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.
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?