If You’re Good Enough Age Doesn’t Matter – Shearer


We really like Alan Shearer’s view of the youngsters – if your good enough – you’re old enough.

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Nile Ranger – turned 18 last Saturday


That should really brighten the outlook for a lot of our young guns at the club, and it could well mean a first debut this season for Nile Ranger, who tuned 18 years old last Saturday.

Shearer was asked about young striking sensation Nile Ranger who has 22 goals at the club this season and he told the Evening Chronicle:

“If you’re good enough – it doesn’t matter what age you are.” “If he can add something to the team, I would have no fear about putting him on.”

“I said to all the guys in the reserves, ‘how you play and how you train will determine to me whether you have a part to play trying to help Newcastle United’.”

“I’ve seen a response from all of them, including Nile Ranger and Andy Carroll.” “The response was great last Monday, as it has been in training.”

“I said to Andy and Nile that they both have big roles to play here at this football club for the remaining games of the season.” “I told them to out and show me what they had in the reserves.”

“Both of them have done that and that’s why they were in the squad for Stoke and on the bench.” “If they keep on producing results then you never know – they might get starts in games.”

That’s great to hear from Shearer and we do think that Ranger will make his first debut some time before the end of the season, and that would cap off a tremendous start for the youngster at Newcastle. It will also be good news for Youth Academy Director Richard Money too, as he works so hard bringing through some top young players, who will be the future of this club.

Add to that the fact that Nile seems to love everything there is about Newcastle United, and we’ve picked up a real pearl from Southampton last summer. It’s always good to talk about our youngsters because it’s the one very positive thing about Newcastle right now.

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14 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    Apr 14, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Good to see that Shearer is playing some young players.

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  • SuperShearer

    Apr 14, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed with that Headline I was hoping that Al might don the boots again and help us out of relegation. Honestly is there a better target man at the club than him right now? I saw him in some charity match this year and him and Sheringham were awesome together, like they hadn’t aged a day. Come Al drop Ameobi and stick yourself up front with Owen and Martins 😉

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  • Girth

    Apr 14, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #3

    “If they keep on producing results then you never know – they might get starts in games”
    has Michael Owen been producing results? No
    Will he be dropped? No
    can we afford to drop him? No

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  • punk skunk...

    Apr 14, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Has Owen had a decent pass to him recently, not in the games i’ve seen!..

    …Someone get the ball to Owen, ffs!..

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  • waddler

    Apr 14, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #5

    I really hope Shearer manages us next season especially if we drop a division, the kids are in awe of him and would learn how to be a top quality proffessional footballer.
    Carroll and Ranger would be my front two with Barton pulling the strings in midfield until Vuckic is ready.

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  • Dragonera

    Apr 14, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Owen recieved a good pass from Jonas i think against Stoke. He was inside the box with his back to goal and was easily dispossessed.

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  • lesh

    Apr 14, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Ferguson’s shown he’s not scared to play a 17 year old and that kid’s scored a couple of important goals as repayment.

    Nothing lost puttin Ranger on at some stage and moreso, Shearer’s comments might just give Oba something to think about!

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  • Nick D

    Apr 14, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Worky take note, yet another quality that already puts Shearer a country mile ahead of Kinnear. Sheareer is a manager who is prepared to look at different formations instead of a rigid 442 all the time and seemingly now looking to also develop the youth, which Kinnear shamefully ignored.

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  • Macedonia toon

    Apr 14, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #9

    “Has Owen had a decent pass to him recently, not in the games i’ve seen!..

    …Someone get the ball to Owen, ffs!..”

    Godd point ” punk skunk”

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  • tywell

    Apr 14, 2009 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #10

    This is my take on the whole season and the next, my feeling is that we will go down and as hard as it is to say i kind of wish for it to happen in the slightest wasy….
    This club has been a shambles for many years and sometimes u need to cut the losses and have a clear out and start again and the youth policy that the club has imposed will work in our favour if we go down.
    It will force the club to finally sell players who have no pulled their weight and who have earnt big money for little out put (Owen, Martins, Viduka, Smith, Cacapa, Colo, etc…)
    By going down i only see a couple of positives the release and selling of over paid pre-madonnas who cant pass a ball to save their life and have no creativity at all, it will give players like Carroll, Ranger, Godsmack and the like a chance to prove themselves in the CC next year, also build a club that has a foundation like Man Utd of players born and breed to play for the club the supporters and what it all represents…

    It seems to me that the performance against Stoke has been glorified by Carrol suberb goal, but saying that for the whole game not even the 30mins Big Al says we passed it and played well ( my a**e we did) we were the most pathetic team i have seen in my life no desire to create or keep hold of the ball against a team who spent half the game throwing it in!!! Lets admit it Stoke are the worst footballing side i have ever seen until we played them, our inability to string 3-4 passes together was shameful, no one had the guts to just hold onto it or move around into space and open up area it was just long balls up to a frontman Ameobi who is the worst i have seen why Carrol didnt start has me dead!!!

    I am not writting this as a means of hoping we get relegated but lets face facts it has a more likely chance of happening but i think we for some reason other than a feeling i have we will beat spurs this weekend and it may be the catalyst we need to give ourseleves the self belief to play again….

    My team for the weekend is a 4-3-3 if Martins plays and S.Taylor all depends on the line-up:
    Harper
    S.Taylor Beye Bassong Edgar
    Guthrie Nolan Butt Guttirez
    Owen
    Martins Carrol

    But this will be the team i think we will see:
    Harper
    Edgar Beye Bassong
    R.Taylor Butt Nolan Guthrie Guttirez
    Owen Carrol

    Hopefully we will make it and stay up for another year but big changes need to be made to help us for the one after!!!

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  • Sav

    Apr 15, 2009 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #11

    Ranger is getting some positive encouragement from the manager but I don’t expect to see him on the pitch for the seniors this season.
    On the other hand, the best gem we have in the whole youth set-up is not Ranger, Lua Lua, Godsmark or Krul but Richard Money. He talks a lot of sense and seems to have a great attitude to the job. After all the chopping and changing thats gone on, I hope he shelves his managerial ambitiuons and signs on for a long contract as Academy chief, regardless of who the manager is or what league we are in. Keep it up.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:05 AM

    Comment #12

    Nick D // Apr 14, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Worky take note, yet another quality that already puts Shearer a country mile ahead of Kinnear. Sheareer is a manager who is prepared to look at different formations instead of a rigid 442 all the time and seemingly now looking to also develop the youth, which Kinnear shamefully ignored.

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    Spot on.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #13

    ‘If you’re good enough you’re old enough’

    Probably the most sensible thing I have heard any manager or coach at NUFC say for at least 5 years.

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  • PaceOba

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #14

    ranger=rangerous!!
    click the link,let’s play brute

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