Former Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi has revealed the role he has taken up towards finding the next star on Tyneside.
Shola Ameobi may not have been the most prolific of strikers we’ve seen at St. James’ Park, but there is no doubting that he became a cult hero during his time in the North-East, with his phenomenal record in Tyne and Wear derby’s bettering that of even the great Alan Shearer.
The 35-year old is currently enjoying the twilight years of his playing career under ex-teammate Kevin Nolan at Notts County, but his heart still beats for Newcastle and he has revealed that he currently has his sights set on unearthing new attacking talents for the Magpies:
“I’m doing my coaching badges and I’ve been working with the academy at Newcastle. I still am, helping out on days off. It’s home.
“It’s something I’m passionate about. I work with the academy players, the schoolboys, from 12 to 16. Sessions, groups, working with strikers. I feel I have a responsibility. I look back at the way I came through the club.
“You aspire to the guys in the first team and you aspire to the guys who have done it. They inspired me. That’s what I want to do for these younger players.
“I feel there haven’t been enough players coming through the academy at Newcastle. It’s something that if I can help one or two per cent, then I feel obliged.”
Just when we thought we’d got rid of him after 14 years at the club, he’s back!
All jokes aside, it’s nice to see Shola helping out behind the scenes, showing just how much love he has for his ‘home’ club Newcastle United.
He also makes a very good point too; there hasn’t been nearly enough players coming through our academy. Who knows, maybe the ‘Mackem Slayer’ himself will help unearth the next Alan Shearer!