Nine Players Released By Newcastle – More To Leave


Newcastle have today announced nine players who will be leaving the club this summer, when their contracts run out at the end of June.

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Shola Ameobi – in action in his final (396th) game for Newcastle

They include veteran Shola Ameobi who played in the first team for fourteen years and was given his debut by the great Sir Bobby Robson back in 2000,

The other players are Loic Remy, who will join a bigger club, Luuk de Jong who did not earn a permanent deal at Newcastle, midfielders Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) and Conor Newton (Rotherham), and youngsters Michael Richardson, Steven Logan, Brandon Miele and Jonathan Mitchell.

This is what the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had to say:

“I would like to thank each of these players for the effort, attitude and application they have put in while at the Club.”  “However, I have to make a special mention of Shola Ameobi, who has been an incredible servant to Newcastle United.¨

“Such loyalty and commitment in the modern game is rare,  and Shola was not just a great player on the pitch but a key figure off it too.¨ “He is a leader of men, a great role model for our younger players and I wish him well for the remainder of his career.”

Managing Director Lee Charnley has this to say today about 32 year-old Shola:

“To stay at one club for 14 years is remarkable and something that Shola should be very proud of.” “We are lucky to have had him for his contribution both on and off the field.”  ¨I would personally like to thank Shola for his commitment to the Club and wish him every success going forward.”

And Shola Ameobi himself said this after leaving his home town club:

“Following discussions with Newcastle United, both parties felt it was the right time for us to part company.” “I’ve been at Newcastle United all my career and I’ve enjoyed every moment and always worn the famous shirt with pride. I am now looking forward to starting a new chapter in my career.¨

“I would like to place on record a big thank you to everyone at Newcastle United. I wish the Club great success in the future, and I’m sure with the team and management they have, Newcastle United will go from strength to strength.¨

“Finally, a big thank you to the supporters who have always been fantastic.”  “I hope to come back to Newcastle United one day in some capacity to help repay some of the faith and loyalty that everybody connected to the Club has shown me during my time here.”

Shola played 396 times for Newcastle with 79 goals over fourteen seasons, and we hope he gets a chance to play in the World Cup for the first time, for his country of birth – Nigeria – in Brazil next month.

Shola divided opinion among the fans and probably never reached his full potential, but you cannot say his heart wasn’t with Newcastle for the last 14 years, and we fully expect him to return to his home town club as probably a coach,  sometime in the future – and that also seems what Shola wants to do.

These nine players are those whose contracts come to an end at the end of June and will not be renewed by the club.

But we expect more players who currently have active contracts to be put up for sale this summer, and they include Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Ben Arfa, and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, plus some of our younger players like Shane Ferguson, James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic, Romain Amalfitano and maybe Mehdi Abeid.

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180 comments so far

  • Toon Tang

    May 23, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #1

    cheers for the sunlun slaying goals strolla but you just wernt prolific enough mate.

    Good luck with your next venture.

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  • Brutooon

    May 23, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #2

    BEST NEWS EVER!!!!

    the sh*t-est player in the world (shola ameobi) is now out of the club

    not a loyal player, just a sh*t player who can’t find any other club

    Good things will happen now for NUFC

    NUFC will only win something after SHola Ameobi is gone. Yahoooo GOOD NEWS EVER!

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  • anthc

    May 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m sure he is a nice fella but pleased hes moving on. Just a pity its 10yrs over due.

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  • cyprus

    May 23, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed, from those you expect to leave I’d stick with some. The new manager may have some use in them, especially HBA.

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  • cyprus

    May 23, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Slank,
    I keep missing your post. So, MA is now in Cyprus? Maybe he’s looking at Robert’s brother who plays in a local team?!

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  • wynsleap

    May 23, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #6

    At last Stroller is going. How this bloke has stayed so long at this club only God knows.
    Please don’t even consider bringing him back as a coach unless you open his mouth and put seats and a steering wheel in.
    What does he have, to pass on to forward players? How to stay onside? How to be prolific season after season in front of goal? How to use your speed! to great advantage? How to stand six foot three and jump three foot six? How to work hard? How to tackle and put pressure on your defender?
    Think of another occupation and enjoy your retirement Shola – although I thought you actually did that years ago.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 23, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #7

    MYM hasn’t been given a fair crack or a chance to settle. It’s a sad indictment on Pardew if this lad leaves. You can’t just blame the lad.

    Pardew wants MYM out the door but would like to keep Shola if he could. OMG!

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 23, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Shola obviously offered something to the side, why else would many different managers renew his contract if he wasn’t doing something right.

    Far from a top striker but all clubs need players who are prepared to act as cover and behave/show respect to those playing ahead of them, he did that during his time.

    One of my favourite players over the years, he bleeds black and white and has scored some very very big goals during his time with us.

    All the best for the future, hope he finds a good club.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 23, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Wynsleap

    I would find it difficult, if not impossible, to argue with you.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 23, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #10

    wynsleap

    why not bring him back as a coach? what has his playing ability got to do with coaching?

    Some of the best coaches weren’t great players…mourinho and ferguson spring to mind. (Not saying shola is that good, but no reason his playing ability has an effect on his coaching).

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 23, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Sage,
    I’d agree with most of that. Also not many of our players would play through various injuries because the club was short on numbers, or would give up the chance to win a major international competition because the club had just sold a striker.

    Not the finest player, but deserves some respect.

    Wynsleap,
    You are right, Mourinho, Rodgers, Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Pellegrini etc. all played at the highest level and were world beaters, oh wait…. 9 of the coaches at the World Cup, 28% didn’t even play professional football.

    Just cause you could play doesn’t mean you can coach or manage.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 23, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #12

    and vice versa….

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  • Thump

    May 23, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Sometimes I think back to Shola and go “Aw, I’m going to miss him” and then I remember 0.17 goals per game and start singing Jeff Buckley.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 23, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #14

    lilongwe

    Very typical of why england doesn’t produce enough good quality coaches, jobs for the boys as playing ability seems to relate to coaching ability in the mind of too many people in the industry.

    I think Shola has done a lot for the club, he isn’t all hustle and bustle when playing like a tevez/suarez type, but he tries his best, played through pretty bad hip injuries and as you say gave up the chance to a major tournament in the african cup of nations.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #15

    am convinced we will play with a much smaller squad next season. Why pay players who never play after all? We could go with a starting 11 and 5 for the bench. So 16 players total. Think of the wage savings for Mike! Get in a good cheap young French striker and possibly a loan of a midfielder from somewhere and we’re set! Release Amalfitano and Obertan. Sell Saylor. Rumour has it Mbiwa can leave in the summer. Sell Benny and Marveaux. Bring in the young Spaniard Perez, the loan MF, and the young French striker and we’ll compete bravely for bottom 6! Beautiful. 😈

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Ameobi is probably a very nice guy off the pitch and wouldn’t be surprised if he joins back our club as a coach or something years down the road.

    but he was really a very poor player, who gave his all, but his all is championship standard and we really should have upgraded on him 10 years ago.

    either way all the best to him.

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  • martins

    May 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #17

    We seriously need alot of new blood now. Especially strikers.. Who we got now? Armstrong, campbell and ayoze?? Seriously rebuilding of the squad and i am just not sure we have the right personell to attract good enough players..

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  • beermonkey

    May 23, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #18

    well I wish him luck with what ever it is he decides to do,
    I wouldn’t right him as a coach either by all accounts very intelligent person

    people can moan about how long he has been at the club but no1 ever forced the club to give him contracts here for the 14years

    with the right manager owner there are a few explayers that could do a great job for the club hopefully if shols passes his badges and is good enough why not same as harper

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #19

    With our modern coaching techniques we should only bring in youngsters. Within 5 or 6 years Pards will have them up to speed and we can try to get back into the Prem. Ashley will be so pleased. 😈

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #20

    ilovetoon

    I agree we could have done better, but for a club like ours not really regulars in europe it’s difficult to keep 4 strikers and let them all have enough game time to keep happy, so him being content to provide back up with no fuss and encourage others was brilliant really.

    He’s worked with sir bobby too so he may well have picked up a lot of knowledge on how to play the game, so with the right experience and development may well be a good coach.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 23, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Great interview
    Good luck Wor Shola, have a great WC and hope him the very best wherever he ends up
    Toon Legend

    @nufcfans: Shola’s final interview by @antmarshallNUFC on http://t.co/aXhcxDSdVa is a very good read – http://t.co/YNCaBL6Ts3

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #23

    I can see us signing De Jong on a permanent to replace Shola. They score about the same number of goals per season. If we can get him cheap enough that is.

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  • G

    May 23, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #24

    Isn’t Michael Richardson the ginger kid who was tipped for greatness just over a year ago? I thought the club had him rated very highly, so I’m surprised to see his name on the not retained list.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #25

    sazzer

    out of those i’d have words with

    Schwarzer and gareth barry

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  • BarnoldswickMag

    May 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #26

    wynsleap

    I know Shola wasnt great but that is a harsh comment. Yes, he was lucky to be at newcastle all this time, BUT at least he had passion for the club. He is also a good role model because he has great experience for the club which he could pass onto youngsters and he has been at newcastle a long time. A lot of youngsters would love the exact same long stay.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 23, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #27

    Never to be heard again…. 🙁

    http://youtu.be/fmimATGj3cc

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m a bit concerned about the clearout. Will Mike pay for enough quality players to make a decent squad? It doesn’t sound likely. We’ve turned some good players into dross so we won’t get much for them. What is Marveaux worth now for example? And even Benny? This looks dodgy.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 23, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #29

    We’re targeting some top players this summer for sure. But nothing will happen until I get back from holiday in four weeks if I’m honest.

    Then there’s the World Cup and it makes it a difficult scenario, a little bit. It’s historic with major tournaments that you get impasse situations on transfers. It happens at all clubs,100%, not just with us.

    I’m confident for sure but we may need to educate the fans a little bit. They’re rightly eager to see us get players through the door, and you can’t blame them for that. But we need to put the high expectations of early action into a reverse mode if I’m honest.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 23, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #30

    barnoldswick

    It’s like I say with all team sports, you have some who are top players and of course you need them, but shola was a good club man, did a lot of things that went unseen and a good 4th option for a striker, who else would be willing to play so few games for us over the last few seasons and still train hard?

    it’s all well and good saying get 4 top strikers but how could we offer enough game time to please them all, he was a good guy as you say

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 23, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #31

    Bobby and Jackie Charlton are nice lads. Would they be interested in playing for us next season? I know we generally like young players but you also need a bit of seasoning in there.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 23, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #32

    blackley

    A lot of the players we are linked with aren’t going to the world cup, so it won’t be a huge issue.

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  • beermonkey

    May 23, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #33

    g2

    sniff sniff your smelling better

    I think we will operate with a smaller squad Hopefully better)
    we don’t need obatan not used at all this season same with marv Jonas if pards was to use santon at rightback we could lose rtaylor as well

    bring in a couple of specialist winger so we don’t have to many versatile players on the pitch in various positions and it could work and prob where we are going to go

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 23, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Thanks for that @27 wor Alan. Now I feel very confident going forward. The reverse mode sounds exciting. The anticipation. The helicopter on the pad. The rumours. The letdown. The misery. Just like last summer then.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 23, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #35

    is shola any worse than the 4th choice striker at the majority of prem league clubs? i would say not at all

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 23, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #36

    At last. Stroller Bambeombi, goodbye. The hollow guise of a local lad patching over a highly lethargic Championship player with little end product should have left years ago.

    Pardew Logic. Leave a player like Tevez out at West Ham, yet try and get Shola a new contract here.

    All in the name of dinosaur football. Ashley out,Pardew out.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 23, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #37

    Thumbs up beermonkey mate. More records to follow. A record small squad. A record losing streak (we’ll try for 7 in a row and go from there). A record number of articles by the press laughing at us.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #38

    Barnoldswick

    Let’s not get all sentimental over a player and overlook the reality just because he’s leaving after 14 years. For so much of that time Shola has been a top heavy carthorse who can’t challenge without giving away a free kick, can’t play a game or two without getting injured, and can’t strike a ball without scuffing it, pulling it, choking it or fluking it.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 23, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #39

    Transfer Sage // May 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    probably why the club always kept him.

    always willing to be a back up and never made a fuss nor asked lots of money to play for Newcastle. He did it out of passion i guess.

    but there has to be reasons why all the managers always kept ameobi which we are all unaware of.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 23, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Transfer, I’d prefer a promising young striker being 4th choice (playing in cups and sub appearances and when players are injured) than have Shola ambling round the pitch without a real cutting edge to his game.

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