It’s Possible That Newcastle Could Sack Nile Ranger

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and Managing Directer Derek LLambias are currently in Barbados, but when they return they will make a decision on Nile Ranger’s future.

Nile Ranger – has been charged with three different offenses

This news is bring reported in the Sunday Mirror today, and Newcastle will need to do something, since the 20 year-old seems almost out of control,  having received two drink related arrests recently, one for drunk driving and another separate one for being drunk and disorderly.

Both were in the Newcastle City center and  a third case is that Nile is being charged with assault,  as a man was found with a broken jaw during the drunk driving conviction.

The Londoner is next due to face Newcastle magistrates on November 17th, which is a week on Thursday.

It could be that Newcastle will try to loan out the player in January, but he signed a five year deal 13 months ago at good wages, and those could be a difficulty if he were to go out on loan.

A Newcastle insider is quoted in the Mirror as saying:

“A decision on Nile Ranger will be made when Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias return.”

“They want to consider all the facts relating to the Ranger case and make sure that any decision is in line with the club’s disciplinary policy and employment law.”

The club may try to end Nile’s contract because of cause, since you cannot keep getting arrested and expect to keep your job – well not in the real world anyway.

They did not do that with Joey Barton,  back in the summer of 2008,  when Joey was convicted of assault and put in jail for six months, but they did consider that specific action of firing Joey.

Alan Pardew and the Newcastle officials have done their very best to put Nile on the right track with both his personal life and career, but as the saying goes – you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.

It’s a sad case of a young player who has bags of skill and is full of potential.

But if Nile cannot sort out his personal life, and is unwilling to do what’s necessary to become a top class professional footballer, that God given skill will be wasted.

And sadly,  that looks like what will happen in Nile’s case.

24 comments so far

  • Saka_Bartoon

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Sack Sack Sack Him

  • magpiebop

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Not good enough.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #3

    even if ranger turns out to be the next messi or ronaldo i would nt like to have him with the attitude he has it will disturb the whole squad s team chemistry

  • davybtoon

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #4

    see colos been offered new 5 year deal sign please

  • Conan The Destroyer

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Time to sack the wannabe Gangsta! Let him follow his true passion. There is no place for his attitude at Newcastle..

  • Beardosfacedouble

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Full of promise, but unfortunately full of problems too. He’s has enough chances, and if we can terminate his contract then that’s what should happen. Invest his wages in someone who will honour the chance to play for and respect the badge.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    where we end up in the season may well depend on our january shopping. as it stands we dont have the depth to challenge for top 4 spot. if we can buy 2-3 players with good quality, it would be the difference of atleast 3 spots up and down.

  • davybtoon

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    also tavernier back from loan were hes been getting rave reviews

  • tobes

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #9

    He is a liability. I’m with Conan on this one.

    On a completely different note, I want Raylor signed to a new deal. I never thought i’d say it, but i do.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Gonna cost the club a lot of money to get rid of this idiot!
    They cannot simply sack him, as his lawyers will state that the club stood by Joey Barton ect..ect..Stated case bla! Bla!

    Should never have been given a contract in the first place.

  • spitfire_

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Ashley and Llambias are in Barbados on a date or…

  • davybtoon

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #12

    totally agree there a few players i want signed on new long term deals rtaylor, guthrie, sammi, best, simpson, tavernier all home grown players aswell all got contracts up this season or next

  • hrocks

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #13

    I think this kid has mental problems. He is probably thinking if he gets sacked he will walk straight into another contract. I hope the football world takes note of his actions and stay clear of him for 6 months. that could just be the wake up call he needs to realise with life you have responsibility. But knowing ranger we will probably see him in prison or dead through his stupidity. The lad has skill he could use to be an idol to many.His feet could open the doors to millions yet he would rather drink and fight.
    Ashley should do the right think and sack him. If anyone else on this blog had been arrested 3 times and in national newspapers they would have been sacked for gross misconduct. Sack him for the sake of newcastle united and give him the kick up the arse he needs to make something of his life

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Why do English football clubs give contracts to these knobs!
    Ranger, Rooney, Bramble, Barton all scumbags who would never had made it in any other professional sport with their previous histories!

  • Action Jackson

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #15

    Get this idiot out of the club.

    Let him go and play with his plastic guns which go with his ‘plastic gangster’ image.

    Makes my blood boil – so much promise and he’s blown it.

  • Lee Dodd

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #16

    Send him to The Betty Ford Clinic with Gazza !!!!! Nile — Its Me Gazza — I have Chicken and Lager .. Oh No Lock me up Now !!!! Seriously Though he has to Go – Probably to Birmingham with Chris Hughton !!!!!

  • geoff777

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Scary that they go on holiday together.

    Do you think they oil each other down?

    Wish I hadn’t written that, just sent shivers down my spine … uuurgh!!!

  • chinatoon

    Nov 6, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #18

    New to adding to site, but regular reader. Two points to make. As far as Ranger is concerned as long as they follow the clubs disciplinary procedure they can fire him for gross misconduct and it wouldnt cost a penny, they would be well rid in my opinion.

    second i read a lot on here and other blogs about us being satisfied witha top ten finish, Well if you have a clsoe look at the table, what is there to be afraid of other than the top 3. Take them out of picture and we are left with a very fragile arsenal, overhyped spurs and liverpool. We surely are currently the best of the rest and should be quietly confident of a top 6 finish.

    any thoughts

  • Steve_48

    Nov 6, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #19

    Showed lots of promise but the follow equation again rings true:

    Kids + too much money + (responsibility) + (little moral guidance) = cocktail for disaster.

    I was prepared to defend him not now, had enough chances; can’t even keep his nose clean in public so what chances are there for him on the pitch?

    Sell to Championship and cut losses.

  • Matthew Tom

    Nov 6, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #20

    Tricky. All things being equal, he should definitely be sacked. But we’ve put up with Bellamy, Carroll, Barton, etc doing the same or worse and they were allowed to stay.

    There doesn’t seem any real difference in terms of Ranger’s conduct and if he were to be dismissed I’d say (I’m an employment lawyer) he’d have a very decent claim for race discrimination. He could easily demonstrate less favourable treatment than white players have received in the past in similar circumstances and once he establishes that basic position, the law would then require NUFC to prove that the reason for the difference in treatment was something independent of his race.

    Even doing the same thing as Barton (release on a free) could be difficult, given that we didn’t do that in response to violence, convictions, etc, we did it due to Joey’s statements on Twitter criticising the owners. Ranger has not done anything like that.

    I do think he needs to shape up or ship out, and if a mutually agreeable solution can be found, then it should be pursued. But it would potentially be disastrous in both legal and PR terms for NUFC to take unilateral action against Ranger, particularly in the middle of so many other racism issues going on in football.

    PS Mike, my bill is in the post ; )

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 6, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Mathew Tom,

    Hopefully our discipinary code of conduct has been ramped up since the days of Bellamy and latterly Barton. Otherwise we would never move forward and this scenario could recur tieme and again. I think out board are learning all the time

    Racial discrimination is a very flimsy claim given the number of players we have from overseas and the likes of homegrown talents Sammi and Shola Ameobi.

  • toonincheek

    Nov 6, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #22

    The club wanted to sack Barton when he was jailed but found they couldn’t – his contract protected him.

    I would like to think that, with the benefit of the Barton experience, and knowing Ranger’s past history, Ranger’s new contract last year would have contained clauses that would allow us to cancel his contract in the situation he is now in.

  • BarcelonaMag

    Nov 6, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #23

    ” …. as the saying goes – you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.”

    It doesn’t seem like there’s much of a problem making him drink!

  • cupiddstunt

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Benton Toon Exile @ # 10

    It is perfectly feasible to sack him as he is a completely different case to Joey.

    The boy has already got a criminal record and done time, he has been given several chances and apparently ignored them all and he has breached any standard employment contract so they are clearly in a position to sack him.

    I think the only reason it has not already been done is the fact there is a value on him that has the potential to be realised. Although MA let Joey walk and he was valued at 5 -6 mil + while dumb f**k ranger is worth maybe about 1 -1.5 mil although with the thick as pig sh*t mentality he is displaying maybe that has dropped.

    I have a feeling MA might just show him the door and wash his hands.


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