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Keegan future is talk of the Toon
http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,2483_4085501,00.html

Kevin Keegan is rumoured to have resigned from his Newcastle job after showdown talks with the club's directors on Monday



Markets on the first Premier League boss to leave his post this season have been withdrawn by many bookies after Keegan's odds tumbled.

Sky Bet's Dale Tempest said: "The rumour mill in the north east is working overtime and the money has followed accordingly.

"The transfer deadline was simply a disaster for Newcastle, with no significant purchases, and we wait to see what Keegan's response is."

Dennis Wise, the executive director (football) at St James' Park, has already been installed as 4/1 favourite to take over as Magpies manager.

Keegan is reported - by the Daily Mail - to have been 'called into a 2pm meeting yesterday which club insiders described as 'very important but not related to transfer business' and it is believed a heated discussion took place, with managing director Derek Llambias making it clear they were not happy'.

Newcastle signed two players on transfer deadline day but Keegan was not thought to have been involved in signing either Xisco or Nacho Gonzalez, while the club were trying to offload Joey Barton without his consent.

Keegan has a history of walking away from jobs - famously deciding in the bath that he would quit England - and there are strong rumours that Keegan has walked away from Newcastle again.
 

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tony smyth said:
Not quit, sacked according to the Guardian

This in turn prompted a furious row in which Keegan, once again, expressed his frustration at Dennis Wise's control of the recruitment policy.

Newcastle's executive director, Wise is in charge of transfers but failed to deliver Keegan the specialist left-back he had been demanding all summer, let alone the "four top quality" signings he had hoped would arrive by midnight on Monday. Newcastle's only transfer activity on deadline day was the signing of Spanish striker Xisco and the loan signing of midfielder Ignacio Gonzalez.

Moreover Keegan, who returned to manage the club for a second time in January, was uneasy at both the decision to sell James Milner to Aston Villa, just days after he had claimed the England Under-21 winger would be going nowhere, and the club's delay over negotiating a new contract with Michael Owen.

Sam Allardyce's successor, who was appointed in the job on January 16, was due to watch Newcastle reserves play Sunderland on Monday night but, when he did not turn up, it was assumed he was either licking his wounds in the wake of the afternoon's row or had become involved in a last-minute piece of transfer business. By then though it seems Keegan sensed the axe was about to fall.
Hahahahahaha..... what a bunch of sad losers.
Mike Ashley said after Fat Sam's sacking that he blamed himself for not doing things his way right from the start.

Well his way of doing things are pathetic. I'm not sure how he made his billions, but he's pretty useless when it comes to running a football club.

Of all people, he enthrusts the recruitment of players to Denis Wise ......... what a joke.
 

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Nigerian consortium shows interest in Newcastle


A consortium of wealthy Nigerians are planning to take over Newcastle United, according to reports in Africa.

Current owner Mike Ashley is trying to find a buyer for the ailing Premier League club, after proving unsuccessful with his initial efforts to secure a sale and Ashley has announced he wants to sell his interest in Newcastle just 16 months after staging a £134.4million takeover.

However, a Nigerian company claim they have £350million behind them - and are bidding to secure the remaining funding which would improve their chances of a successful takeover.

Chief Executive Officer of the NVA Management, Chris Nathaniel, whose company are handling the deal, wants to make Nigeria the first African country to own a Premier League club.

He told the KickOffNigeria website: ''All along I have been working hard to get wealthy and football loving Nigerian entrepreneurs to buy the club since Mike Ashley indicated his willingness to sell the club to the person, people or entrepreneurs who can meet the £400million selling price of the club.

''Right now I am happy to tell you that well meaning Nigerians have responded and the consortium of Nigerian entrepreneurs has so far contributed £350million to buy the club.

''Ashley has stood his ground that he won't sell the club until the money is raised to the asking price of £400million.

''So what that means is that we need to raise another £50million or £100million to shut the door behind the other top Arab companies who are also interested in the club.

''The Arab companies have also indicated interest and made offers - but they haven't met the asking price too.''

NVA handle Rio Ferdinand's PR and commercial interests and also arranged the pre-World Cup friendly between England and Croatia at Old Trafford in 2006. They further name Premier League wingers Wayne Routledge and Julian Gray amongst their other clients.
 

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SALFORD RED said:
I wonder if they are the same very nice Nigerian gentlemen who keep sending me emails with the heartbreaking story about their whole family wiped out in a plane crash and saying they wil give me $50m for my help.

I wondered what they did with all my bank details, D.O.B. etc. Looks like they are putting them to good use. :D Glad i could help them. :D
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People actually fall for those scams. In SIngapore two seperate cases were reported.
The Nigerians get the locals to meet them in a hotel room WITH the money, are told the money will be put in an escrow account in the local's name and once it's there they will trnasfer the millions of dollars into the escrow account. :rolleyes:

It's pathetic and heart-breaking at the same time.

BTW, if somebdy is reading this - DO NOT EVER buy stocks/shares on the advice from somebody who called you over the phone claiming that you were referred by a friend.

It's a total scam and many people have lost their life savings because of this.
 

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Keano! said:
I agree.

They've got a great stadium, great club, (some) "great" players but a *****
board!


No way should they be in such situations either. When you look at the likes of
Owen, Martins, Duff, Given, Colochini, Milner...etc, who would think they'd be in
trouble?


Its a pity we aren't seeing the potential of them in all honesty...

Agree ...they should be playing much better with those players, but can you blame them for not knowing what they're fighting for?

In that situation, the shirt and the badge simply aren't enough. It's bad enough you don't have a manager, but if the club owner is looking to sell than you're not going to be able to focus.

And this is not a one-off sale, this is the second time in a short time span that the club is changing managers AND owners...
 

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Jazz 16 said:
I did feel a bit sorry for them but then I saw the defending against West Ham.
Shocking and embarrasing spring to mind. Im pretty sure Id have done a better
job. Did you see the way Collochini flinched and turned his body for Hammers
2nd goal. Absolutely pathetic, even more pathetic than his girly hair.
Nothing peeves me more than chicken defending.
for the salary they get, they should be going in face first if they have to.

Yep...absolutely agree.

BTW, I was pretty impressed with Alex blocking a shot with his torso during the Chelsea game. Even though they're mercenaries, the Chelsea players sure are professional.
 

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Ashley appoints bank to sell Toon
http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,2483_4181970,00.html

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has appointed investment bank Seymour Pierce to handle the sale of the St James' Park club.



The London-based bank has been drafted in as the billionaire attempts to offload the business following demonstrations by fans in the wake of manager Kevin Keegan's departure earlier this month.

A club statement said: "The board of Newcastle United can today confirm it has appointed the London-based investment bank Seymour Pierce to act on the potential sale of the club.

"All matters relating to the sale of the club, including inquiries from interested parties, should go through Seymour Pierce.

"The club will be making no further comment at this time."

Ashley confirmed he was putting the club up for sale after fans staged mass protests against him and the recruitment team he appointed before and after the 2-1 Premier League defeat by promoted Hull.

He, managing director Derek Llambias, executive director (football) Dennis Wise and vice-president (player recruitment) Tony Jimenez last week flew to Dubai in an effort to push through a quick disposal.

However, amid a flurry of statements from supposedly interested parties insisting they were not in the market for the club, and allegations of snubbed meetings, they returned without a deal having been struck.

As well as being linked with potential purchasers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, there has been talk of investment from China, Qatar and more recently, Nigeria.

Indeed, reports from Africa have suggested a bid of £350million - some £130million less than the asking price allegedly quoted last week - has already been tabled.

Ashley bought Newcastle around 16 months ago for £134.4million, and has since invested a further £110million to service the debts he inherited and fund transfers.

However, the departure of manager Keegan earlier this month after a furious bust-up over the club's transfer policy has left St James' Park in turmoil on and off the pitch.

The Magpies slipped into the relegation zone after Saturday's 3-1 defeat at West Ham, and with injuries and suspensions severely limiting caretaker boss Chris Hughton's options, things are unlikely to get any easier as Tottenham in the Carling Cup and Blackburn in the league head for St James' this week.

With uncertainty off the pitch making the recruitment of Keegan's replacement all the more difficult, concern is mounting on Tyneside that the situation on the field could worsen if the sale becomes a protracted affair.
 

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Ashley appoints bank to sell Toon
http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,2483_4181970,00.html

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has appointed investment bank Seymour Pierce to handle the sale of the St James' Park club.

The London-based bank has been drafted in as the billionaire attempts to offload the business following demonstrations by fans in the wake of manager Kevin Keegan's departure earlier this month.

A club statement said: "The board of Newcastle United can today confirm it has appointed the London-based investment bank Seymour Pierce to act on the potential sale of the club.

"All matters relating to the sale of the club, including inquiries from interested parties, should go through Seymour Pierce.

"The club will be making no further comment at this time."

Ashley confirmed he was putting the club up for sale after fans staged mass protests against him and the recruitment team he appointed before and after the 2-1 Premier League defeat by promoted Hull.

He, managing director Derek Llambias, executive director (football) Dennis Wise and vice-president (player recruitment) Tony Jimenez last week flew to Dubai in an effort to push through a quick disposal.

However, amid a flurry of statements from supposedly interested parties insisting they were not in the market for the club, and allegations of snubbed meetings, they returned without a deal having been struck.

As well as being linked with potential purchasers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, there has been talk of investment from China, Qatar and more recently, Nigeria.

Indeed, reports from Africa have suggested a bid of £350million - some £130million less than the asking price allegedly quoted last week - has already been tabled.

Ashley bought Newcastle around 16 months ago for £134.4million, and has since invested a further £110million to service the debts he inherited and fund transfers.

However, the departure of manager Keegan earlier this month after a furious bust-up over the club's transfer policy has left St James' Park in turmoil on and off the pitch.

The Magpies slipped into the relegation zone after Saturday's 3-1 defeat at West Ham, and with injuries and suspensions severely limiting caretaker boss Chris Hughton's options, things are unlikely to get any easier as Tottenham in the Carling Cup and Blackburn in the league head for St James' this week.

With uncertainty off the pitch making the recruitment of Keegan's replacement all the more difficult, concern is mounting on Tyneside that the situation on the field could worsen if the sale becomes a protracted affair.
 

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Of all the over-rated managers you wouldn't want managing a club, this guy must be right up there with Alan Curbishley and Glen Roeder:

Venables linked with Magpies role
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/n/newcastle_united/7634584.stm

Former England manager Terry Venables is the front-runner to take over as interim boss at Newcastle.



BBC Sport understands the St James' Park club has been in contact with Venables but no formal offer has been made as yet.

Radio 5 Live commentator Ian Dennis said: "Newcastle hope to make an announcement before the weekend."

Newcastle's Carling Cup exit on Wednesday was their third straight loss since Kevin Keegan's resignation.

The Magpies, who were defeated 2-1 by fellow strugglers Tottenham in the Carling Cup, urgently need someone to bring stability to a club owner Mike Ashley wants to sell following fan protests over Keegan's departure as manager on 4 September.

The 64-year-old Venables has been out of work for nearly a year after he was sacked as assistant to former England coach Steve McClaren in November 2007.

Venables is a close friend of Magpies director of football Dennis Wise.

Since Keegan left the club over a dispute regarding control of player transfers, Newcastle have been in free-fall.

And following protests by supporters, billionaire Mike Ashley, who has pumped £250m into the club, decided to sell the troubled club.

Ashley has said he is unable to watch the Newcastle team due to fears over his family's safety.

"I'm now a dad who can't take his kids to a football game because I am advised that we would be assaulted," he said earlier this month.

Venables was England's coach between 1994 and 1996.

He made his name in management with spells at Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers before his exploits saw him appointed Barcelona coach.

He was dubbed El Tel and guided the club to a Spanish League title, a League Cup win and a European Cup final - which they lost on penalties to Steaua Bucharest - before being sacked in September 1987.

He took over at Tottenham later that year and won the FA Cup with the club in 1991 before taking a role upstairs as chief executive at White Hart Lane as Sir Alan Sugar took over the club.

But a deteriorating relationship between the two led to his acrimonious exit in November 1993, which saw matters end up in the High Court.

After a two-year spell as England coach which culminated in reaching the semi-finals of Euro 96, he had an unhappy spell as consultant and chairman of Portsmouth and failed in his attempts to lead Australia to qualification for the 1998 World Cup.

A foray back at Palace did not go well as the club found itself struggling for money and form.

Venables restored some of his ailing reputation when he was brought in as Bryan Robson's assistant at Middlesbrough and helped the club avoid relegation in 2000.

He did not stay at the Riverside long and went on to manage Leeds in July 2002 but left less than a year later as the club spiralled into financial crisis.


Nigerians to make Toon statement


The consortium from Nigeria fronted by Chris Nathaniel are set to make a statement by the weekend on the possibility of buying Newcastle.

Magpies owner Mike Ashley has put the club up for sale and Nathaniel, chief executive of NVA management, has declared interest from a group of entrepreneurs he is liaising with.

Nathaniel's significance in football was recognised by his inclusion in the "Black List" of the 30 of the most influential figures of African or African-Caribbean heritage in English football, which has been supported by Kick It Out.

He was at Westminster to pick up his award but is still working hard on looking at the possibilities of taking over at St James' Park.

"It is a very serious offer, they are very serious business people and passionate football fans," he said.

"We are still at the early stages. Hopefully in the next 48 hours we will be in a position to make a statement and take the situation further.

"Newcastle should be achieving more than they are. There is long-term potential at the club, there is a lot wrong at the club [at the moment] but they are determined to put that right by getting the right people in and using the right structure."

The consortium are aware of the standing Kevin Keegan has among Newcastle support after his departure that led to the club being up for sale. Bookmakers have also taken a raft of bets on Terry Venables being the next boss.

"Kevin is a hero on Tyneside, he'd be a great choice but I can't say too much," Nathaniel added.
 

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NEWCASTLE GOSSIP

Despite the uncertainty over the future ownership of the club, Newcastle hope to lure Venables by offering him a short-term deal, and paying him accordingly as a fire-fighter. (The Independent)

The Magpies have also contacted another former England and Tottenham manager, Glenn Hoddle, about the post. (The Times)

If Venables and Hoddle both say no, Newcastle will turn to another former Spurs manager, George Graham. (Daily Telegraph)

Newcastle's current owner Mike Ashley hopes to announce a successor to Kevin Keegan before Saturday's home game against Blackburn. (The Times)

Chris Nathaniel, who is fronting a Nigerian consortium reputedly interested in a takeover at Newcastle, hopes there will be movement in their bid over the next 48 hours. (The Independent)

Nathaniel is ready to make an announcement on the group's plans to buy the Magpies and says one of their first acts could be to reinstall Kevin Keegan as boss. (Daily Star)

Keegan is believed to be preparing a case for constructive dismissal against Ashley after losing a power struggle over transfer policy with director of football Dennis Wise. (Daily Telegraph)

Other prospective buyers for Newcastle include groups from the United States, Kuwait and the Far East. (Daily Telegraph)
 

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At first I had a right good chuckle.

Then I thought that a guy who could handle Vinny Jones and Dennis Wise might not be such a bad choice. Hope he doesn't frighten the Mickey out of Owen..... buahahahaha
 

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Nigerians confirm bid for Magpies
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/africa/7641893.stm

The Nigerian consortium hoping to buy Newcastle United has told the BBC it has presented its bid to the club.

The group is one of several thought to be interested, but is the first to announce it has tabled an offer.

The man fronting the bid, UK-based businessman Chris Nathaniel, refused to confirm the size of the offer.

"We can't at this stage, that's confidential between ourselves and Newcastle, but a bid was put in on Friday evening," he said.

"There's been no timeline given by Newcastle but we hope it will be sometime soon."

Previous reports suggested the Nigerian group had raised £350m and was looking to increase that figure.

Newcastle United's owner Mike Ashley put the club up for sale in the wake of the sudden departure of former manager Kevin Keegan, but has insisted he will hold out for the right price.

But Nathaniel told the BBC's African sports programme Fast Track the Nigerian group would not get involved in a bidding war.

"What they don't want to do is spend a load of money to buy the club and have no money to buy players and to work on what is a quite a troubled infrastructure," he said.

The identities of the people behind the deal remain a closely guarded secret, and Nathaniel said they wanted to remain anonymous until their bid is accepted.

A spokesman for Newcastle United said the club had no comment to make.
 

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Enrique boost for Magpies
http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_4226510,00.html

Kinnear rues missing key players



Newcastle United interim manager Joe Kinnear expects only Jose Enrique to return from injury against Everton.

Kinnear has been handed the task of steering the Magpies through uncertain waters during owner Mike Ashley's attempts to sell the club.

The former Wimbledon boss watched from the stands last Saturday as Newcastle slipped to a 2-1 home defeat by Blackburn Rovers.

A trip to Goodison Park is in store on Sunday, and Kinnear admits only one of the club's injured players will be back in his plans.

"I have had a long chat with Chris Hughton and our medical team and the only one of the injured players we are likely to have back at Everton on Sunday is Jose Enrique," said Kinnear.

"That will give us a boost, as will having Danny Guthrie back from suspension.

"Unfortunately, the key players we have got missing could make us a better side. Chris says there are six players who, if fit, could be in the team."

Fuss

Kinnear also brushed off criticism of his decision to allow the players a day off on Monday, following the home loss against Blackburn.

He added: "What's all the fuss about?

"After Saturday's game, we all sat down and decided to give the players a day off on Monday for a variety of reasons.

"One is the fact that we are not playing until Sunday this week.

"And then it gave me the chance to go into the training ground yesterday and have a long chat with all my coaching and backroom staff.

"As a result, I knew all I had to know when the players came in today."


Secret seven target Toon

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_4226616,00.html

'High probability' Newcastle will be sold within six weeks

Sky Sports News understands seven foreign parties have shown an interest in buying Newcastle United.

Current St James' Park owner Mike Ashley is looking for a buyer after putting the club up for sale following the criticism he received in the wake of Kevin Keegan's shock resignation at the beginning of September.

And it is now reported that seven parties have approached Newcastle and that they have been granted access to basic confidential documents regarding the Magpies' finances.

However, it is understood that business consortiums based in Nigeria and South Africa - who have been strongly linked with the Premier League side - are not yet included in the seven groups.

Sources have told Sky Sports News' chief news reporter Bryan Swanson that Newcastle are still open to interest from other parties and the Nigerians are still working hard behind the scenes to buy the club.

Swanson has been told that Mike Ashley remains confident the club will be sold for a sum in the region of £300million and £350m.
 

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KINNEAR: TOON JOB IS HEAVEN (no, he's not kidding)
http://www.football365.com/story/0,17033,8652_4235159,00.html



Joe Kinnear has described the offer to take over Newcastle United on a temporary basis as 'a call from heaven'.

Kinnear was called out of the wilderness after four years out of work to take over at Newcastle while Mike Ashley sells the club.

He says: "When the phone call came from Mike it was a call from heaven. That's the way I saw it.

"It was a bolt from the blue and I had to pinch myself. There was no way I could say no. I'm honest enough to know I'm very fortunate.

"I got it because no one else wanted it but I've just got to get on with it.

"And when my career is over I'll be able to say I worked at Newcastle, with the best supporters in the world."
 

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KINNEAR SLAMS `SCANDALOUS` PRESS
http://www.football365.com/story/0,17033,8652_4249782,00.html



Newcastle interim boss Joe Kinnear claims he has no intention of speaking to the press again after being criticised in the aftermatch of his expletive-filled rant during a press conference last week.

Kinnear spoke after the 2-2 draw with Everton on Sunday but made clear he had no intention of doing so again in his TV interview.

He said on Sky Sports: "I want to make one thing clear to everybody, I am not interested in doing the press any more while I am at the club.

"I will do television, I will do radio and that way the stories that are going round will make me a lot happier. Anything I have got to say to you [TV] will be the truth.

"What is happening in the press at the moment is scandalous. Nothing has ever been said that is true.

"Most of the stuff that is flying around, they are digging up every Tom, Dick and Harry that used to play for me that I either sacked or got rid of. It is a little bit spiteful.

"I am a football man and that is all I wanted to talk about, I am not interested in politics, never have been.

"I don't mind being criticised on results but the state of things before I walked into the club was outrageous and I am not accepting that. If we start doing well and they start looking for me again the answer is no.

"I know I am capable of doing a good job if I am left to get on with it. I want to leave this club in a really good way and I want to be able to walk out of here, if and whenever that time is, knowing I have left it in a better state than it is (now).

"I have come to a club that has lost five out of the last seven games, morale rock bottom. I have got a big job to do."



Nigerians issue warning to Toon
http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,2483_4251874,00.html

The Nigerian consortium looking to buy Newcastle have warned they will take their money elsewhere if the bid for the club is unsuccessful.



The African contingent are believed to have tabled a £200million offer to under-fire Magpies owner Mike Ashley, but fear they are not being dealt with fairly.

Chris Nathaniel, of NVA Management, has warned that they will be happy to take their money elsewhere if they cannot do a deal for the Magpies.

That news will be music to the ears of Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan who stated at the weekend he would welcome foreign investment at The JJB.

"We're talking to possible manager and key personnel for the club," Nathaniel told The Sun. "Once that is sorted, we'll fine-tune our offer.

"We're prepared to look at other options if our bid for Newcastle is not successful. I've been approached by several top Premier League clubs offering us opportunities to buy their clubs.

"People are having a go because the businessmen have not made themselves known.

"But I can assure everyone they are astute, respectable and wealthy men."
 

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Shearer: I want to be a manager
http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,2483_4364215,00.html

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has hinted he may be willing to come to the Magpies' rescue after admitting a career in management interests him.



Monday night's 2-2 draw with Manchester City at St James' Park may have been creditable after the Magpies lost Habib Beye to a red card early on, but it did little to ease a crisis which has left them entrenched in the relegation zone.

Joe Kinnear has been put in charge of team affairs while owner Mike Ashley looks to find a buyer for the Tyneside club, but former boss Sir Bobby Robson suggested on Sunday that Shearer was the man with the "clout" to lead them out of their slump in the long term.

The former striker, United's all-time leading scorer, is on his way to gaining the qualifications which are a prerequisite for aspiring managers in the Premier League - although the likes of Gareth Southgate and Paul Ince were granted exemptions to take the reigns at Middlesbrough and Blackburn, respectively, without them.

And Shearer has revealed he is already planning a career in management.

"Everyone knows that I've done part of my coaching badges. I haven't done my UEFA Pro Licence which is mandatory but I am going to do it at some stage," he told BBC Radio Five Live.

"Management interests me.

"I can't turn round and say 'yes, I would be delighted to come here (to Newcastle)', because that would be wrong of me.

"But management interests me, at some stage of my career."


Ameobi tipped for Toon renaissance

http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,2483_4364254,00.html

Joe Kinnear is confident Shola Ameobi can relaunch his career at Newcastle after seeing him score in Monday's 2-2 draw with Manchester City.



The 27-year-old striker found himself playing as a lone frontman for much of the game following defender Habib Beye's controversial dismissal for a foul on Robinho.

Ameobi not only made life difficult for Richard Dunne and Tal Ben-Haim but also ended a two-year wait for a Premier League goal as the Magpies launched another spirited fightback.

His return to form was a personal triumph for interim manager Kinnear, who has taken him under his wing since arriving on Tyneside.

The 61-year-old said: "It's going to give him massive confidence. It's a long time since he has actually stuck one away.

"But I believe he has got all the ability to make himself a decent striker.

"He has got power, pace, strength. He has possibly not been punching his weight in the past, I don't know really.

"I can only go on what I see, and he has been exceptionally good for me in training.

"He has sent out all the right messages. He is a hungry fighter."

The Nigeria-born player fired home from close range with 44 minutes gone to cancel out Robinho's 14th-minute opener and drag Newcastle back into a game which seemed to have slipped from their grasp.

Beye was distraught to receive a red card for his challenge on the Brazilian, with television replays backing up his claim to have taken the ball first.

But referee Rob Styles, who later agreed to review his decision, was having none of it and the home side seemed doomed.

However, with the crowd responding to the perceived injustice, Kinnear's men got themselves back on terms and against all the odds took the lead with 64 minutes gone when Dunne sliced Geremi's corner into his own net.

It took an 86th-minute strike from Stephen Ireland to rescue a point for the visitors, and although he was disappointed not have have marked his first game since his return to the dug-out with a victory, Kinnear was immensely proud of his players ahead of Saturday's derby trip to Sunderland.

He said: "It is nice to go in having two games behind us undefeated. They are never easy, derbies.

"It is going to be another big question, another tight game, another tough match.

"But the dressing room is on fire at the moment. Everyone is delighted with one another, has the utmost respect for one another, everybody is working for one another.

"We have got a lot of things going for us at the moment, and who's to say we might not have two or three more players back in the frame for that match, which would make us that little bit stronger?"
 

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Blade said:
That was a great result for them yesterday. Losing a player and then going 1-0
down with the resulting penalty was game over I though. but credit where it's
due, they took the game to Ciddeh and almost won the game. Looks like Joe
Kinnear is instilling a fighting spirit amongst his players.

Random fact: Shola Amoebi hadn't scored under the last five newcastle managers :eek:

I felt a bit of injustice when Ireland equalized.

They were leading 2-1 and looked good value for the win. It would have been a famous victory and would have given them hell of a boost.

it's still a good result and the players and fans should take heart from that performance.

Honestly - it was their best performance this season, even better than under Keegan.

Nicky Butt's reading of the game has become really good and Geremi looks like he's up for it.
 
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