Nile Ranger Needs To Shape Up Or Be Shipped Out


For the second time since he arrived at Newcastle, Alan Pardew has expressed some doubts about young Nile Ranger’s  attitude.

Nile Ranger – something missing?

Pardew has said the problem is not lateness, and that he’s only been late once since Alan arrived, but it’s something that Alan sees that is missing with the young  Londoner.

Pardew talked about the 19 year-old to the Sunday Sun this morning:

“It is not lateness – he has only been late once so it is not a problem on that front.” “It is just about his professionalism in training and the extras you need to do.”

“He trains OK, but I just feel he needs to do extra.” “He is a really lovable character but a little bit laid back at times.”

“He needs to express to everyone – the players and the staff – that he cares and he is desperate to be a professional footballer.”

Newcastle have only just handed Nile Ranger a five and a half year deal last November, that will keep him at the Tyneside club until the summer of 2016, and he got the contract  because of his obvious immense potential.

However, it does seem that Alan has some problems with Nile’s attitude in training, that he’s just not buckling down enough to become  a Newcastle star of the future, and that’s a little worrying.

Alan added:

“You ask any young footballer in Newcastle whether they would like to play for this football club and they would all love to do it.

“He is in that position and he should honor and cherish it.” “I said to Andy Carroll ‘have a chat with Nile,’ and his response was that he has and a few of them have.”

“At some point we will stop and if he has not grasped it by then he will not be here.”

“It is time for him to really knuckle down and work on his game, because the one thing I will not deny is he has talent.”

“He could be a big player for us – but he needs to work and get the maximum out of his game.”

It’s rather odd that Alan should bring this up twice in four weeks, and there’s obviously something there that Pardew doesn’t like with what he sees in Nile.

Chris Hughton had said the lad tends to be lazy, even during games, so maybe he  seems that way in training – that would certainly explain the comments Alan has made above.

It would heed Nile Ranger to find out what it is and put it right — and sooner rather than later.

Comments welcome.



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76 comments so far

  • Lynxie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Simple fact, He is not good enough. He couldnt hit a cows arse with a banjo. Typical too much too young, couldnt care less attitude. SHIP OUT FAST.

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  • murvar

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #2

    So here’s a classic example of a mixed message: Pardew tells the world there’s a problem with Ranger just days after the club give him a new (and presumably improved) 5 and a half year deal. If I were Ranger would I take the first bit seriously? Given that he was in prison not too long ago he must think life’s a bed of roses now. What next – Pardew complains that Vuckic, who has also just signed a long new deal, won’t sort out his haircut and plays Slovenian folk tunes in the dressing room?

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  • cg

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s done fcuk all, granted some experience and gameplay is needed but one would hope for atleast a thin ray of improvement over the last games.

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  • tom tomb

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #4

    To be fair to Nile, he is a pi– head of the highest order! Now if he could just put that effort into football?

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  • tom tomb

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #5

    That is spot on Murvar!

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Vuckic has great first touch vision and ability. Can create and score goals.
    Ranger is a headless chicken, who couldnt score in a brothel with a diamond studded cock.

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #7

    His laid back attitude he learn from AMEOBI

    He didnt get much of the ball because he learn from Alan Smith

    Ameobi, Alan Smith should be shipped out

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  • joseismyhero

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #8

    His main problem is his attitude and a general lack of application, a simple solution to a simple problem drop him from all squads until he decides that he wants to sort it out

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #9

    murvar, Five and half year contract. That’s a no brainer. Ranger is worth more if we get rid.

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  • tom tomb

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #10

    His big problem is the drink, he never stays in!!

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #11

    tom tomb, If Andy and others have had a word with him, his problem is that he thinks he knows better.

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  • tom tomb

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Gg thats true, he just seems to be aloof to it all. They have all had words with him-and others outside of football have. He just can’t and won’t stop in, and if you turn up for graft with hardly any kip and a hangover. Well it’s asking for bother, he has talent but the penny needs to drop and drop quickly!

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #13

    If all of the above is true, he should be someone elses problem, end of. Get rid.

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  • ganiyu

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #14

    who ever is coming to newcastle should make their deals snappy.we need a new right winger and a better dm to cover tiotes abscence.ganiyu

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  • leedodd

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #15

    He has had another chance and shown again he just doesn’t cut it at NUFC – Get shot of Him Now Get Some New Players in To Replace Him . He Will never change We Need to Get Shot of Him . Leon Best Has become a New Faverate and Tries very Hard – RANGER Just Things He is god and Doesn,t try so Nile Do us all a Faver and Go to Leeds or some were or at The Very Least Go Out on loan. We have to Many Hangers On At The Club and when one or 2 get Injured the Hangers on Come in and Look at what Happened last Night . End Of story !!!!!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Ranger is a talent. I have seem him progress from the ressies.

    The problem is with youth, status and money!!!

    He goes on like a right knob when he is out. Which I have witnessed on a few occassions. The ‘you know who I am attitude’.

    However – the buck stops with Pardue and he needs to take control of his player.

    Lets face it – Carroll, Lovenkrandz, the eternal crock which is stroller leaves only one and he knows it!!!!

    Parude sort him out!!!!!

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  • ganiyu

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #17

    nufc underestimated stevenage and got what they deserve.the truth is that we all know who is good for the team and who is bad so lets stop slating the players we hailed the other week.humans are never consistent afterall

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  • CT

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Sorry to say this, but you guys are failing to read between the lines here, yesterday`s result could be disastrous and pivotal to what now happens to this transfer window and ultimately our season.
    2 days ago Pardew said” WER`E GONNA ATTACK THIS GAME AS WE HAVE GOT OURSELVES IN A RELATIVELY COMFY POSITION IN THE LEAGUE”he then went on “THE FA CUP IS A COMPETITION I THINK WE CAN WIN”
    On transfers” THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PLAYERS WE ARE LOOKING AT AND HOPEFULLY WE COULD STRENGTHEN IN 2-3 POSITIONS, BUT THEY WILL HAVE TO FIGHT TO GET INTO THE SIDE–NO-ONE IS GUARANTEED A STARTING PLACE”

    Ok, now we are being told MAYBE 1xplayer may come in???

    Obvious to me ASH and DELL told Pardew “WIN this game, set us up to have a chance to get close to win the cup and we`ll get your targets,lose and you won`t need them as we won`t be playing as many games!!

    Otherwise, why backtrack today!!

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  • Hughton Till I Die

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #19

    i feel he’s just not the player everyone makes out him to be.

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 9, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Alan Pardew gave a lame excuse – fatigue for the lose

    Why not play those hungry youngsters?

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  • Asilaytoon

    Jan 9, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #21

    i wanted to see airey play than ranger..yeah he did play he hardly got much of the ball and was played out of position on the left side…he should have been played from the start to see what he is all about..anyway i dont think pardew should say things like this in the press about what he is doing in training and all

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  • fergie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Ranger could do nothing with the shite service he got yesterday. Not his fault we lost.

    Match Ratings:

    http://toonbarmy.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/stevenage-3-1-newcastle-even-stevens/

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Jan 9, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Just found this on facebook

    Sunderland AFC News And Banter Page Stephane Sessegnon was in England yesterday having a tour of Sunderland’s training facilities. Loan deal with purchase clause most likely. http://twitter.com/Jamie_Lindsay

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  • ToonKelaz

    Jan 9, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Well this is a depressing sunday afternoon, any transfer crack at all to lighten the mood? can’t believe sunderland might land Sessegnon, oppertunity missed if we dont try for him

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  • connor_nufc

    Jan 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Y r yous all slagging ranger for . It was only.a couple.of weeks ago wen ameobi got injured against liverppol yous were all begging.pardew to start him but.nw.u went to het rid.of him

    Make ur.fkin mind up

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  • JWatson

    Jan 9, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #26

    Loan him out to a lower league team and get him some play time. When he returns, he’ll have some goals under his belt and be able to have a little more confidence.

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  • darthkir

    Jan 9, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #27

    Dont you guys see whats wrong with Pardew? This sort of thing should not be released to the public. This only shows his inability to motivate a player.

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  • CT

    Jan 9, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Ranger has been given a 5+ year contract. In the words of a famous song(the specials ?) “TOO MUCH, TOO YOUNG”—– What did he do to deserve it, potential maybe but he aint big Andy is he?
    Now why should he bother his arse, his attitude is obvious, now he`s set up probably for life let`s enjoy wine, women and song
    Surely if everyone at the club knew his temperament, a 2year contract may have been more appropriate to leave him something to prove!!
    A loan move away from the Toon and his clique is obviously now required so hopefully he can grow up!!

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  • jaw4life

    Jan 9, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #29

    I don’t thin MA and DL would have appointed that Kia Joorbachian unless we are at least trying to get some new players, i’m quite hopefully he might be able to try to convince one of the players he looks after to come to us?

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  • colwell

    Jan 9, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #30

    jaw4life- Kia Joorbachian story i think is just made up paper talk again, theres been nothing official from Newcastle, SSN haven`t reported nothing and its only in 1 paper.

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  • CT

    Jan 9, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #31

    With Tiote out for 3 games(no point appealing and risk a further game–rules are clear 2 feet off the ground = intent, rightly or wrongly as he got the ball) Gerrard just been sent off for the same thing.
    It`s now time surely for Gos(if fit) or Vukic to step up!

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  • jaw4life

    Jan 9, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #32

    Ahh thats annoying :/

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  • only one shay given

    Jan 9, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #33

    how can anybody slag ranger off ? just before leon best scored a hat trick everybody was crying out for ranger to have a chance , he won us the game against liverpool and now after one miss he should leave ? dont be so stupid everytime he has played this year except the last 2 times he has looked dangerous , , how is he supposed to be motivated when ameobi and carrol are injured and then pardew starts to very average strikers in best and lovenkrands not bothered he scored a hat tirck against west ham one match doesnt make a player he is pure crap as is lovenkrands , ranger gets my full support and should be given chances rather than made out to be a useless piece of s**t then maybe he might have some confidence!

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  • toon4EVER

    Jan 9, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #34

    3yrs ago tor Andy was at Preston and couldn’t hit the back of the net. In fact I remember everyone giving him a hard time for drinking and not applying himself. Ranger at the same age looks a prospect. I don’t expect him to score many yet if Yor Andy is anything to go by it took him till he was 20 to score. Ranger has time. This is a wake up call to force his progression on faster than it would naturally take. If he can apply himself he can be good. Only worrying thing is he is only dazzling in big games, cheese, arsenal, Liverpool! At west ham, stevenage not looked great.

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  • toonarmy21

    Jan 9, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Ranger is a talent got to give him game time with ac he will become our natural goalscorer they showed it against Liverpool, pardew just don’t like him so he’s using this as way so the fans think oh let’s get rid and pardews ok selling him 3-5 years from now we all will be ffs why did we get rid of him

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  • toon4EVER

    Jan 9, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Cheese should be chelsea predictive text lol

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  • toon4EVER

    Jan 9, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #37

    This is Pardew s way of saying to ranger, ok so you think your bobby big balls? Well here’s some reality try harder show how much you want it. Instill a work ethic.

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  • Phil K

    Jan 9, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #38

    I was saying this last year, and got attacked by others on a Newcastle forum – and the lads done virtually nothing since, and those who had a go at me are now – as is typical of hypocrites – saying now what I was saying THEN.
    The lad needs to be given an ultimatum, or at least sent out on loan for a season.

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 9, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #39

    Ranger can do F..K ALL without any service from the wings. Routledge is horrendous and should be sold not PL class. Look at it like this, how can an Engineer do his job without his tools???? How can Ranger put the ball in the net without any service from wide positions????? He is 19 years old and is still learning. Yes, he may have problems with attitude but its the job of the coaching staff to sit down with him and sort it out. As for a number 2, no f…er wants to work for ASHLEY as he is an ass hole with an ego as big as the tyne and he treats people like sh1te. We have been rejected by so many people its unreal….why?…..the current ownership. Like working for bloody Hitler. Would any of you lot work for Ashley???? I wouldn’t.

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  • dave 1961

    Jan 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #40

    Pardew was to blame for the worst defeat in the last 39 years of the FA cup, to many square pegs in round holes, he has no plan b, and he plays smith in mid field when he’s proven for the last few seasons, that he’s no midfielder. Pardew is just a puppet & one of the 3 cockney stooges, they are a bunch of clueless clowns. the sooner they go back south the better, Ashley has presided over the worst times in our club, ever. and now we are being investigated by the FA too, what a weekend.

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