Pardew Has Given Up On Nile Ranger

It seems that those photos of Nile Ranger holding a gun, which hit the media just after the season ended, were the last straw for Alan Pardew with the 20 year-old Londoner.

Nile Ranger – Newcastle want to sell the youngster

The news today in the Journal is that Pardew was simply furious with the youngster, and it seems that since then Pardew has written off the striker, at least as far as his Newcastle career goes.

Newcastle now want to sell him for around £1M this summer, but only Blackpool have come in for him so far, and they couldn’t agree terms with the player.

Nile has just returned from the Reserves team tour of Holland, and the senior squad will now be back from America, so training with the full squad should resume today or tomorrow, and the next game for Newcastle is at Leeds United this Sunday.

But there now appears to be no way back for Ranger, and Newcastle are not looking even to loan him out to Birmingham City for the season, but that would seem better than nothing.

That would have seemed to have been a good move,  with former newcastle manager Chris Hughton knowing all about the youngster.

What Nile seems to need is a good run of first team games, and a season at a club in the Championship would seem to be good for him, but it appears Newcastle just want to sell him.

Youngsters make mistakes, and while Nile has made more than his fair share of them, it could still be good for both sides to just loan him out for a season.

We still don’t even know just how good this guy is, but it seems to us that Pardew has already made the decision, and it’s based on Nile’s character more than anything.

The thing that worries me is we sell him, and he then hits 20 goals in the Championship next season.

Nile made 58 appearances for Newcastle with 3 goals.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

41 comments so far

  • indianmagpie

    Jul 28, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    toon army..

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 28, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #2

    not bothered really

  • jukitsu

    Jul 28, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Not good enough. He has pace but his finishing is awful.

  • terencelim

    Jul 28, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Doesn’t make sense to sell him if the club is promoting youth policy, unless the club is trying to discover the new Messi.

  • Eastander

    Jul 28, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    I really dont get this lad, a couple of seasons ago he was scoring in the reserves for fun, literally! put him in the first team and he just doesnt know where the net is, his finishing is appauling!
    I did laugh the other day though when he had on his twitter 5 more years at this beautiful club, that takes me until i’m 24. Obviously thinks the club are stuck with him on whatever wages whether he plays or not, funny that because if he keeps turning up late for training and getting his photo taken with replica guns they will just sack him 🙂

  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jul 28, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #6

    We need players with the right attitude, if he or any other player doesn’t have that then we should get rid. Young footballers don’t realise how lucky they are.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 28, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    gives airey a better chance and means we will keep best who can score goals rangers head is not in it and if he keeps his attitude its going to upset players just get rid! airey will have more hunger and i would imagine he would be early and eager for training and will work hard to improve his game and will have a much better attitude

  • cousto

    Jul 28, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #8

    Loan deal for brum fell through due to the brums having no money to make the deal permanent after 12 months, thanks to their triad boss having his assets frozen.

  • cousto

    Jul 28, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Hope Airey and Donaldson get a fair crack this season. St Pedro is raving about how good they are, just like he was with Vuckic last season.


    Jul 28, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #10

    Just whack him in the reserves

  • Cardboy

    Jul 28, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Had his chance and blown it … plenty of others there in the wings willing to give 100% without being told to do so.

  • mushy

    Jul 28, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #12

    on the Ranger topic…..

    Take a young, poorly educated kid from a deprived background, stick him in a job with stacks of free time and pay him £20/30 grand per week (YES per week). Then get pissed off when he goes off the rails. Management idiots.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 28, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #13

    This is a player that potentionaly could be worth 5 times that next season if he have a cracking season in the championship. In worst case he’ll fail and then what have he lost?

    £ 1 mil. what is that these days; it won’t get you anything and as long as Birmingham or what ever team that takes him pays his wages what’s to loose?

    So AP doesn’t like him – this is not a popularity contest but a business. My God does he have a glue this guy. He has no money to spend on new players and he’s giving ours away for free.

  • Stuart

    Jul 28, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #14

    @mushy – Surely we’re not paying Ranger that much? I can’t see MA giving a lad who’s essentially still a reserve player a £30k a week contract like.

    I know he just signed a new one but I can’t see it being anywhere near that much.

  • geoff777

    Jul 28, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #15


    Bang on.

    Don’t know whether Pardew knows something about Nile, or Nile knows something about Pardew from Southampton …?

    Pardew came in thinking Nile was a problem from the start.

    Where’s the great man-manager?

    Are we going to lose out on a potential star just because Pardew has a grudge against Nile?

    Loan him out.

  • faustino

    Jul 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #16

    @mushy just because he’s black and was involved in an armed robbery doesn’t make him from a ‘deprived background’ or ‘poorly educated’!

    He grew up in Highgate, North London and went to Alexandra Park which FYI is hardly Brixton and that is a very decent school.

    The Kid is a grade A prick, that’s his problem. Do your research before spouting off, ey?

  • Stuart

    Jul 28, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #17

    @Geoff – although I agree with you that he should be loaned out, I also understand why AP would want rid.

    By all accounts the lad has a terrible attitude, consistantly late for training then barely breaks a sweat when he’s there. Gets pictured with guns (real or fake) bringing the club bad press. Oh, and he couldnt find the goal with a pair of binoculars and a compass most of the time haha.

  • faustino

    Jul 28, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #18

    @geoff777 etc. what player were you watching last season, he was woeful and consistently found his inaccuracies hillarious, on the pitch!

    Laughing at being sh*t on the field says one thing and one thing alone, he’s taking the p*ss and his attitude is shocking. That’s without posing with a fake gun for a camera.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 28, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #19

    @geoff777 and all this about Birmingham not being able to afford him at the end of the season what’s with this. Why is he so fixated on a transfer fee now – if he does well that he’s a steal at £ 1 mil. Not to mention if he does well other clubs are going to be interested.

    I’m not trying to make comparisons, but if Long is worth £ 10 mil and Sturridge is worth £ 20 mil, then surely Ranger would be worth £ 5 mil if he has a cracking season in the championship.

    And again what do we have to loose? Pardew what a class act baboon. IDIOT!!!

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 28, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #20

    @faustino and your point being? If Birmingham is paying his wages the next season so what? We’re running a business here trying to make money so we can afford new players. We’re not in a business of giving players away for free.

  • mushy

    Jul 28, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #21


    You’re the only one that’s mentioned he’s black.

    Please keep your racist comments to yourself, they’re not welcome on this blog.

  • indianmagpie

    Jul 28, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #22


    Its not just about his talents. He will be a bad influence on other youngsters it the team. AP might not want the other kids to hang out with him and learn his ways. Surely, for a youngster, coming late for training and not showing proper attitude is suicidal..

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 28, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #23

    @indianmagpie fair point, but why doesn’t AP loan him out then? Problem solved.

  • Davies

    Jul 28, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #24

    Jesper – Seriously, have you watched Ranger?

    I’d be happy to get shot, but of we can get him loaned out and he can improve, maybe he gets another chance. Just don’t see it happening. He comes across as bone idle.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 28, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #25

    @Davies, YES I have seen him play and that is really beside the point here. The point is whether or not it’s good business to deny Ranger to go out on loan and see if we can get him on a right track or earn a few bucks on him.

    Davies we’re running a business here. If we want money to spend we have to earn them.

    Give him a season in the championship and we’ll continue this discussion next season.

  • cupiddstunt

    Jul 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #26

    He has been with us since 08 and his attitude still stinks, how many chances does he have to get before enough is enough.

    He was given the “Wor Jackie Milburn Trophy” in 2009 and he still can’t see to get his head down and get stuck in.

    With the player monitoring equipment they have at the toon what they need to do is sit him down and tell him he will be fined every time he is late for training and fine him every time he slacks of in training thus leaving him with enough money to be an average wage for someone of his age.

    If that don’t work then he trains on his own so as not to disrupt the rest of the squad and you just train him down until he changes attitude and if not when his contract is up you stick his bags outside the door and tell him to piss off back to his homies it will not be long before he is back in court and locked up again.

    Some say you can’t polish s**te and he appears to be a turd of the first degree.

    Rumour has it he was kicked out of S/Hampton when he was caught stealing from the lockers of his fellow players.

  • nikopapavasiliou

    Jul 28, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #27

    they only don’t want to sell/ loan him to birmingham. imagine hughton gets birmingham promoted in style and ranger scores the 20-30 goals he’s capable of. and at the same time newcastle struggle with lovedkrans, ameobi & ba scoring next to nothing.
    they don’t want to risk looking that stupid
    ranger is 10 times the player of lovedkrans, who is just a really really poor michael owen and ameobi has lived up to his early potential and became the mediocre player we thought he could become

  • cupiddstunt

    Jul 28, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #28

    Jesperfuglsang @# 25 you are right it is a business and sometimes in business you just have to trim back and take a loss.

    What if his attitude is unsettling the other youngsters?

    Or irritating some of the seniors?

    It appears he does not want to put the effort in so get rid of him.

  • geoff777

    Jul 28, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #29

    I guess Mr Carr had a look at him before he was given a 5-year-contract.

    He must be highly thought of as a player.

    Loan him out … let him be Hughton’s problem for a year.

    Then see whether he’s developed and what his attitude is like.

    It’s win-win as they’ll pay his wages.

  • Marty-Toon

    Jul 28, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #30

    He’s a young guy and we have all made stupid mistakes…
    The guy is gonna be a great player and would be stupid to sell now.
    Loan him out n hope he grows up and if not then sell him later on,a couple of years time n he’s still got 3 years left so no problems there.

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jul 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #31

    Good news!!! Sell him quickly!

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 28, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #32

    @cupiddstunt to trim back and take a loss would be to release Xisco from his contract or sell him on the cheap; to trim back and take a loss would have been releasing Barton from his contract back when he had to do time. And a fail to see how his attitude was so much better than Rangers.

    I even remember Carroll back when he was a bit younger being a twat. I read an article the other day about Coyle the manager of Bolton. He was talking about making the best out of the loan system – about discovering the next gem so to speak. Now Strurridge is said to have a very poor attitude and personality, but my god can I play football.

    Look what a loan move has done for him, for Bolton and for Chelsea. Loaning out Ranger to Birmingham is a win win situation for everyone.

    Birmingham is 200 mills from Newcastle, how on earth is his attitude going to be unsettling the other youngsters?

    It wasn’t long ago he was rated very highly by fans and fellow bloggers and the club even thought he was worth a new 5 year contract. So what have changed; his attitude was poor then and it’s poor now. The only thing that has changed is that Houghton was sacked and Pardew has appointed.

    I don’t have to like Ranger to see he has potential and I could point out plenty of british troublemakers that are doing very well in the EPL and seems to get the support they need.

    Some will fail, but are we really running that big a risk when we’re talking about £ 1 mil. Come on people!

  • OttersPocket

    Jul 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #33

    The kid obviously has talent but his attitude stinks, has been given countless warnings and chances, most that have not been made public but he has said himself “gangster first footballer second” that says it all for me get rid asap.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 28, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #34

    @geoff777 it seems you and I agree on this!!!

  • Riska

    Jul 28, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #35

    I highly doubt that AP is “furious” with him. I bet he was disappointed and made his feelings clear at the time, but for whatever else Alan is, he is a professional.that’s not to say he hasn’t given up on the lad, but I wouldn’t be too sad to see him go. I don’t think he has a good enough footballing mind to ever be great. At best I think he will end up like Leroy Lita.

  • Geordie clog

    Jul 28, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #36

    my god give nile a chance watched two reserve games in holland and ranger was strong and direct the goals will come.also joey was awsome great captian in the last game he has to be given a new contract loadest voice on the pitch pushed others to do better shouted at anyone not doing there bit

  • Winston Potski

    Jul 28, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #37

    Its nice to hear both sides of opinions on Nile Ranger’s situation, slightly disappointing to hear ppl like ‘jesper’ using it to have another go at Pardew, when it appears most people on here would agree that he’s doing the right thing.
    For my part, I agree that we should cut our losses on the player, his bad attitude has been widely reported and he doesn’t seem to know where the goal is.
    I keep hearing people say the lad’s got talent, but I personally haven’t seen it.
    There are some great youngsters coming through at SJP and are more deserving of their chance’s – Haris Vukic for one.
    Say what you like about Lovenkrands and Best but they’re model professionals, they DO score goals and until something better arrives, I’ll support them whole-heartedly!
    Ranger? Why let one bad apple spoil the whole damn bunch?!

  • Winston Potski

    Jul 28, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Jesper – I agree there is merit in sending him away on loan tho, then sell him after a year if he doesn’t come up to the mark.
    The cynic in me syas that Pardew would rather free up a million quid now to bolster the squad this year while he’s still in control, as you know with management, he may not be the one to benefit from the cash in a year’s time! Who could blame him for that?

  • faustino

    Jul 28, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #39

    @21 mushty oh shut up you utter child. If you haven’t gotten to the age/IQ yet, where you haven’t realised that referring to someone, in a descriptive sense, using a widely accepted ethnic term isn’t racist then I can’t even be bothered with you.

    Way to side step the fact you made an ignorant comment devoid of all actual knowledge, by making another statement that is devoid of any intelligence.

    So how about you chief, care to justify why you assumed he had a rough back ground when he hadn’t?

  • jodemode

    Jul 28, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #40

    Ok, so I have analysed the gun picture situation. I am a Norfolk Geordie who lives in the US and I am a gun rights advocate… I have made a rambly-informative video stating the ups and downs of the whole situation. Please view my video here please understand it is my view and there’s no need for swearing or name calling. Thanks guys


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