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Our Man Of The Match Will Leave Newcastle In Summer

12:08 am, Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 61 Comments

Shola Ameobi probably played his last match for Newcastle United on Sunday at Liverpool, and he was surprisingly sent off by referee Phil Dowd,  after picking up his second yellow card because of  talking to the referee about the goal – it was really strange.

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Shola Ameobi – in action on Sunday

And the news in the last week is that Alan Pardew wanted to offer Shola a new deal on Tyneside, but that was turned down by the higher-ups at the club – although we don’t know if those reports are accurate.

But unfortunately for Shola the game at Liverpool could be his last game for Newcastle, after 14 years in the first team, and to finish it by being sent off is upsetting – and he has admitted as much on Monday.

Shola at least had a good game at Liverpool, if indeed it was his last game for his home town club.

Shola had 21% of the vote and Sissoko is second with 12%, after putting in another solid and powerful display, and it was good to see Coloccini, Gouffran and Haidara also turn in good performances in the 2-1 defeat, and be just behind Moussa in the voting.

And Brendan Rodgers has rightly been named the LMA Manager of the season – pity he didn’t become the Newcastle manager two years ago.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Man of the Match · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League

61 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ochytoon // May 13, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    £60 million war chest? I’ll believe it when I see it. Remember the “four transfers sanctioned” back in January? All evidence suggests that Ashley would never, ever do something like this. Most likely the usual spiel to ramp up season ticket sales/renewals.

  • 2 Black and White with an army lol // May 13, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    I hope Shola goes, this will certainly lift the spirits with the fans

  • 3 TurkishFan101 // May 13, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Told you..

    “@LukeEdwardsTele: #nufc have contacted me to dispute the fact they have pledged to spend £60m. Budget is undisclosed”

    Just nonsense by journalists

  • 4 Black and White with an army lol // May 13, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    if this 60 million war chest actually happens I will be gob smacked and start to wonder if MA want’s to improve Newcastle and take us further.

    but I will believe it when I see it or if Lee came out and announce it that it’s true

  • 5 Black and White with an army lol // May 13, 2014 at 12:27 AM


    aye mate, why would Newcastle go to the Telegraph to announce the transfer budget?

    ( seems like a smokescreen to get fans to renew there season tickets )

  • 6 ochytoon // May 13, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    So Luke Edwards publishes the article at 10:30pm this evening. At around midnight, he claims that NUFC have contacted him to refute his article. Either Ashley is running a 24 hour PR slave ring, or this guys making it up. I think its likely the latter.

  • 7 TurkishFan101 // May 13, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Black and white

    Spot on mate, only way I see us moving forward is if we get a European manager. And then he gets backed by Mike Ashley.

    Also nufc releasing statement in-regards to of psrdew is staying or not tomorrow, maybe some hope??..

  • 8 beermonkey // May 13, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    I am shocked that people could be sceptical and question the clubs motives with rumours of new players and huge war chest I am sure its just a coincidence that is season ticket renewal time

  • 9 RonVanDam // May 13, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Getting a 60m spending spree is a good thing. Just dont spend it on average players

  • 10 TurkishFan101 // May 13, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    @LukeEdwardsTele:”In other words, we will be buying some players but don’t tell anyone. Pardew is staying as manager, erm, nothing to add. Goodnight #nufc”

    Craving for major major attention. He’s got his wonga off nufc.

    Look at how disgusting our beloved club has become.


  • 11 Brutooon // May 13, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    what MOTM? he is sh*t for the last 14 seasons !!!!

    We used to be No 2 during 1990s but since Shola Ameobi is introduced, we been going downwards since.

    Shola Ameobi is the reason we struggle !!!!

    get rid of him

  • 12 JP...from The Rock // May 13, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    I am going to celebrate for weeks!! ABOUT FCUKING TIME STROLLA!! Way over due!

  • 13 Go toon gooooo // May 13, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    Shola Ameobi is an excellent striker but not every manager is capable of using him.He will prove his class in Brasil 2014.

  • 14 thai-mag // May 13, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    the Toon are supposed to be after Shelvey, highly rated midfielder, looks a good player, but what will he be like when Pardew plays him at left back? that’s the big question

  • 15 Gateshead toon // May 13, 2014 at 2:41 AM

    In my opinion thi mag Shelvy would be a good signing but just can.t see why Swansea would get rid.

  • 16 catchy in norway // May 13, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    I voted for shola for 2 reasons

    the pass to goofy

    and hopefully its his last match,

    on his last match , he was still lazy, 🙁

    bye bye shola enjoy your life with all the cash you robbed from the club

  • 17 theartfuldodger // May 13, 2014 at 3:29 AM

    If we do end-up spending anywhere close to 60m, that will be it for the next 5 years…

    Also I dont want Jonjo Shelvey here…He is like a CM Obertan…and clumsy too..he dint work at liverpool cause he wasnt consistent at all..he appears to make a forward foray but whether the ball stays with him or not is on luck..I wudnt take him even to replace gosling..rather have holtby..

  • 18 swemag // May 13, 2014 at 3:33 AM

    New players in days? Believe it when I see it.

    60 million spending spree? Honestly…why would they let anybody know that? To attract new players with ambition?

    Remy signing for us. Why on earth would he do that?

    If we even sign one player that will actually add quality to our squad before start of June I will be shocked.

  • 19 lesh // May 13, 2014 at 3:56 AM

    Catchy, JP et al….

    In these days when we see and hear of selfishness, t’s always refreshing to read expressions of kindness and good will!

    Like Shola or not, hr always gave his best for Newcastle United.

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 13, 2014 at 5:06 AM

    So Ashley is going to waste money on Pardew knowing how we feel about it?

    ..I always thought he was a self made idiot 😉

  • 21 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 13, 2014 at 5:11 AM

    lesh…seldom was his best just good enough!

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 13, 2014 at 5:17 AM

    …maybe he just is spiteful 😉

  • 23 cyprus // May 13, 2014 at 6:12 AM

    60 MIL TO AP? That sure is a roll of the dice. My concern is that he hasn’t been able to bring the best out of his current crop, why would he succeed with another? I’m not talking about the man (e.g. I’ve no problem with the pseudo-head butt, I enjoyed it when he jumped in the crowd)… Still – I do have a problem with the way he denigrated Routledge, the way he treated HBA, his set plays and the fact that fans need to be educated. Especially, that he can’t get a reasonably talented set of players to play football.

    Conclusion: if there is that kind of a purse, save it for the next guy.

  • 24 cyprus // May 13, 2014 at 6:14 AM

    For a red, big Shola could’ve ‘scared’ Dowd a little more 🙂

  • 25 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 13, 2014 at 6:17 AM

    Cyprus…if he didn’t want to spend money on Pardew the last 18 month then I find it hard to see what has changed!

    …maybe what has changed now is that the majority of the the fans want Pardew gone now and maybe Ashley is just being a self made spiteful idiot?

  • 26 cyprus // May 13, 2014 at 6:17 AM

    Poll: who would you rather stays? HBA or AP?

  • 27 cyprus // May 13, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    I just don’t know how much MA has been involved, even in the transfers. Does MA make all the decisions? Maybe, but for what AP said, he lets them do the business. Maybe JFK (who MA hired, granted) just fxxxxxd up and couldn’t get anyone over the line? Can’t Carr find hungry bargain (2-3 mil) players?

    The whole management set up (including Carr) seems to need overhaul…

  • 28 cyprus // May 13, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    It’s not easy to campaign for a new billionaire. There just aren’t enough around and apparently NO ONE crazy enough to take over NUFC. Hence, we must concentrate on the optimum (new coach etc.), not the ideal (new owner). This is the classic problem regarding the Cyprus situation (and mentality). When you want it all (and you are weak and disorganised- Cypriots, NUFC fans!)you end up with nothing. Sorry about the politics, last time 😉

  • 29 JakartaDean // May 13, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    Shola was an extremely frustrating player for NUFC fans, with good reason, and that’s reflected in the mixture of comments here. He drove me crazy with his mistakes and general slowness and poor decision making. Until the derby…
    When we played Sunderland he became something different, not just faster but smarter. I prefer to remember that side of him, if he’s leaving. Either that or keep him on for “special situations” — two derbies next season.

  • 30 Slank // May 13, 2014 at 6:43 AM


    I live in Paphos and you are absolutely right about Cyprus.

    Any prospective new owner will have to weigh up in their minds whether they want all the vitriolic abuse and xenophobia from the fans even though they would have ploughed their own money into the club and heaven forbid if they try and make a profit and then have the audacity to take some of it !

  • 31 firebug666 // May 13, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    Slank / Cyprus

    I agree we as fans are our own worst enemy in many respects. Anyone looking to buy Newcastle and reading this blog would run a mile.

    Players looking to come to the premiership are being told by some fans not to come to Newcastle under Pardrew. It’s sad that so many fans have such a negative view of things, myself included.

    I hope for Pardrew’s exit and a better manager, but I also live in hope of the club brining in some very good players.

    The problem is some of the fans tend to go to far and that can be more damaging to the club than anything Ashley or Pardrew could do.

    I agree with the protests, I agree we want Pardrew out, but I will not give up my self respect or the respect of the club to achieve this.

  • 32 Santon03 // May 13, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    60 million means higher target is set and eliminating any excuses of failure.

    Manager’s job is also including how to manage transfer budget to guarantee good spending and good season ahead, we’ll see how pardew manage this.

    60 million doesn’t mean has to buy all the players we want, it could also mean loan signings. It could be spent some permanent signings and loan with option to buy, let’s not forget end of season mean a lot of out of contract players. I don’t know about money from selling players will be added to transfer budget or not.

  • 33 bobby mango // May 13, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Is time Shola moved on

  • 34 terencelim // May 13, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    @firebug666, are you ok mate? If fans have such power then Ashley wouldn’t be messing around with the club for years.

    Wake up, stop sleeping.

  • 35 Santon03 // May 13, 2014 at 7:34 AM


    Firebug is not wrong. He fears bad image for the club, fans are not wrong to protest but some can go too far like anarchy. It will have bad publicity not only to the club but also city of Newcastle and the people of Newcastle.
    Let’s say some went to far and managed to drive MA out of this club, if you are a billionaire watching this happen, you wouldn’t want to invest your money with the chance of same thing could happen to you.

  • 36 lesh // May 13, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Jesper…. You’re right in that Shola’s best wasn’t good enough, apart from the vital goals that won us vital points.

    But, good enough or not, he’s a human being who’s been with Newcastle United for years and because of that at least, he deserves the courtesy of thanks and good wishes – not the disrespectful comments uttered by some.

  • 37 Average_Contents // May 13, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    And people believed this supposed 60m because it was in the paper? As soon as I read it my initial reaction was one off the Karl Pilkington highlight reels! You all know which one I mean lol 😉

  • 38 gaz 44 // May 13, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    Anyone reckon a move for Rio Ferdinand on a pay as you play deal might be worth it. I know he’s well past his best, doesn’t have the speed he once had but the kind of experience he has and the influence on dressing room could be very good and he’s freeeee – Ashley loves a freebie

  • 39 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 13, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Don’t know what his future is but I might of given him another year contract if he wants to keep on playing
    Move him upstairs as a club ambassador or if taking his coaching badges help with the Under 21s/juniors and he does ‘not swear’

  • 40 Average_Contents // May 13, 2014 at 7:42 AM


    Just no

  • 41 the truth will out // May 13, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    loadsa bollox

  • 42 gaz 44 // May 13, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    N I’ve to see it to believe it but if the 60 million war chest is anywhere near true I will be getting right behind pardew to see if he can prove me wrong for first few month, if it then goes back to boring football I’ll of justified not renewing my ticket but I don’t have the blind hatred of pardew that some have I’m willing to see what he can do with money , people saying he haults progress of players I don’t necessarily believe. Cabaye became a better player with us in my opinion but it’s just the mind numbingly boring football we play I’m against

  • 43 Santon03 // May 13, 2014 at 7:56 AM


    I also don’t mind if Shola continues his career in NUFC. He is the most loyal player we have.
    He should have good sending off like Javier Zanetti eventhough he is not as good as Zanetti.
    I watched Zanetti last game, it was great emotional game. Everytime he got the ball there were huge applause and one fan went to the pitch while the game still on and he begged Zanetti not to retire and Zanetti cried.

  • 44 the truth will out // May 13, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    he has had money before wasted it and the good player he acquired have had their gift subtracted from them(pardewed)

  • 45 Ibizatoon // May 13, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    £60m? Ha ha. Is that the figure for the next 5 year “plan” transfer kitty, not including outgoings?

    I really will be gobsmacked if we spend anywhere near that amount this summer.

    So, are we expected to be anxiously checking for updates for these new signings over the next couple of days? I best book myself off work for a week so I don’t miss any of the excitement!

  • 46 Ibizatoon // May 13, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Was anyone on here at the fans forum last night? Be interesting to hear what was said, then again, maybe it wont 🙂

  • 47 Lilongwe Geordie // May 13, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Here here. The bloke has played through various injuries and painkilling injections because the club needed him to. He could have had an African Cup of Nations winners medal, but because there was little strength in depth, he stayed to help the club. Yes, he was never a world beater, but he did score some important goals for the club. I’ll be cheering him on in the World Cup, and wish him well for the future.

    I wouldn’t give him another playing contract here, I’d prefer to let Campbell and Arma take the chances Shola would have got on the pitch. But I’d be more than happy to see him working in some other role. I think he started his coaching badge, so maybe stick him with the under 15/16’s until he has reached a good level. Certainly don’t want him coaching above that until he has the necessary coaching ability.

  • 48 Ibizatoon // May 13, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Well, if no one wants to share with me, I can just make up what I think went down.

    NUFC: “Well, we just wanted to thank you all for you’re continued support *stifles a chuckle* throughout the season.”

    “We plan to spend a load of Wonga this summer to give Alan and the fans a team they can be proud of, honest we are. By the way, if you haven’t already, you can renew your season ticket over there – we’re currently running a special offer – See you next season…it’s gonna be great” *falls to the floor with laughter*

    Nailed it.

  • 49 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 13, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    I would like him to stay – As I said he could be a great ambassador for the club. Always speaks well I know that in the changing rooms and on the training ground he is a player others look up to and not frightened to make his point.
    I know, I am one of the few on the blog that has backed Ashley and Pardew and as I have said before that I think their will be a lot of comings and goings this summer. We have the basics of a good team squad but needs strengthening up the spine.

  • 50 Ibizatoon // May 13, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Lil…Personally, I’d prefer it if Shola learned his coaching trade elsewhere first. Whilst a nice sentimental idea, we need some top coaches to arrive, not moving a dedicated but fairly average player to the coaching team and hope that he’ll be able to gee up the troops. It hasn’t exactly done wonders with his team mates on the pitch, so i’m not sure what we expect him to do off of it.

    Not a big critic of Shola, but the time has come. Hope he has a cracking WC.

  • 51 Ibizatoon // May 13, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Charlie…I sure do hope you’re right, but we had the spine of a good team when we finished 5th (sorry to sound like a broken record) and then they’ve just bluffed their way through since.

  • 52 Lilongwe Geordie // May 13, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    He is an intelligent lad, and more often the average players make better coaches and managers then the top players. I wouldn’t mind him cutting his teeth with the kids, it is how most Dutch coaches start before moving into managing youth sides and then senior sides.

    At Under 15/16 level we have some excellent coaching staff, and I think Shola working with them initially would be good for the big man.

    I think he wants to keep playing though, he said that earlier in the year so I doubt he will take on solely a coaching role just yet. All could be immaterial if this “huge war chest” never arrives though. We could have him Arma and Campbell up front at the start of next season!

  • 53 Barton // May 13, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    so we fans can drive any prospective new owner away by our treatment of Cashley ? fair enough point,but it did Liverpool no harm,then again there fans united as one voice to drive the pair of them off… lot,we are pathetic,look at us,halve of us argue that black is white and the other halve,vice versa!

  • 54 Ibizatoon // May 13, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Lil…I suppose if they don’t renew his contract and then sign him up August 31st he could be considered a new signing!

    Whatever he ends up doing, I wish him well. The mackem slayer!

  • 55 Lilongwe Geordie // May 13, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    There fans did part of it, but don’t play down the role played by the Royal Bank of Scotland in their departure. That was way more influential than fans.

  • 56 Lilongwe Geordie // May 13, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Did we not do exactly that trick with Lovenkrands a few years ago?

  • 57 Ibizatoon // May 13, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Lil…I can’t remember tbh, but it sounds about right.

  • 58 stan anderson // May 13, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    What you saying Shola has played his last match for us(part match)that is.
    What our we going to do without his 2 or 3 goals a season,this will be Pardews excuse to Mike when we are relegated,you did not replace our main striker Mike.
    60 million war chest eh,ticket sales not going well by the sounds of it,get the carrot in front of there noses it usually does the trick,50,000 cant believe this bull-hit once again,please dont renew on the strength of this war chest talk.Take your lass out shopping instead of feeding these PARASITES.

  • 59 lesh // May 13, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate….

    Your suggested options for Shola are sound.

    In particular, those of appointing him in an ambassadorial role or helping and using him while he’s working for his coaching badges have a lot of mileage in them.

  • 60 Laurent Robert 32 // May 13, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Lesh, Shola tried his best? Give over. He’s ambled around that pitch for years. When the ball is only a few metres away he’s still ambling and he’s only started properly challenging for headers in the last few seasons when he’s filled out. He’s an ambler with little product.

    He should have been transferred years ago.

  • 61 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 13, 2014 at 8:43 AM


    Agree if started his coaching help with under 16’s and if not give him a chance to stay at the club (unless he wants to continue playing) in a ambassadorial role.

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