Shola Ameobi has welcomed the stability at Newcastle United under manager Alan Pardew.

Ameobi's professionalism and attitude was something Pardew wanted in his squad, underlined by a new deal signed 14 months ago.

Ameobi told the Evening Chronicle: "We have a manager who the fans and the owner believe in.

"He and his staff have eight-year contracts. Nothing really can change - we can just concentrate on performing on the pitch."