Zog Kept On Straight and Narrow

Just great words from Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce regarding our excellent young Frenchman Charles N’Zogbia.

Sam is very sage and wise and warns Charles not to get carried away with his success in football, otherwise he will quickly go downhill.

Let’s take a look at what Sam had to say earlier today.


Charles N’Zogbia – Sam will keep the Zog on the short and narrow

Sam was asked if he was happy to see young N’Zogbia playing at international level and Sam replied:

“Yes, but as long as that does not affect him in the wrong way.” “That can happen to young men when all the other boys start talking to him about this, that and the other.”

” All of a sudden, he’s disgruntled again.”“It can be a good thing, but it can also be a very destructive thing.”

“You know, I saw a player play once for England, and he is now playing at Oldham Athletic. He’s called Michael Ricketts.” “It affected him that badly. He let himself get carried away by the situation, and his career ended up declining.”

There has been talk that Charles in the past had a very high opinion of himself. We also know that according to Geremi he was going to leave Newcastle for another club, but that club has not been disclosed. We hope Charles just listens to what Sam says because he’s so right. Another way of saying this is once you believe your own headlines you’ll start to decline – and quickly. That’s a truism for anything your in – not just football.

Charles’ attitude has been first class this season so maybe Sam has seen something in Charles that worries him. However, Charles is getting good advice is being well mentored by senior players such as our captain Geremi. So with Sam also ensuring he doesn’t get carried away with his success we think he’ll be just fine.

Wonder how good Charles can get in say a couple of years?

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Dirk

    Oct 4, 2007 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #1

    good advice i only hope the attention doesn go to young zogs head, would hate to c him lose his potential.

  • Joe

    Oct 4, 2007 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Hopefully one of the best players in the league.

  • ToonKing

    Oct 4, 2007 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Sam bringing up Ricketts is morbidly funny :)) , as he was Ricketts manager and he earned his single England cap under him but then Sam threw him out and his career went downhill from there……hope Zog learns from the Ricketts example.

  • Bill F

    Oct 4, 2007 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Most young players seem to go through a bad patch, some get through it and go on to better things. Some like Ricketts don’t. I think (hope) Zog has had his. Almost like a rite of passage innitt. A bit Jean Paul Satre (ish) don’t ya think.

  • leo

    Oct 4, 2007 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #5

    haha its funny how he brings up ricketts often, but i dont care. charlie is a total different player, hopefully a different attitude now to go with it

  • leo

    Oct 4, 2007 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #6

    haha its funny how he brings up ricketts often, but i dont care. charlie is a total different player, hopefully a different attitude now to go with it f

  • SingKing

    Oct 5, 2007 at 2:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Seems to me this message is also targetted at Stevie Taylor who came back from England squad full of big ideas about himself new contract high wages etc etc. Footballs legions of failed talent fall off the pages of history like water over the Niagara Falls. Close to home how about Keiron Dyer or Francis Jeffers would be another good example of massive under achievement following his I’m too good for Everton rant and any young player selling his soul to the Chelsea reserve team.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Oct 5, 2007 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Zog needs to keep his feet firmly on the floor and learn the trade. He’s no where near the finished article (nor Taylor or Milner) but young with an exciting future.

    Hoping Zog’s on the wing against Everton, Enrique at fullback and Emre creating havic cental midfield………

  • w2

    Oct 5, 2007 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #9

    i think this goes to steven taylor as well, without titus bramle by his side he’s mistakes are getting more noticeable. i hope the competition for places rubs him in the right direction rather than pushing him out of the club.


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