Shola Ameobi reveals the steps he's taking to secure a return to Newcastle

Shola Ameobi
Shola Ameobi

Shola Ameobi hopes to return to Newcastle United once he hangs up his boots.

The striker's 14-year first-team career at the club came to an end three years ago.

Ameobi has since had spells at a number of clubs.

The 35-year-old is now at League Two club Notts County, who are managed by former United midfielder Kevin Nolan.

Ameobi is also doing some coaching at Newcastle's Academy, and he would like to return in a more formal capacity in the future.

“I love the place," Ameobi told The Guardian. "I’m from there and it’s what I’ve always known.

“In the future, I’m certainly open to it. It’s something that I’m working towards now. I’m helping the young kids and, even if I’m not an official part of it, I will always be there to try to help the younger kids coming through.

"Newcastle is a club that will always be a part of my life.”

Ameobi joined County in January when the club was battling to stay in the Football League.

"It was on its knees," says Ameobi. "I could sense that, the first time I came into the dressing room.

"The players had played three games under Kevin at the time and won one and drawn one, but before that they had lost 10 in a row. You could see that. It is hard to escape that.

"It's the oldest club in the world, and there's a lot of prestige there. It's about trying to get that honour back."

Nolan's side are fifth in the table after winning three of their first five games.