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Newcastle Youngster Still Turning Up Late To Training

We put an article out a couple of days ago on two strikers who seem to have not future at Newcastle, for different reasons – those players were Xisco and Nile Ranger.

Nile Ranger – still late to training

Xisco has just over eight months of his five year contract to go – at £50K/week – and then he will be off Newcastle’s books.

Nile Ranger has almost three years left on his five year deal, but since he’s been in a lot of trouble with the law over these last 15 months,  Newcastle would like to unload him permanently or send him out on loan, if some club would take him.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has talked about the 21 year-old London lad today in the Evening Chronicle, and things don’t seem to have improved much over the last couple of years:

“I think I’ve been fair with him.” “This guy is late so often, it is unbelievable. He’s still at this football club and we’re still trying to do something with him.”  “But he will still not get back in the team unless he has a period of six weeks where he isn’t late.” “I don’t think it is going to happen.”

“It is important, I’m not going to let him train with my first team because he is letting the other players down.”  “It’s up to him.” “The bottom line is we haven’t got four or five clubs queuing up to take him.”

“In fact we haven’t got one club queuing up for him.”  “That should be alarm bells in his head to get his act in order.” “But maybe he doesn’t want to be a footballer.”

As soon as Alan arrived on Tyneside in December of 2010,  he talked about Nile always being late to training, and that it wasn’t good enough, and when he does train, he’s not exactly giving 100%.

Alan called him on it very early in his tenure on Tyneside, but from the manager’s comments he doesn’t seem to have learned much over the last couple of years.

Will the penny ever drop for Nile Ranger?

Maybe not.

What do you think?

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15 comments so far

  • Krul to be Kind

    Oct 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Surely he has given enough problems to allow a termination of his contract? Poor preparation = Poor performance, if i were continually late for work I would be dismissed!

  • RonVanDam

    Oct 17, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s like a bad smell that doesnt go away

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 17, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #3

    May I suggest Nile has a little lie down on the psychiatrists couch.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4

    repost, cuz’ Ed is too quick 4 me 😛 :

    I bet I am going to get abuse for this but tbh Cabaye and Tiote are underachieving so far this season. Tiote is way off the mark and Cabaye is getting there but still nowhere near last seasons form. I think we will see the best of them in early November on-wards. Considering this I find this story of Barcelona’s interest as complete fabrication. Barcelona have a midfield that is miles ahead of Cabaye. I am a big fan of both players but I am honest enough to accept they are still not in top form. Heck Bigirimana is playing better than Tiote recently and being only 18-that’s saying something.

    Watching us play it’s evident we need another ‘creator’ in the team apart from the obvious CB we should have bought. We need to open up defenses and have more spring in our step. A quick and nimble player like Boudebouz would be perfect to help HBA unlock defenses. Since Cabaye’s play-making passes have dried up recently we can’t always depend on HBA to open the game for us. If we had another creative, flair player like him in Boudebouz the opposition would leave gaps in trying to mark them two and then Ba, Cisse and co will have much more time on the ball. Now our opponents mark HBA and we seem lost and lump it long hoping that Ba and co will latch on to it and make something special, most of the time costing us our tempo and possession on the ball.

    Ps. ‘Nil’ Ranger is a stupid cu*t that has left me red-faced more than once after praising him in the early days of his career with us-still arriving late, don’t arrive at all and stay at home playing GTA you wannabe gangster.

    I am really missing the games can’t wait for Sunday, bring on The Scum!!


  • lesh

    Oct 17, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m just astonished that the club’s legals can’t find something in the tw@’s contract that’ll enable his sacking!

    If they can’t, you can bet your boots that the responsible legal head has already rolled……. one would hope so anyway.

  • RonVanDam

    Oct 17, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6

    He makes Xisco look like a superstar. He doesn’t understand and gasp the importance of the position hes in. Who in the bluest of blue hell offered him a 5yr contract at 50k? I would’ve been happy giving that deal to Simpson who works hard and wants to play the team then some loser who thinks he’s a gangster from watching movies

  • Krul to be Kind

    Oct 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7


    Ranger is on 10k p/w… Xisco is on the 50k

  • RonVanDam

    Oct 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #8

    @ Krul to be Kind
    I had previously read in another article he was receiving 50k in wages as well.

  • mr.guilfoyle@hotmail.co.uk

    Oct 17, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #9

    every time i read about this daft young prat i wonder why we haven`t just paid him off. but then he gets a lump sum and a fresh start. by letting him fester he still gets the money week by week but i doubt he`ll invest it wisely and in three years time his career will be screwed. well done to newcastle for letting him f it up for himself

  • blew

    Oct 17, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #10

    If every pub/club in Northumberland and Durham banned him from their premises, he is convicted trouble, it would get rid of him from the Club and area. Obviously his night life contributes to the lateness for training. No doubt his contract is watertight so he cant be sacked without paying up in full, if he is so disruptive it could be worth it. Add a clause to his pay off stopping the lad from signing for any club for 3 years, which would spike a future in football. We have Wise to thank for signing a player with a bad history and Shearer for extending Rangers contract.

  • Sav

    Oct 17, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #11

    I don’t know about abuse JP, but both Cab & Mr.T have had injuries and the latter always takes 3 matches to get up to speed after a lay-off. Hopefully, we’ll see them at their best in the next match.

  • peaco1980

    Oct 17, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Maybe Ranger is in ‘denial’.

    @1 couldn’t have said it better – completely agree.

  • mot7

    Oct 17, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #13

    This kid is a total nob . he will end up in jail and eventualy skint and if he ever grows up he will realise what he has wasted .

  • 89Norcal

    Oct 17, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Completely wasted talent, tell him to pack up and get out, that will wake him up.

  • ontariomag

    Oct 17, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #15

    Can never understand how we can’t sack him. In the real world an employer would either fired him for gross misconduct or performanc managed him out of the door. Th
    e guys a complete waste of space who is not going to change


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