutooon

    Apr 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #27

    Joke of the Century

    The sh*test player in football history EVER will be a manager??? HAHAHAHAHA

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 28, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Brutoon – not unusual for crap players to become managers -there are precedents -what’s the name of that bloke with the silver hair and a serpent tongue – Percy Parsnip.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Apr 28, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #29


    It still weakend the squad though and for me that goes against any sort of serious ambition. It’s unnecessary pressure and destroys moral also. Any club which is serious about competing wouldn’t do that without covering their bases and had a ready made replacement.

    It has had a major effect on our season. It shows the actual quality in depth we have because without Debuchy, Remy and Cabaye we are relegation fodder.

    Everytime we have a few players out, we struggle and go on a bad run. That much is evident. That is Ashley’s doing for me. He has had an ample amount of time to build this squad and for me it’s poor to look at as a whole. It’s completely unbalanced and lacking quality throughout.

  • Mike's Iron Curtain

    Apr 28, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Bring back Boumsong and Bramble while we’re at it, have them partner up at CB under Shola’s tutelage.

    Let the club stir once more and make moments to savour for all!

  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 28, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #31


    You are absolutely correct no doubt.

    But people could argue that this squad has better quality then the one that finished 5th apart from BA and now Cabaye.

    The problem with Pardew is, he has his favourites and very big favourites. He always plays the team around 1 player which is a weakness and teams find that out about us and his tactics.

    This is why he has been a one season wonder everywhere he’s been, simply has only 1 plan or no plans, and never plan b or c.

    He gets a big ego after getting one good season and tries to go negative old defensive 17th century football.

    He has always done this everywhere he has went.

    We do not need such big ego and talentless manager here ruining the likes of our flair players even more and no more technical player will want to come here even as a step-stone cause they will look at the most talented like Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Santon, Sissoko and even Cisse.

    People can only argue for Pardew just because of Cabaye, well he has improved because he was what the team was playing and obeying rules by, he was the 1 player the team is playing around.

    This season it has been Remy no doubt, and when injured its been Shola Ameobi hoof and now after backing pardew, Gosling has only looked better due to the whole team playing below average..

  • Bambams

    Apr 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #32

    I hope this does not sound disrespectful but I will not be attending any more matches if Shola is our striker next season. He has made a very good living out of the Toon, Shola you are not good enough and you are lazy.

    This is the worst news I have ever heard on this blog.

    If Pards is hinting at this now…. Well you know it will happen.

    Straw that broke the camels back


    Apr 28, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #33

    turkish at 24 why should we go for grenier in the summer .he wont do any good in the prem imo a 6ft 2 version of marv. has missed the last 5or 6 games and lyon have improved .in an attacking team takes majority of free kicks and corners 135 has had the same number of shots as gomis and has 4 goals and 4 assists is lazy and gutless.

  • Graeme

    Apr 28, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #34

    If Shola is the answer – it must have been one hell of a question!!!

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Apr 28, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #35


    To be fair to Pardew, the people above him have continued to lose our best players each season and he has had a very tough job on his hands. The Joe Kinner debacle was a disgrace on it’s own. We havn’t even made a permanent signing in the last two windows. Its cheap easy fixes and I find that a disgrace at a club like NUFC. Are we really doing our best here to compete and give people the best possible chance to do this?

    Now if I had seen that Pardew had been fully backed and the club had let him do his own thing in regards to building a team i could point the finger whole heartedly at him. But, I won’t, not with this regime above him and the way they operate.

    The squad is a mess and there has been very little stability or growth on the playing side, very little upgrading should we say, they replace only when they need to and with very little planning. I don’t know how they expect to compete on a sound level while treating the playing side with such little respect. They are causing problems not solving them.

    There is alot of reasons and blame for the way this club is currently operating on the pitch. It goes alot further than a mediocre manager in my view.

    I understand why people on the outside looking in can see why he has maybe did an ok job under the circumstances.

    In regards to any ego or favourites he may have, I couldn’t careless about that to be honest. I honestly believe this team picks itself because of the lack of quality throughout the squad. We do not have a pool of talented, experienced quality players in the 25 who can challenge the first eleven in my opinion.

    If a change of manager were to happen, I don’t believe he will be backed so I can’t see us moving above mid-table or see a great deal of progress. The same constraints and upset to the first eleven will remain. We will continue to lose any decent players every season or two and suffer through a lack of building and injuries.

  • Online Guy

    Apr 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #36

    Back in the 70’s, when I was playing , Brian Clough always had a Carey in the dressing room Hartlepool it was John McGovern ..later on he was Brian’s Snitch at Derby County.

    Pardew’s Carey in the Newcastle dressing room is Shola hence the loyalty ..Its as clear as day, Shola is Pardew’s Informant.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Pardew’s public slatings of Hatem about his need to score goals and create chances are a joke when the idiot plays Shola who has a career of that. Another example of telling us one thing and doing the opposite.

    Shola has one goal this season hasn’t he? The Swansea one?

    Quality flair players like Le Tissier wouldn’t have seen the light of day under Pardew. Hatem works harder than he did. In my opinion Ben Arfa has tracked back more than Robert and Ginola. Robert helped out more than Ginola as well.

    Both of those players were played to their strengths. Pinocchio Pardew does anything but that. Even the kids are played out of position on the wing, like Cisse, Sissoko, Gouffran, Tevez, Ba… it’s almost endless.

  • beefman13

    Apr 28, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Oh Jesus holy Mary, is this Pardew angling to get Shola an extended contract??? I am seriously falling out with my own club to the point were I don’t give a shit, for god sake, Shola is a big influence is he ??/ well what the hell has he been doing since Xmas, oh one goal in 3,000,000 mins of football. I am just fed up to the back teeth of listening to Pardews utter utter horsecrap!!!!

  • Ketsbaia9

    Apr 28, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Not playing Marveaux and not signing a striker in January has cost us a champions league spot.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 28, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #40

    @kets = Marveaux is woeful and we did sign a striker in january,…


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