If being shown the red card against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday was to be Shola Ameobi’s last action for Newcastle United, it is a real shame that the Geordie veteran’s black and white career ended that way.

The 32-year-old is out of contract in June and admits he was “dumbfounded” when referee Phil Dowd dismissed him after just over an hour on the final day of the season.

Ameobi had been thrilled to score at the Gallowgate end against Cardiff a week earlier, as it seemed the perfect way to round off a 13-year stay in the Magpies first team. But Dowd ensured his perfect farewell was stained as he dismissed the Nigerian.

The powerful striker has had more than his fair share of criticism over his time at Newcastle. Fans mock his relatively poor scoring record and his inability to trouble opposition defences frequently but Ameobi deserves to go out of Newcastle via a testimonial, not a red card.

Ameobi is set to be named in the Nigeria squad for the World Cup this summer and I, for one, am thrilled he is going to be on the plane to Brazil.

He may not be the best striker we have ever seen step onto the hallowed turf at St James’ Park but he is one of us, a proper Geordie who loves the club and would do anything to see it succeed.

If everyone involved at management and boardroom level had the same love for Newcastle United as Shola Ameobi has, the club would be in a place we could only dream about now.

We talk about how our squad is “too French” and how they seem to not care about the fan’s ambitions, yet are more than happy to throw abuse at Ameobi and scapegoat him when the team is not doing well.

Next season, the scapegoat will be plying his trade elsewhere and fans will have to look at where the problems really lie at Newcastle United.

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    Shola is much loved by a large portion of our support and I for one hope he gets a new 12 month deal,he isn't half as bad as some make out.a true gent who loves the club more than any other in the squad.


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