Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has backed Shola Ameobi to follow him into management.
He is a very important leader. He is a player who is going to have a huge future on the coaching and managerial front himself.
He has had great experience here. You have to remember, he has experienced the real heady days under [Sir] Bobby [Robson] and some disappointing days as well.
He has seen it all and that gives him great experience for this particular club, and that's why he is very, very important in my changing room.
A minority of Newcastle United supporters were calling for the Manager's head last weekend.
Alan Pardew came under fire as his team lost at Stoke, continuing a dismal sequence of premier league results.
The Magpies boss has had a few days to reflect on the fans anger and today he responded to criticism aimed at him and his team.
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has insisted the club needs to improve its squad in the summer.
The Magpies travel to Stoke in the Premier League this afternoon.
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is hoping his side can get their "winning momentum" back from earlier in the season.
Despite a promising first-half of the campaign, the Magpies fallen away in the race for a Europa League spot after suffering four defeats in their last five Premier League games.
Newcastle also have a host of key players out injured, including top scorer Loic Remy.
Alan Pardew says Newcastle United "need to push on" after Saturday's 4-0 home defeat to Manchester United.
The result was Newcastle's fourth loss in five Premier League games.
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says Manchester United showed "heart and character" in their 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
The Magpies host the Premier League champions at St James' Park on Saturday.
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has heaped praise on Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash between the two clubs.
The England international was a regular starter under Pardew when he was Southampton manager in the 2009/2010 season. Now the 25-year-old is expected to be included in Roy Hodgson's England squad for this summer's World Cup.
Pardew said: "He [Lallana] has a beauty and grace on the ball that I would like to have here".
Alan Pardew will begin his stadium ban this afternoon as Newcastle take on Fulham at Craven Cottage at 3 o'clock.
The Magpies' boss has been banned for seven matches by an independent FA commission over his clash with Hull's David Meyler during Newcastle's 4-1 win on Saturday 1 March. He is barred completely from the stadium for the first three matches and must sit in the stands for the remaining four.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference earlier this week, Pardew said: “It was an independent panel and it was a decision that I was going to accept. I had no intention to appeal the decision whatever it was, and therefore was going to accept what they decided to do.”
Hull boss Steve Bruce has accepted a written apology from his Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew over the head-butting incident which marred their Barclays Premier League clash at the KC Stadium two weeks ago.
Pardew was handed a seven-match ban and a cumulative £160,000 fine after admitting an FA misconduct charge relating to a touch-line fracas with Tigers midfielder David Meyler.
The Newcastle boss revealed on Thursday he had sent a letter to Bruce apologising for his actions, and Bruce says he is now keen to draw a line under the incident.