Newcastle’s Shane Ferguson Has Gone Missing

Some rather strange news this morning that Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington is unable to get in touch with Newcastle United’s impressive defender/winger Shane Ferguson, before tonight’s European 2012 qualifier against Estonia.

Shane Ferguson – gone missing?

Our immediate question would be,  why not?

But let’s hear what Nigel has to say first:

“I’ve been trying for the last 36 to 48 hours to get in contact with the boy to let him know I’d like to draft him into the squad.”

“The club has been notified and we’ve had the medical records sent back to us, as we always do with players to see if there are any problems, but we’ve had no contact.”

“It beggars belief when you read in the press that people want to represent their country and when you give them the opportunity to do so there’s no willingness, or manners, to say ‘no, I don’t want to be involved’, or ‘yes, I’m coming’,” 

“I can only do what I’ve done. People at the Irish Football Association have done what they do and we can’t do any more. We can’t put hands on and literally drag people in. I think it’s a great honor to represent your country, but I can’t do any more.”

We don’t know what the problem is and we shouldn’t  jump to conclusions.

But of course there was some news earlier this year that Shane may be considering playing for Irleand, rather than Northern Ireland, but we have no idea if this news is related to that.

But it seems rather unprofessional to us that Nigel Worthington should asusme that is the case, and to talk to the press about Shane Ferguson and put him in a bad light, without ever talking to the player himself.

It should have been kept quiet and handled behind closed doors, and the Irish FA should surely be able to contact their players.

But of course things can get serious on this front, becasue after all it’s about your country and representing your country, so emotions can get high very quickly.

And last August, this is what the Irish FA’s player mentor Gerry Armstrong, had said about the Newcastle 20 year-old:

“With regards to Shane there isn’t a problem.” “A lot of people speculated that he was heading south, and the FAI wanted him.”

“But Shane is very content and happy with how things are.” “He has never had any doubt over who he wants to play with.”  “And both me and Steve Beaglehole – the Under 21 boss – have spoken to the lad and everyone is happy.”

Well, it looks now that everyone is not happy.

Shane has been capped once for Northern Ireland so far, when he was just 17 years old against Italy in a  friendly, but he is still eligible to play for Ireland, until he plays a competitive game for Northern Ireland.

We don’t want to be too hard on manager Nigel Worthington, but his comments are rather insensitive, and he should have at least talked to Shane first.

That’s our view, and of course yes, we are on the side of a Newcastle player, surprising as though that may seem.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 7, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #1

    may be he wants to play for republic of ireland

  • cyprus

    Oct 7, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Sorry Ed,
    I’m afraid the coach seems to be in the right on this one. It’s obvious Shane is evading him.

  • nimo

    Oct 7, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #3

    maybe.hes gone on a massive bender

  • Eastander

    Oct 7, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #4

    maybe everytime he rings he sits in the corner and cries because he realises he’s never going to win anything 🙂

  • magicmac

    Oct 7, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #5

    As a life long Newcastle United supporter, and as i come from Northern Ireland, i think that perhaps shane ferguson, will declare for the republic of Ireland, as he comes from a nationalist and irish background, so i think the lad will feel more at home playing for Ireland, i could be wrong, but most young nationalist and irish players who come from the north of ireland, are declaring to play for Ireland, but what ever the lad decides, i think we shold all respect his decision.

  • markmac

    Oct 7, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #6

    I Guess hes gotta think long n hard

  • ichrisho

    Oct 7, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #7

    Funny enough he was spotted in Dublin 2 days ago with his Mum… Co-incidence… plus Nigel Worthington is a snake… shouldnt be a manager and has no respect for anyone.. a total no-mark…

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 7, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Worthington is a tool, and he probably wants to play for the Republic. The Good Friday agreement given him that entitlement. Anyway, its well known that Northern Ireland have some nasty elements among their fanbase. Which numbers about 60.

  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 7, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Stupid headline ed…..shane tweeted last night theres two sides to every story.

    He was saying last year he couldnt get hold of.him either.

  • rahul_magpie

    Oct 7, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #10

    hey indian magpie where do u stay in delhi

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Oct 7, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Shane should at least tell the Northern Irish FA of his intentions.
    Personally, I would also ignore a call from that idiot Worthington!

  • colwell

    Oct 7, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Not really missing he posted on Twitter last night theres 2 sides too every story. He just doesn`t like NW

  • ni toon fan

    Oct 7, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Shane should show his loyalty to to the North ,he was glad to accept international caps from the north aswell as one senior friendly cap against Italy. He is a smashing player and has obviously had his head turned by those Mexicans south of the border. He maybe from a Nationalist background but so is half are team now and historically and they are treated like kings. (Pat Jennings Mal Donaghy and our own Michael O’Neill)Shane has to do what is right and proper would he play for the south if they were worse than the North, i doubt it. Above all as long as he does the business for the Toon.

  • magicmac

    Oct 7, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Ni toon fan, why do you call the people from the south of Ireland Mexicans, and also i can think of quite a lot of Nationalist players that were not treated like kings, i personally have no problem if he plays for the north of ireland, or the south of ireland, the only point that i was making is he has a right to play for either part of ireland the north or the south, so we shold respect what ever shane decides. Ha way the lads

  • Nathaaan

    Oct 7, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Munster mag – that fanbase of 60 that won best supporters in Europe? Fool.


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