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Pardew backs Newcastle stalwart to manage

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.

– Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
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