Former Newcastle player and coach Lee Clark is now the manager of Blackpool and was never at Newcastle when Nile Ranger was at the club.
Nile joined us in the summer of 2009 on a free transfer from Southampton, and left Newcastle in the summer of 2013 to join Swindon Town on a one year deal.
Nile Ranger while at Newcastle from 2009 – 2013
In November of 2007 Lee left Newcastle United to join Glenn Roeder at Norwich, after Glenn had been fired as the Newcastle manager in May of that year, and Sam Allardyce was brought in as the manager.
So Lee would only have known a little about Nile when he joined Blackpool on a one year deal in August, and it’s almost the last chance saloon for Nile Ranger, who doesn’t seem to have the discipline to succeed as a professional footballer, although he has the talent.
While at Swindon he scored 10 goals in 28 appearances but was not retained.
His time at Swindon had been full of disciplinary problems and issues in his private life, and last May Ranger and Swindon agreed to terminate his contract.
Yesterday, Lee Clark appealed for help in tracing Nile Ranger, after saying the striker had been missing from Blackpool for two weeks.
This is what Clark told the Blackpool Gazette:
“If anyone can let us know where he is, send me a letter and we will go from there.” “I don’t know where he is, I haven’t seen him for more than two weeks.”
“He’s been asked to report into training and has been asked to play in games and he hasn’t been seen.” “For whatever reason Nile appears to be back in London but we don’t know why.”
“We’ve told him of the training schedule but he’s decided that’s not in his plans.” “I wanted him to be the main man.”
“But it’s about performances on and off the pitch, we wanted a bit more on the pitch from him.”
Ranger is already on thin ice at Blackpool, but after the article was published he responded on his Twitter account:
“I’m in London.. Family issues.. For the people that claim they don’t know where I AM !!”
If Nile is to have a career in football he has to knuckle down and at least be at the club he is contracted to – and he should have sought permission before leaving because of the family issue.
There’s still a small window of time where the 23 year-old can still make it in professional football, but that window seems to be closing fast.
This news follows Ben Arfa going missing from Hull City at about the same time, and Hull manager Steve Bruce didn’t know his whereabouts, but it now looks like Newcastle will terminate his contract and let him join Nice very soon pm a permanent deal.
Hull terminated his loan deal last week.
Note: Please see if you can help the Northumbria Police to find this missing person – thanks – this is not about Nile Ranger.
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