No surprises here: Newcastle have announced the list of players they will retain for the 2014-2015 season, and veteran Shola Ameobi is not on it.
With his contract up at the end of the season, it looked as though the 32-year-old was prepared to leave Newcastle. His rejection of a one-year extension earlier in the week cemented that belief, and now, it’s become official.
It’s been a difficult season for the Nigerian. He played 26 Premier League games for Newcastle, starting just 14 and scoring only two goals – not great numbers for a forward. Yet that’s better than last two seasons, when Ameobi was primarily a bench player, existing on the fringes of the club.
But that shouldn’t diminish his long and distinguished career with the Magpies. It’s rare these days to find a player who remains with one club for nearly 20 years, and such commitment deserves recognition.
Ameobi joined Newcastle’s academy setup in 1995, making his first team debut in 2000. In total he made 397 appearances for the senior side over 14 years, scoring 79 goals in the process.
The Nigerian remained committed to the club even in tough times, remaining with Newcastle during their year in the Championship. 2009-2010 may have actually been Ameobi’s best season, when he netted eleven times in the second-division.
After all those years with the Magpies, what the veteran may be most remembered for was his tendency to hassle rivals Sunderland. Known to some as the “Mackem Slayer”, Ameobi scored seven goals against the Black Cats while playing for Newcastle.
NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.
Soccer personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.
If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.
The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.
Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.
Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.
Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.
Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.
Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.
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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.
Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.
The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.
Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.
The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.
In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.