Can Newcastle Unload Ranger And Xisco This Summer?


Newcastle’s 20 year-old striker Nile Ranger today denied assaulting two revellers and two police officers during a night out in the Newcastle city center.

Nile Ranger – in court again today

The Londoner faces charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against Stephen Simpson and David Armstrong.

IN addition to that he also faces charges of assault by beating against two police officers,  while he was out in the Newcastle city center on August 27th.

The England U19 striker appeared before Newcastle Crown Court today, but he denied all charges, and the outcome of the hearing was that he will now go on trial on June 26th, and the trial  is expected to last for around three days.

The striker was signed from Southampton in August of 2008, after some troubled times as a juvenile, and at first he seems to do well on Tyneside, and not only played well and made a number of first team appearances, but he also kept himself out of trouble.

But that all seems to have ended last summer, when he was brought up for a drunk driving offense and then these charges of assault.

At the hearing this morning Judge Guy Whitburn agreed to continue Ranger’s conditional bail, which disallows him from entering the city center in Newcastle, which is designated as the parking meter zone.

The one proviso to that is when he is selected to play a home game for Newcastle United, which we don’t think will be anytime soon.

We expect Ranger to be sold in the summer, if Newcastle can find a team that will take him, although one obstacle to that happening is that he signed a lucrative five and a half year contract back in October of 2010.

It may be difficult for another club to match those terms: Ranger played 58 times for Newcastle with 3 goals.

Francisco Jiménez Tejada – better known as Xisco

And that just so happens to be  a similar situation that Newcastle have with Xisco.

The Spanish U21 International still has 18 months left of his £50K/week deal at Newcastle he signed back in 2008, and Newcastle are having trouble unloading the Spaniard.

The 25 year-old has played only 9 times for Newcastle with one goal, which he scored on his debut against Hull City, but Newcastle have been unable to transfer him and get him off the wage bill  over the last two summers.

And that’s mainly because of his high wages, and he’s on loan at his former club Deportivo for this season.

Ranger and Xisco are two well paid strikers who have no future at the Newcastle club.

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321 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 29, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #1

    i am willing to give ranger a chance, xisco i feel he was treated unfairly. let him go if it helps

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  • ParisToon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Indian – why give Ranger a chance when he’s hauled before the courts, like Joey Barton we should get rid asap.

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  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Feb 29, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #3

    TDS. Yeah looks like Stekelenberg will get the nod. Fine by me… Krul’s a machine.

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  • billy

    Feb 29, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Come the summer a good clear out from the manager to Ranger,simpson,willamson,guthrie,ameobi,colocini,perchetc etc!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Both Ranger and Xisco need to go a.s.a.p. They clearly don’t have a part to play and are just preventing us bettering our squad. As Edd’s article says though….”Can We?”

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Go on then Billy…amaze me with your insight…who should be Pardew’s replacement?

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  • davybtoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Billy you truly r a smb the only insight billy has is how to get ball deep in teds ass

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  • ted

    Feb 29, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Billy your spot on a good clear out to many championship players at the club you can see by the way cabaye berates them that he realises hes carrying the likes of guthrie and perch hes not used to playing along side plodders like these and yet pardew thinks guthrie and perch are good players thats why he has to go.

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  • ParisToon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Now now children, its a NUFC blog not a bloody slanging match!

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  • Dannyo

    Feb 29, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Dear God i hope they manage to get rid.

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  • bob

    Feb 29, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #11

    davybtoon alchemist posted a good comment about your job ha ha!

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  • WWJBD

    Feb 29, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #12

    U know I used to wonder why all the regulars I used to discuss football with on here dont comment anymore, I dont do that anymore

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #13

    It’s not surprising is it WWJBD

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  • billy

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Ha ha i read that one bob davybtoon tongue job for pardews ass!

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  • WWJBD

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Not even remotely Ibiza mate

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #16

    WWJBD 🙂

    Anyone going to the Scum match this weekend?

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  • archaeomag

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #17

    @WWJBD
    I smell an outbreak of trolls, must be the upcoming derby

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  • WWJBD

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #18

    archaromag
    Yeah I was thinking the same tbh

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  • davybtoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Billy, bob n ted u lot truly kno f@@k all about football bet not even one of u go to match, 2 of u hav openly admitted we havent had a good manager or team in the last 50 year bcoz we hav won nothing Mackem twats

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  • -Tendo-

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #20

    this blog is just a slanging match nowadays with bob/ billy and ted….i wouldn’t surpirse me if they are one in the same….and no bob i am hardly the voice of reason, it’s jsut that you three bore the absolute shite out of me with you’re petty bickering, if i remeber correctly bob aren’t you supposed to be a bored retired old man? becuase you act like a 10 year old

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  • G

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #21

    Meanwhile back on the thread, there is still a little part of me that wants both of these players to do well at the toon. Ranger has bags of talent, but no idea how to use it, and Xisco was signed by somebody not involved in first team affairs, but never rated by those that do have involvement in first team affairs. I know there is a big difference between the Prem and a pre-season friendly, but can anybody remember just at the start of what turned out to be our relegation season, Xisco started a couple of friendlies on the left wing, and looked brilliant? Wouldn’t it be nice if he came in again, did the business and we actually got a few quid in return for his services?

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  • ROSHAN

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #22

    i think PARDEw will play the same starting 11 which played against wolves in our derby match

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #23

    G….I’ve not seen enough of Xisco to comment really. But if we can’t get rid, might as well try and use him where we can.

    I agree Ranger does have talent….but so far the trouble he brings outweighs the talent

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  • ROSHAN

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #24

    all the indians in this BLOG our derby game will be shown live on ESPN at 5-30 PM

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #25

    Roshan….Most likely. What would be your line-up for the weekend?

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  • G

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #26

    @post 23. Ranger is happy to live in his little imaginary world of pretend gangsters (gangsta’s? Sorry, not down with the kids anymore!) and glamorous criminals in Chelsea Tractors. If he cant iron that out of his system, then I agree with the comments above that we should get rid at the earliest oportunity.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #27

    G…Gangsta’s would be correct. Time will tell…although I’m not sure he’s got too much time to put it right anymore

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Billy bob and ted are one and the same. They have a planb ring about them, and as mentioned before seem to be mackem trolls. I do hope the more constructive posters stick around and don’t let these neggers and moaners win out.

    On topic, both players have one thing in common – they are paid disproportionately high wages for their talent / commitment / professionalism. Ranger secured his deal and immediately went into idle, Xisco the same but he knew he had landed on both his left feet as a very ordinary payer who slid in under the scouying radar. I expect thwm to do a Campbell / Smudger and eke every last penny out of us, thereby making us wait for at least two if not more good players coming in.

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  • -Tendo-

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Tsunki – i’m glad it’s not just me thinking that! notice they’ve all gone at once. Tea time maybe…

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #30

    Phone = typos sorry 🙁

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  • -Tendo-

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #31

    Xisco will surely do a smudger, but with everythign ranger has done, surely he is in breach of contract by now?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #32

    Tendo….either bed time for the kiddies or they’re on a hot date with each other

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Tendo – didn’t planb have to go about this time? I remember someone actually posting the exact time he would disappear and he did right on cue, suggesting a call for tea by mam. 🙂

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  • archaeomag

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #34

    @G
    I think Xisco does not want to play in England for personal reasons; as for Ranger it is always disappointing when ‘one of own’ lets us down. Football is about hope – so on a good day you imagine he will grow out of it; but corporate minded NUFC will want to clean the problem, although they will also want a return on investment.

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  • WWJBD

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #35

    On topic although I do see why these two are being compared I think its unfair towards Xisco he came here and wanted to play football then developed (rumoured) attitude issues because of how he was treated

    Ranger seems to be a footballer on the side he wants to be a gangster. His attitude was there from the beginning of his NUFC career.

    I still feel a bit sorry for Xisco whereas I have no pity at all for Ranger. Both are paid way over what they are worth but I dont blame them for that, they didnt hold a gun to MA’s head and force these contracts. I dont think we will get rid of Xisco unless we agree to pay most of his wages at another club but Ranger we may have ground to sack in June we will have to wait and see

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #36

    It always gets me that in our crappy world of working for a living if we were constantly in court and unable to work because of our outrageous lifestyle we would get a p45 jammed iin our mouth and booted into the company car park. How come these barton ranger types seem to hold their employers to ransom for house money per week? Where are the clubs employment lawyers?

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  • -Tendo-

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #37

    hahaha yeah i think ya right, this blog is so much better when people like them aren’t on it, we can talk actually talk about NUFC instead of getting drawn into fueds with the little shites!!

    I have a mate who supports southamton and worked there for a bit and he told me they released him because he was nicking kits and giving them out to his mates, dont know how thruhful it is but wouldnt surpirse me

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  • ROSHAN

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #38

    TSUNKI my team will be
    KRUL
    RAYLOR
    WILLIAMSON
    COLO
    SANTON
    GUTHRE
    TIOTE
    CABAYE
    BEN ARFA
    CISSE
    BA
    and the formation will be 4 3 3 or else we can play this team in a 4 1 2 1 2 formation with Tiote cdm and ben ARFA behind ba and cisse

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  • -Tendo-

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #39

    i know it’s easier siad then done but if we just ignore bill ted and bob we won’t fuel all these arguments. At least after sunday they should crawl into there holes for a few weeks to save any embarrasment

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #40

    Roshan…So drop Raylor and Guti for Guthrie and Arfa?

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