Another Former Newcastle Player Goes Missing

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

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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6 comments so far

  • toonincheek

    Dec 25, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Always remember when he came on as sub
    against Pool – and he ran them ragged.

    What a waste(r).

  • nut meg

    Dec 25, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #2

    This s**t for brains is a complete waste of space,The quicker he does the time behind bars which he seems to crave the quicker he might come to realise how lucky he has been for a few years now.

  • scout

    Dec 25, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #3

    merry christmas one and all

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 25, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Christmas Eve last night! Christmas dinner and exchange of gifts ????

    Is it only in English speaking part of the world where gifts are exchanged this morning – does anyone know the reason for this?

    What about Christmas dinner? Seems to be so many variations on how different cultures does it!

    Did you guys know that the Royal English Family exchange gifts on the Eve of the 24th due to their German ancestry? ????

  • scout

    Dec 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Do it how you like mate its all about remembering

  • lesh

    Dec 25, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #6

    The sooner Lee Clarke sacks Ranger, the better his chances of saving Blackpool FC from oblivion.

    ‘I’m in London’, says he to his boss, what a cheeky arrogant tw@t!

    Complete waste of space, being paid thousands to pi$$ about when there’s people out there starving, sleeping rough, dying on the streets. He needs to have a taste of that life and he might just appreciate how fortunate he’s been.


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