News today that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has appointed Leon Best as a mentor for Nile Ranger, as a response to his recent off the field issues that were drink related.
Nile Ranger – getting some help at Newcastle
And by this move it even seems that Alan thinks Nile could still have a future at Newcastle, and while we’d just love that to happen, and that Nile shapes up very quickly, it has to be a long shot in reality.
This is what Alan said about the 20 year-old England U19 striker, who appeared in court yesterday:
“Nile needs to go out on loan.” “He is frustrated as his off the field problems are showing.”
“We can always look at yourself and wonder if we could have done more but he needs games now.”
“Leon Best has been talking to him and trying to make him understand his responsibilities and we have great professionals such as Shola Ameobi too.”
It doesn’t seem like much of an official appointment, but it’s good that the more senior players at the club are trying to help the lad, but that’s been happening for a long time now.
We put out an article yesterday reporting on Nile’s court appearance in Newcastle, and suggested he had no future at the club.
But it does seem that Alan Pardew is doing his best to save the lad’s career, and save him from himself almost.
It’s a good move bny the manager to have an older player as his mentor, and when we’ve heard Leon Best in interviews he seems like a lovely lad, and of course is recently a first time father.
It’s a bit like Kevin Nolan being appointed as the mentor to Andy Carroll, during his troubles, and Andy even lived for a while with Kevin, his wife and two small kids.
We hope Alan Pardew, Leon Best and Shola Ameobi can be successful in saving Nile from himself.
We’re all for people coming back from times of adversity, even if some of the adversity is self-inflicted.