SHOLA AMEOBI OPEN TO COACHING ROLE WITH NEWCASTLE UNITED ACADEMY
The club’s legend has been linked to one of three new roles in the Magpies’ youth set-up, which he has shown interest in

Shola Ameobi says he will welcome a coaching role with Newcastle United Academy.

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The former Nigeria international has been linked with one of three new roles in the Magpies’ youth set-up.

The 37-year-old who made 397 appearances for the Magpies, scoring 79 goals currently coaches Newcastle kids and is delighted to give back to the club that ‘invested’ in him.

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“The Academy stuff is something I have always done. Even when I was a player I would go down in the afternoons to the Academy,” Ameobi told Chronicle.

“If the Academy and club hadn’t invested in me I wouldn’t be where I am. It has always been a passion of mine.

“The Foundation too, is all about the community and what we can do. Football has a huge part to play in the city.

“You have to look at it as a positive light and to affect as many people as you can. The Foundation does that and I’m passion about it.

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“I enjoy the coaching and engaging with the kids and do everything I can to help them on and off the pitch to be adults.

“That is something I will always do and what I’m about it. There will always be a part of me for Newcastle United if they want me.

“It’s something I’d love to see where it goes and if I can play a part in helping the club I’m all in.”