Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew hints at Shola Ameobi coaching role

Shola Ameobi of Newcastle in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Fulham at the St James Park on August 31, 2013
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Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew hopes that Shola Ameobi will return to the club as a coach in the future.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said that he would like to see Shola Ameobi return to the club as a coach.

The 32-year-old striker will leave St James' Park when his contract expires at the end of next month.

The Nigeria international has scored 79 goals in 397 appearances during his 14-year spell with the Magpies.

"Shola will go down as having been a very important person for this football club," Pardew told the Sunderland Echo.

"I hope, one day, that they bring him back. His professionalism, and the way he articulates himself, is something he should be very proud of."

Ameobi has been linked with a move to fellow Premier League side Hull City.

Shola Ameobi of Newcastle in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Fulham at the St James Park on August 31, 2013
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