By James Agberebi:
Former Newcastle forward Shola Ameobi has revealed that current manager of Crystal Palace Alan Pardew was the reason he joined the London-based club.
In a chat with Sports Radio, 88.9 Brila FM, Ameobi who was a member of the Super Eagles squad at last year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, stated that he had always wanted to work with Pardew.
” My relationship with the manager was a major factor for me joining Crystal Palace because I have always wanted to work with him.”
He expressed his delight following his move to Palace, disclosing that there were clubs who were interested in his service.
“I am very excited to be back in the Premiership and also joining Crystal Palace,”Ameobi stated.
“There were lots of clubs who were interested in me but I decided to join Crystal Palace.”
After spending most part of his playing career with the Magpies, Ameobi moved to Turkey to join Gaziantep last summer.
He scored four goals in 11 appearances for Gaziantep.