NEWCASTLE cult hero Shola Ameobi has returned to the club – as their loan player coordinator.
SunSport understands the former Toon striker – nicknamed the Mackem Slayer for his goals in derbies against Sunderland – has been appointed in the newly created role.
2 Shola Ameobi is back at Newcastle on the coaching team – having spent 14 years there as a playerCredit: Action Images – Reuters
Ameobi, who left Newcastle in 2014 after 14 years at St James’ Park, never officially retired but has not played since he was released by Notts County at the end of last season.
And having done some part-time coaching at the Toon’s academy, he is now back full-time and in charge of finding temporary moves for the club’s young players.
The arrival of Ameobi, 37, is part of a major summer shake-up in Newcastle’s youth set-up.
Ex-Leeds boss Neil Redfearn is coming in to take charge of the Under-23s, 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.
While things are developing on the coaching side, the club takeover is edging closer.
As SunSport exclusively revealed, Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan has been confirmed as being in talks with Mike Ashley over seizing control of the Premier League 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.
SunSport revealed last week how the Bin Zayed Group are confident they will be able to push through their £350million purchase of Newcastle.
TAKEOVER RUMBLES ON
The club have remained tight-lipped about any future deal, despite the Abu Dhabi-financed consortium insisting they have provided proof of funds.
In the meantime, the bidders seem to be making all the necessary moves needed to ensure a smooth transition of power.
Monochrome Acquisition Ltd has been registered as a new business at Companies House, with the address given being that of London law firm Pinsent Masons.
2 Shola Ameobi has not officially retired by was released by Notts County at the end of last seasonCredit: Rex Features