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Newcastle Coach Talks About Challenges Ahead For Nile Ranger

Nile Ranger scored a hat-trick for the Newcastle Reserves on Monday afternoon, but there still seems to be concern about the 19 year-old’s attitude.

Nile Ranger – Willie Donachie’s job to bring him through – if it’s possible
And in a long interview today in the Newcastle Journal today, coach Willie Donachie talks at length about Nile Ranger, and what he needs to do to succeed.

Willie Donachie has been working with Alan Pardew as first team coach since the Londoner arrived at Newcastle, but with the arrival of John Carver yesterday as Assistant Manager, it could be that Willie will work more with the youngsters at the club, and it will be his job to try to bring the youngsters through – like Nile Ranger.

Willie thinks there are a number of things that Nile will have to correct, as far as his professionalism goes, to become a proper player, and this is what the coach said today:

“Nile Ranger hasn’t made it yet and he has to realize it,” “I said to him the other day after he scored a hat-trick for the reserves, they were good goals, but you need to understand you have a lot to do.”

“You have a lot to learn and you have a lot of hard work ahead of you before you become a proper player. He has to take the message on board or he is not going to make it.”

Alan Pardew came out recently and criticized Nile Ranger for his attitude, and even said that Nile would either have to shape up – or be shipped out of the club –  which  seemed harsh words at the time.

It was interesting in his BBC interview yesterday, that Alan said he would never criticize the players in public, so maybe the exception on Nile, could have been an indication of how frustrated Alan may be with the youngster.

Ranger was regularly getting substitute  appearances when Alan first came to the club, and when he came on against Liverpool, the 19 year-old literally scared the living daylights out of the Reds’ defenders,  and caused all kind of havoc at the back for Liverpool.

But it seems in the last couple of weeks Nile is now back to being 5th striker at the club, and Alan Pardew even talked about Phil Airey recently, when he was discussing young strikers  coming through well at the club, and he never even mentioned Ranger.

It seems that Willie will be the coach, more than anybody else at the club, who will need to work with Nile, and maybe this is why he has given this interview, because  Nile will know all about it now.

Willie continued:

“At 19 he is still young, playing in the hardest position, up front, sometimes on your own with defenders kicking lumps out of you.”“You have to be mentally strong as well as talented.” “We are trying to create good young men here, and good professionals and Nile has to take that on board.”

“There are standards of professionalism.” “It isn’t just what you do on a match-day, that is a common misconception.”   “It’s the whole package. People mature at different ages and it might not be until Nile is 24 that he grasps that.”

“He might not be ready until he is 24 and that will be frustrating for him. He had moved up the pecking order, but he has fallen back again.”   “He is naturally talented and he finds parts of the game easy. He scored three good goals, great goals in fact, but other parts of his game were sloppy, very sloppy.”

“In fact, if he played like that at a higher level he wouldn’t get away with it and no way would he have scored three goals.” “He will not survive in the first team with that all round game and he’ll be out again.” “It’s the all-round package Nile needs to work on.”

“There are two words which are vital for footballers,” “They are not fashionable and they are not going to grab any headlines – they are reliable and consistency.”   “They are not what people want to talk about, but without them you will not be a player.” Nobody talks about them, it’s all about skill and goalscorers.”

“They will see Lionel Messi beating three players to score, but they will forget about all the hard work and discipline he shows as well.”    “One of the first things Malcolm Allison said to me at Manchester City was savor it, savor every moment you have playing football because it will be over so quickly.”

“You have to try and get everything out of it while you can, you have to make the most of it while you can. That was the best bit of advice I ever received.”   “The number one thing for me is desire. There are plenty of players who didn’t have the talent, who were told they would never make it, but they did.”

“And there are plenty of players who had bags and bags of talent who didn’t make it because they didn’t have desire.”

In any profession, experience is very important, and Willie and the rest of the Newcastle coaching staff know exactly what they are talking about. They’ve all been there, done that.

But as we’ve already seen with Andy Carroll, the young lads can make mistakes, sometimes big mistakes, simply because they are young, and that’s one way of learning.

It certainly seems the coaching staff at Newcastle are truly concerned about Nile, and we just have to hope the lad will shape up.

He’s being told every day what he needs to do, and probably  in no uncertain language too, and we suppose if he doesn’t take any notice, it could be a potential great career ended dead in its tracks.

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink – is a good saying about this kind of thing.

The Newcastle coaches can tell Nile until they are blue in the face, about what he has to do to be successful in the game of football, , but if he doesn’t follow what they say, he will simply not make it.

And there are many potentially great players, who just didn’t make it in football, for one reason or another, but a major reason was that they never had  the requisite desire.

We hope Nile Ranger will not end up being one of them.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • bentoon

    Jan 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Sounds as if hes acting like a lazy gobsh!te. Shape up Nile and remember who pays your wages.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 19, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Bout time someone brought him back down to earth.

  • Edd Case

    Jan 19, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #3


    Kind of worrying this.
    I think we all know that Ranger is a decent striker but it now seems that his days could be numbered because he’s a complete idiot at times.

    Must be hard for some lads I guess. Ranger will be getting 2k or 3k a week in wages I’d imagine, maybe even 5k a week.

    When you’re paid that much without doing a great deal, there must be so many distractions.
    What car shall I buy next?
    Which expensive electrical gadgets can I buy now?
    Which clubs can I go to?
    Which girl shall I sh*g next?

    The whole ‘football career’ might be very far from his head most of the time.

    Still, he’s in decent hands and I hope he don’t cock it up because I really like what I’ve seen of Nile and I actually hope he doesn’t loose some of his attitude because it appears to make him confident on the pitch but he has to listen to the advice of the coaches and absolutely become the “whole package”.

    We could have a top, top player then.

  • razorr666

    Jan 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #4

    I had faith in Nile, but now iv seen him miss far too many open goals!! and with this obvious attitude problem it seems he will struggle to make it.

  • Toonkistan

    Jan 19, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #5

    i truly hope he become top player with us but honestly i don’t see it happening any soon as they are publicly shouting about his attitude and professionalism 🙁 he needs to be sent to spent some time at Nolan’s house 😛

  • Brutooon

    Jan 19, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Those bad attitude came from AMEOBI !!!!

  • dingotoon

    Jan 19, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Brutoon, I think the bad attitude was way before he ever got to Newcastle with that robbery and being realeased by Southampton!!

  • Sinner

    Jan 19, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #8

    @Brutoon:Exactly.lol 😛

  • expatgeordie

    Jan 19, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Brutoon what are you on about Ameobi does not have a bad attitude. He does appear lazy but that’s his style he doesn’t run around and isn’t physical like Carroll but he does not have a bad attitude. Ranger has a bit of history he got thrown out of Southampton for his bad ways & was also in with a very bad crowd in London

  • Davies

    Jan 19, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #10

    I can see us parting company with him at the end of the season, which I think would be a great shame, because he has the potential to be as prolific and coveted as Andy Carroll is turning out to be. To be fair, being in the shadow of Carroll won’t make things any easier for him. A few strikers failed to come out from beneath the shadow of Shearer.

    Unfortunately, we simply cannot afford to carry players based on expectation and unrealised potential. If he won’t knuckle down, he’ll only have himself to blame when he winds up turning out for a league one team.

  • Davies

    Jan 19, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #11

    And stop slagging Ameobi off.

  • vic

    Jan 19, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Nothing was wrong with Nile until AP came here.
    It took just a week for Pardew to identify favorites and outsiders. Yes, there is some approach in menmanagement to worn – be careful as you may be the next pray… In some particular circumstances it does work…
    Problem with Pardew in a past – he was dismissed more than once for LOW MORAL he created in the teams.
    I’m not surprising with his attitude towards Ranger as somebody has to be a pray in “his team”. Pardew is not only publicly criticised the kid, he also orkestrated psychological attack with his coaching staff. Please, Alan, relax and try to be more professional.
    I’m really sorry that Pardew brought this virus into the team. Real professionals like B.Robson or Chris never ever behave like this. That’s why people respect them. If you want to create something positive – be equal with everybody, never criticise in public , never divide. ..

  • nufc90

    Jan 19, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #13

    Cut the attack on Pardew out.. Hughton talked about Ranger’s attitude problems aswell as his punctuality. If Ranger’s not going to be professional then his career will go nowhere. The best players don’t have talent only

  • geoff777

    Jan 19, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #14

    It will be a crime if Ranger doesn’t reach his potential in a B&W shirt.

    He could be as good or better than Andy Carroll.
    In two or three years that pairing could be lethal.

    Pardew worries me.
    He’s publicly criticised Ranger and Krul.

    We lost Bellamy because Souness couldn’t man-manage “problem” players. (Yorke previously too).

    Will we lose Ranger because Pardew hasn’t the necessary skills to nurture the lad properly.

    Pardew isn’t a top-class manager, he’s cheap but may end up costing us a player who is 50x better than Pardew ever was. With the potential of being worth serious money.

    Ashley may lose £30million+ if Ranger is sold on early because he employed a second grade manager on £500,000 a year instead of employing a world-class manager who knows how to handle top players.

  • tunneytoon

    Jan 19, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #15

    nile ranger has the potential to be a better al round player than andy carroll in my opinion. hes strong, good touch , tall , fast if he works on his finishing and attitude he could be a great player in years to come. people forget about how young he is, how old was carroll when he became a starter. if we loan him out to a championship club who can offer him regular first team football we and him will profit from that. and maybe next season or the season after he will be a starter allong side carroll


    Jan 19, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m still not sold on pardew… Some of the things he’s come out and said are beyond me.

  • maximus

    Jan 19, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Vic-you talk absolute rubbish, Chris H and shearer both said he has a problem and even Barton said he had been giving him advice and getting nowhere

  • kevymartins

    Jan 19, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #18

    The di cks need to stop coming out with this sh it …There gona wreck his confadence…pardrew didnt say that stuff when he came on against liverpool an practully got us 3 points!!!

    fu ckn fools

  • Toon XI

    Jan 19, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Nile is worried more about his gansta image than his professional career. Very disappointing.

  • Bucks mag

    Jan 19, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #20

    Interesting to see the difference with Ranger under CH and now Pardew. I think all of us were under the impression that Ranger was doing really well under CH, getting subs appearances all the time. Though CH criticised him at the start, he hadn’t uttered a word about him in the last few months.
    Since Pardew it’s very much been an opposite; he hasn’t got the attitude etc.
    I wonder whether CH was wrong, or if Pardew has caused him to be unsettled.

  • kevymartins

    Jan 19, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #21

    All you’s saying hes big headed about girls nd all

    (Hench) the fact andy carroll is coming out and saying he could get cheryl tweety if he wanted..

    ffs give the fella a break

  • lesmiller61

    Jan 19, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #22

    I think Nile needs to wake up and smell the roses. No one doubts he has ability. I think he could be a top notch player, but if he doesn’t knuckle down and become a proffessional, he will end up wasting away in the lower leagues. If he wises up and gets his head down, there is no doubt in my mind he could become a cult hero here in the future. Hope Pardew has the man management skills to sort the kid out, because he is still a kid.

  • gorskino10

    Jan 19, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #23

    They keep menthiong words like “Maturing” etc.. but is it a mature way to tell a player he is lazy and needs to work harder by telling the press, and if your Pardew who has talked to the papers twice a day and most of the times slagged him off being a “Mature” attitude? i just think he got the message if you talked to him persionally but keep on saying this over and over to the papers it would get on my nerves and if he is IMATURE like they keep saying then wouldnt an immture person just keep doing this because they keep asking him to chance? much like a parent saying to a kid “dont do this!”, “or why dont you do that!” and the kid just does the oposite! Dont you think the way Pardew has acted towards Ranger he may be lazy because he already hates the manger, thats not Niles fault thats cause Pardew is terrible infront of the media, end of the day we have had Ameobi do naff all for workrate for 18 years or more so its not like he is the ONLY one maybe start asking him to pull his finger out and run for stuff and work hard not just stand still.

  • stuckdownsouth

    Jan 19, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #24

    We all heard the rumours about his attitude when CH was here. AP comes in and puts him on with 30 minutes to go against Liverpool and the lad has a blinder (apart from the miss). He came on against Spurs and hardly got a touch (but we weren’t great that day!) and hasn’t seen the light of day since.

    Some players need a cuddle and some need be told to buck up. AP will be listening to Steve Stone, PB and WD and perhaps they’ve told him the history and they’ve all agreed to try a different tactic. Seems some on hear want to blame Pardew for anything!

  • kikgras

    Jan 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #25

    potential is nothing until realized. physical talent young Ranger has, its between the ears – mental toughness the gaffer wants…folks, adversity does not build character, it reveals it.

    look at all the “big” names who weren’t up for the fight last year…no character. you want t play now…fight for it.

  • davis_toons

    Jan 19, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #26

    This reminds me of LOUIS SAHA. Whom went on to play for Man Utd.

    Pls “grow” our young talent properly…they need advise and reminders

  • davis_toons

    Jan 19, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #27

    I have faith in Ranger to change for the good. As long he works hard enough.

    He can also do it in Newcastle. He like it here. This is his club. He can make it.

  • lewman

    Jan 19, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #28

    tell him to look at drogba and what a change of attitude can do to your career

  • GeordieLander

    Jan 19, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #29

    I feel I am in the minority however I have yet to see anything but an average player in Ranger. He appears irratic to say the least and although he has pace, his first touch and finishing look well below par.
    As for his attitude ? This question has followed him around for his entire career and we should support the manager Pardew before any young arrogant hotshots, no matter what the opinions of their talent.. look at Dyer !!
    All things considered i’d be concerned on the effect the likes of Rangers attitude effects other players and in particular the youth team.

  • al

    Jan 19, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #30

    Pretty sure it was u who wrote a story on rangers attitude sayin he should “shape up or be shipped out” and dnt think Pardews used those words he jus said he needs to sort it out

  • al

    Jan 19, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #31

    Also we knew wen we signed him he had attitude problems it’s up to pardew to help him solve them


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