Pardew Still Not Convinced Ranger Will Make It At Newcastle


An interesting interview with Alan Pardew in today’s Sunday Sun about young Nile Ranger, but reading between the lines a bit, it seems that Alan is still not convinced the 19 year-old will make it – well not at Newcastle anyway.

Nile Ranger – may not make it on Tyneside

Alan was asked if the improvements in time keeping and training intensity are what he wanted to see from the teenager:

“Somewhere in between the lines is your answer,” “We see him day-in and day-out, and I said from day one he needs to sort himself out as a professional footballer.”“He’s always on the cusp of being late – we’ve stopped him from being late but he’s always on the cusp.” “We’ve only improved him five per cent on that factor.”

“If we had improved him to 50% and he was here early and preparing himself – and the other players see him preparing himself – and when he trains he’s here on time to warm up and he’s doing the right things, then the other players will start to buy into him.”

“At the moment the other players are looking at him and thinking ‘You’re a young boy, you need to learn’. And he does. And that is reflected in his game.” He’s had big opportunities for us, but to be fair they are opportunities he’s created for himself.”

“And that is the point – he has got talent. We’ve got to just try and eke it out of him . . . it’s not going to be overnight, but it’s coming. He’s getting better.”

Lateness was always a problem with Nile, and he was nearly always late to training,  and had less time to warm up and that kind of thing, and also his intensity in training left a lot to be desired, as he tended to be lazy and laid back.

And earlier this season that seems to have almost cost him his Newcastle career, as it came to a head, presumably when Chris Hughton was still at the club.  But he was given a long and improved contract in early December,  to stay on Tyneside.

Nile is improving, but it seems that as far as the coaching staff are concerned,  that improvement is still too minimal and there is still ample room for improvement.

Nile had a tough upbringing in London, but Alan Pardew refuses to use that as an excuse for the 19 year old, as he continued:

“Of course, it is a little bit more difficult these days – as it would be in my day for a manager coming through in the 40s and 50s.”“There are your eras and you expect certain things.” “But I still have young players here who I haven’t got a problem with who are on time, who are professional and have similar backgrounds to Nile.”

“So I’m not accepting that as an excuse – I’m not accepting it from Nile, I’m not accepting it from any young player.”

“There are certain strategic things at a football club that need to be done. You need to practice on your weaknesses, the senior players need to see that. “Then they’ll buy into you, then they’ll ‘have’ you.”

“Whether he’s a Newcastle regular, it’s all down to him. We’re putting it all in front of him – the only excuse he has got is himself.”

So it seems that things are improving with Nile, but probably not fast enough so it will be interesting to see how Nile does on Tyneside, but Nile has a great example of what can happen if you stick in, work your socks off in training,  and want to improve  to get the most out of your abilities.

That’s exactly how Andy Carroll thought and acted, and he made unbelievable progress over the last year, and seems to be fulfilling his promise as a potential top striker.

Nile probably has even more ability than Andy, and is better than Andy was at his age, and has played a lot more time for Newcastle.

Nile has 51 appearances for Newcastle so far and he’s  still only 19, and Andy didn’t have 20 appearances when he was the same age as Nile is now, so we have to hope the Londoner knuckles down big time, but we have to say the signs do not look particularly good. Nile is just less than two and a half years younger than Andy.

And one last thought, was he really injured yesterday?

Or did he perhaps turn up late for the game,  or some other thing happened that kept him off the bench yesterday, and which is why we are again talking about Nile’s tardiness and whether he can be successful at Newcastle this Sunday morning?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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16 comments so far

  • Lee Dodd

    Mar 6, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Were To Soft on Him. Would he mess about at Man United and Give Alex Ferguson that Attitude ?? Does he think He is to Good ?? or is he Angling For a Move To London Somewere ?? He was in the Team with Judas a few years ago and look how he came on why hasn’t Ranger ??

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 6, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #2

    The new contract was a big mistake. Looks as if he thinks he’s got it in the bag and can relax. He sould have been made to work for it. If he thought he could be moved on any day he would work his bollocks off to get a decent contract. Maybe Pardew should send him out into the real world for a few weeks. Let him work with the ground staff or something. Then he’ll know what real life is about and how lucky he is.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 6, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #3

    The new contract was a big mistake. Looks as if he thinks he’s got it in the bag and can relax. He should have been made to work for it. If he thought he could be moved on any day he would work his bollocks off to get a decent contract. Maybe Pardew should send him out into the real world for a few weeks. Let him work with the ground staff or something. Then he’ll know what real life is about and how lucky he is.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 6, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Must have thought I was talking to my son and had to repeat myself. 🙂

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  • spanishtoon

    Mar 6, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #5

    good piece ed, and it seems that Pardew has decided to take a risk by criticising him…it could really spur him on just totally sideline him http://tinyurl.com/6hznp8j

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  • peterktoon

    Mar 6, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #6

    He needs to go out on a loan to a championship club and play regualy and score on a regualy basis.
    Look what it did for Carroll to play one season in the championship!

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  • Sav

    Mar 6, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #7

    For Ranger’s best interests – and ultimately NUFC’s, he should have been loaned out to a Championship or Div.1 side this season. The fact that we didn’t is down to having a skeletal squad – and the selling our best striker. Ranger’s loan club should have been chosen for its experienced and no-messing boss and senior players. The experience would have done Nile a world of good and this argument would not be happening. he knows he is only going to get 15 minutes, so why bother? If he was knackered until Tuesday after playing 95 minutes, it might be different but he’s an overpaid kid and needs help and encouragement.
    Its part of the same decision-making genius that has Routledge loaned out in Jan with only Joey for cover.
    As for Llambias’ getting the best price for Carroll, the fact is, we’d have got a very decent price for him in may. if that was so important. We’ve potentially stuffed our season for the difference between that price and the 35 million squeezed out of Liverpool/Chelsea in January. And still we couldn’t arrange a decent loan striker deal from either of those clubs to grease the deal?

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  • Sav

    Mar 6, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #8

    “Its part of the same decision-making genius that has Routledge loaned out in Jan with only Joey for cover.”
    ie. as soon as Barton gets injured or banned, we lose points.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #9

    That’s an interesting point you’ve made Ed. Now that you mention it I think that Nile wasn’t injured and it’s Pardew’s way of punishing the player and being ‘hard’ on him. this is worrying for us too. If this player we rely on shows how immature he is everyday he is best sent out on loan for a season to a club that will not tolerate it. If Pardew gets bad feedback from the club/s he is loaned out to then it would be wise to sell him. We don’t need immature babies like a certain N’Zogbia, loads of talent but a horrible attitude. I really like Ranger and hope he cuts out his foolishness and starts working hard! He’s wasting the chance of a lifetime just because he can’t be bothered. If he keeps this up he won’t be here long-fact.

    Ps. I think he is also a bit disillusioned to the fact his efforts on the pitch have not been rewarded with a goal. He has played really well and a goal for him is the boost he needs to finally kick on and progress.

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  • bawtat

    Mar 6, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #10

    he was left out cost he ain’t scored a PL goal and shola has simple

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  • Bao Zheng

    Mar 6, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Let’s try and remember Nile is 19, think back to how you were at 19. I seem recall at that age AC was in plenty trouble off the pitch, had been sent home from U21’s and couldn’t get a game for PNE. What he needs is some astute management. On which subject by the end of the year we may be looking at the headline “Ranger Still Not Convinced Pardew Will Make It At Newcastle”.

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 6, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Pardew should shut the f*** up about players, it’s not like he’s Jose bloody Mourinho himself. In the end Nile (for all his faults) will be a far better player than Pards is a manager. This tittle tattle via-the-media criticism only gives the opposition more chance to wind our players up, while unsettling the dressing room.

    Expect a mass exodus come the summer, when the real truth about the self-loving puppet Pardew will emerge from departing players currently loyal to the Hoots’ dressing room solidarity ethic.

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  • gorskino10

    Mar 6, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #13

    No offense but if Pardew says WORK HARD IN TRAINING and you see players like Ameobi not even trying or running, would you be spured on by that? i would of thought so and all i see Pardew do is slag him off and not instruct him proper tbh why havent you said anything about who annoynmous Loven has been this season? him and Ameobi were terrible at weekend why play them if you see players playing crap and still starting its bad for morale give Ranger and go his attitude will improve if you show him the right attitude and speaking behind his back isnt the start of it.

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  • bills-son

    Mar 6, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #14

    gorskino10 – you see players like Ameobi not even trying or running.

    This a myth – and utter nonsense.

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  • toonfan09

    Mar 6, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #15

    dunno what game u were watching gorskin but ameobi was decent when he came considering he is wearing tht mask he must be aprehensive because if the bone moves it can go up through his eye

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  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 7, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Gorsinko no offence intended but by all accounts you are talking c**p, have you watched them in training and have you seen Ameobi not even trying or running?????

    Rumour has it that Ameobi puts in huge effort in training and is a model professional footballer, so where do you get your info???

    The whole squad wears state of the art monitoring equipment so you don’t have to watch them in training you just look at the printouts and you can see who is putting in the graft.

    I think you and a lot of others posting in on this thread are missing the point, at the start of AP’s statement it says “Somewhere in between the lines is your answer,”

    It appears that a lot of folk on here are incapable of reading between the lines…… In fact I would go as far as to say probably a lot of the complainers on here still move their mouths when just reading the actual lines.

    The boy is repeatedly late for training, now that shows a distinct lack of desire and a complete lack of respect for the professionals around him who do turn up in good time and put in a good shift in training.

    When a group of long term career premier league professionals and internationalists can turn up in plenty of time to warm up properly and put in a full shift of training, then so can a 19 yr old. But this 19 yr old turns up at the last minute and expects to get to the front of the queue on match day.

    AC for all his off field problems apparently showed enormous desire to train and improve ranger shows none of this desire.

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