Shola Ameobi returns to Newcastle United as loan player coordinator

Shola Ameobi returns to Newcastle United as loan player coordinator

- Shola Ameobi has been appointed as the club's loan player coordinator

- The former striker spent 14 years at the club having joined their senior team in 2000

- He last played competitive football in 2018 when he was released by a Championship side

Former Nigeria international Shola Ameobi has reportedly been appointed by Newcastle United as their loan player coordinator.

The 37-year-old spent 14 seasons at the St James' Park scoring goals in 312 appearances in all competitions for the club.

He parted ways with the club in 2014 having won the EFL Cup title with them in 2009 and the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2006.

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Ameobi has not played competitive football since the end of 2017-18 season after being released by Notts County.

Having featured for the England U21 national team, Ameobi represented Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He scored twice in all 10 appearances for the Super Eagles.

SunSport however report that the tall-striker had done some part time coaching at the Toon’s academy, he has now been given the responsibility of finding temporary moves for the club’s young players.

His arrival is however part of the major summer shake-up in Newcastle’s youth set-up as ex-Leeds boss Neil Redfearn is expected to take charge of the U23 team.

While Mark Atkinson has been poached from Sunderland for the role of assistant head of coaching. Neil Winskill will manage the Under-18s and Ian Bogie will look after the Under-16s.

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The club is also expected to be taken over by a Dubai billionaire as Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan has been confirmed to be interested in the club.

Bin Zayed has been named as a director of a new business registered at Companies House which is believed to be the vehicle the will be used to complete the buyout.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Newcastle United have inducted former Super Eagles striker Shola Ameobi into the club’s foundation hall of fame after a successful career at the club.

Ameobi, 36, scored 79 goals in 397 appearances in all competitions in his 14-year spell for the Toons and joins legends like Alan Shearer, Jackie Milburn and Sir Bobby Robson as a member of the prestigious hall of fame.

The 36-year-old forward was inducted alongside ex-England international Leslie Ferdinand in recognition of their achievements while at the club.

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