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There's Only Three Ameobis!

A story of 3 whole football managers :O
Started on 16 February 2014 by Louis O.
Latest Reply on 27 February 2014 by The 510 Series
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Sammy Ameobi - Luton Town

So Sammy Ameobi has finally got himself a job! Lets have a look at the team:

Luton Town were formed in 1885 after a merger between Luton Wanderers and Excelsior. The club was the first Southern team to be fully professional. In 1905, Luton moved to their current home, Kenilworth Road. After WW1, in 1921, Luton were playing in the 3rd division of the Southern League, though 3 players were England internationals. All 3 soon left, but in 1936/37 they were promoted to the Second Division. This season was made famous by striker Joe Payne's incredible feat of scoring 10 times in one match in a 12-0 demolition of Bristol Rovers - a record that still stands today. In the 1950's, one of Luton's strongest ever sides was created with players such as Seamus Dunne, Tom Aherne and George Cummins. In 1955 they reached the top flight for the first time ever, and appeared in the 1959 FA Cup Final. However, by 1964/65 they were back in the 4th Tier.

Just 9 years later they were back in the top flight. They changed from their traditional white colours to an orange strip with white and navy trim. They were immediately relegated, but by the end of the decade they appointed David Pleat as manager. He took them up to the First Division in 1982 and they survived thanks to a goal from Raddy Antic in the last minute of the season. This team was notable for the amount of black players in the squad at a time when most fans were hugely racist against black players. The club reached the League Cup Final twice in the decade, winning in 1988 but losing 3-1 to Nottingham Forest in 1989. In 1992 they were relegated and have not been back since. In 2009, Luton switched back to their old orange colour, but the then League 2 club was docked 30 points for financial irregularities and were relegated to the Conference despite winning the Johnstones Paint Trophy. They stayed there until 2018, after winning the play offs and being promoted to League 2. The Hatters were promoted again after the 2022/23 season having won the playoffs but finished bottom of League 1.

Season Aims: We wish to gain promotion this season. We have a good squad that can only be improved with new signings and it is a young squad too. There is money available and the Luton fans want promotion so let's give them it!
You my friend need a left back. Great history report, it's weird seeing things like "in 2018 they were promoted through the play-offs. Good luck with the hatters.

Newcastle United have confirmed the appointment of former striker Shola Ameobi as manager following the departure of former coach Kevin Davies. Davies' contract was not renewed, with less than a week to go before Newcastle's pre season tour in the USA, after a moderately successful campaign last year that saw the Magpies retain their Premier League status.

Former Toon forward Ameobi announced yesterday via his twitter account that he had decided to meet with the Newcastle chairman Don Dyer to discuss the possibility of him taking the reins.

Fitness coach Simon Tweddle was tasked with organising the club's training sessions during the managerless period, and he too met with Newcastle director Michael Walker on Thursday yet could not agree a deal. The next day, leading candidate Dougie Freedman distanced himself from the job, and then Alan Shearer failed to agree on a contract.

Ameobi eventually signed a deal that will run until June 2029. The 46-year-old Nigerian will fly to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston at 04:30 GMT, while his first game at the helm will be away at the local Major League Soccer team Houston Dynamo.

Ameobi, who was capped 5 times by Nigeria, spent almost his entire career with Newcastle barring a loan at Stoke City and short spells with Hartlepool and Newport.

Managing Director Jamie Webb told reporters:

"I'm very happy to have our new manager almost instantly. I know Shola is a hard working person who loves the club and can exert a good influence on our players and staff."

"Time only will tell whether he brings results but I am confident he will. I am over the moon with the deal, and everyone else at the club is too."

"The players are looking forward to working with him."

Ameobi will join the players in the USA for their training camp. His side will face Houston Dynamo, Dallas FC and Chivas USA in America, before returning to Britain to play Arbroath at Gayfield, and then host AS Saint Étienne and Bursaspor at St. James Park.

Their season then begins at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. The first Tyne Wear derby is scheduled for the 28th of October at the Stadium of Light and then again at St. James Park on the 10th of March. The final game of the season is at the Olympic Stadium in East London to play West Ham.
Nice idea and good luck!
i always liked ameobi :P
I've spent almost a month at BK Forward now and I have to say - I think I may have a future in management! Obviously, it's too early to tell right now, but with the form the team's been on since my arrival we can win the Superettan next year if we are to keep it up. That might be pushing it slightly, because our squad is young and people might expect them to crumble under the pressure. Personally, though, I reckon the youthfulness of Forward is more of a help than a hindrance - the players can only get better, surely. The average age of our squad is just 19! And that's with 29 year old Petar Younan on loan from Norrköping included. He's not a player I particularly rate, anyway.

Our first game at BK Forward under my tenure was a home game against Östers IF. I must admit I did not really know where we stood going into the game. OK, Östers were not the best of sides and they were lying in 13th, one of the two relegation playoff spots in the Superettan that would see whoever finished there play a Division 1 second place side. Even though they weren't tricky opponents, they would certainly be thinking the same about us. BK Forward were bottom of the table! And then you see, we hadn't won in our last 5 games. So in the end the game petered out and we drew 0-0; both teams had just 4 shots each and we did an astonishing 19 fouls! The only real incident of note was when Östers' Sjoberg went in late on our right back Oystein Holand and injured him, though he wouldn't even miss our next game.

I soon sensed that Hampus Bergman, my assistant coach, was not working well with his team talks. I realised that he was mainly the players friend like the assistant often is, and he can't lay into the team when they need to be laid into. He can't give the hairdryer treatment. So I let him break news to players and let me get on with training duties, and also I decided to handle team talks. And next up was another huge game. We would host Arameisk-Syrianska IF, with them in 15th as we were still bottom despite our draw.

This game was a lot more eventful. Well, not necessarily, in terms of goalmouth action. Yet still there was still more excitement for the 378 in attendance. And for added drama, the referee, Bojan Pandzic, had an absolute shocker. Half an hour into the game, our striker Ola Eliasson was played through by Lundberg, and the Arameisk defender Miralem Petrovic dived in to block the pass. Eliasson went down unassisted and the referee gave Petrovic the red card. It was a clear dive, but the referee gave the free kick and they were down to 10 men. 7 minutes later we made our man advantage count, Alexander Varli hitting a 20 yard ball into the box and Eliasson outpacing Arameisk's substitute Martin Juntti, putting him in the perfect position to blaze the ball into the net, 1-0! In the second half, Varli found yet another opening for Eliasson, who took his first touch to the side of the goal and hit it home - only for the referee to rule it out for offside. There wasn't many chances for either side and finally, after 94 minutes had been played, Pandzic called for time. Fantastic! My first win!

Alas, we had another game to look forward to. My first away fixture, as we would visit the Fotbollsarena in Södertälje to play Syrianska FC. They were one of the top sides in the division and it would not be easy. We tried to play a defensively sound formation with the main aim being to shut the other team out, and Barbadian trialist Mark Watson was playing at the back for us. However he went off at half time with the scores at 0-0 and then the floodgates opened. The league's tallest player, Kouassi Bamba, put Syrianska in the lead on 47 minutes after finding himself unmarked at the far post, and after a shocking error from Stefan Strömberg, Matthias Ericsson made it 2-0 just five minutes later. James Ståhl then threw in a Petter Haglind-Sangré shot and we were 3-0 down. I immediately made some changes and then after 75 minutes, Mikael Rubin volleyed home to put us back in the game. Then 10 minutes later, Rubin dispossessed a defender and played in Acar, whose effort was parried by the goalkeeper only for Gustav Wo llgård to hit home the rebound, but it was too little, too late, as Syrianska took the 3 points.
Really good idea mate. Will be following!

The 46-year-old, who takes his new side to relegation rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers on the opening day of the season, was handed the job 2 days ago to replace Kevin Davies. Since arriving at St. James Park once again, Ameobi has already announced that he is looking for more backroom staff to help him gain coaching experience.

However, he has promised to make Newcastle a very attacking team, if at times direct.

"I want to play an attacking style because we have good attackers" he said. "Sorry, but if we have top quality target men then we will utilise them. That's what we need to do to get results.

"Newcastle had a relatively poor season last year, just avoiding relegation. I promise I will at least manage that, keep the team up."

The Toon, who did not renew Kevin Davies and his staff's contracts last week, are looking for an improvement on last year's finish.

"I am sure we can make the top half this year," said Ameobi.

Assistant head coach Simon Hollyhead, who left for Arsenal, and Graeme Jones, who joined Norwich, were Davies' assistants. Both left alongside the former England international, and technical director Jamie Webb was also rumoured to be on his way out after not agreeing with the appointment, which he has since denied.

Ameobi has told the press that the year will be a tough one for both the club and himself.

"I have to now take over a club I love and spent my career at. I want Newcastle to be the best they can be and that saves me from the first part of a managerial job, learning to love the club. But maybe this will make it difficult for me, make it harder, I don't know. It will be a challenge either way and a very difficult year for me to endure."
Ambitious. Good luck with Newcastle although you've put a lot of pressure on yourself with those promises.

Luton Town - Signings

New Luton manager Sammy Ameobi has wasted no time to shape the squad his way. Let's look at some of his signings so far.

Free Transfer
£3.6k per week

Free signing Dale Buck comes with a wealth of talents. Attracting interest from Championship sides after leaving Doncaster, it was somewhat of a coup for Luton to get him, but he will without doubt be one of the most important factors in whether or not their season is successful. Willing to put a shift in but also technically gifted, the attacking midfielder is a rare breed, but also a good player. At just 20 years old, watch out for Dale Buck.

Free Transfer
£1.2k per week

Mike Walters comes in with potential. Potential to grow into a fantastic player, and potential to play all across the front line. Having made 24 appearances on loan at League 1 Gillingham, he can cut it at this level despite his release from West Brom. And he definitely has the strength and the pace to succeed at Luton.

Free Transfer
£1.3k per week

Centre back Pete Minton has the potential to be the best player at Luton Town by far. At the tender age of 21, the ex Manchester United man has only earned playing time on loan to Skrill Premier sides Hartlepool and Grimsby, but now he will develop further with regular games in League 2 with Luton, thanks to his willingness to get in the way of opposition attacks no matter what.

Free Transfer
£950 per week

In the left back position where Luton are short, The Hatters will probably take what they can get. As it turns out, what they could get was Manchester United trainee Stewart Forth, and the 19 year old, with the agility and stamina to run all over the pitch and the determination and will to win the ball at all times, will certainly be a hit.

Free Transfer (From York City)
£1.6k per week

Who will take the first team spot is not yet clear, Stewart Forth, or player and assistant manager Ryan Bertrand who is double Forth's age. Bertrand, having won the UEFA Champions League twice with former club Chelsea had only spent one year at Luton's rivals York before switching to the Hatters. He may be the first choice this season, but soon it is likely that Forth will take over and Bertrand begins to focus entirely on coaching.

£200k (From AFC Wimbledon)
£1.3k per week

Luton do have the financial muscle for League 2 and not everyone will be joining for free. Stuart Constable certainly won't, as he comes at a huge price of £200k to take him away from his club where he has spent the whole of his career until now. The 23 year old isn't quite teh finished article but certainly a threat to defences anyway.

£7.5k (From Hibernian)
£1.8k per week

Nigerian forward Sunday is probably one of the more well known signings that Luton have made. At least, he comes with a wealth of experience, having played 55 League 2 games at Gateshead and on loan at Southend, 52 Scottish Championship games with Saint Johnson and 5 Scottish Premiership games with Hibernian, from whom he joins the Hatters. Sunday has a lot of strength and physical ability to be a hat/hit with the fans.
Yes... we have weird names in Nigeria. :P

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