Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The end for Nile?

Nile Ranger’s future at Newcastle United looks increasingly uncertain after the striker was banned from training and sent a written warning this week regarding his behaviour at the Tyneside club.

Ranger, who is yet to make an appearance for Newcastle this season, received a final warning from the club after persistently turning up late for training. So bad has his recent training-ground behaviour become that Ranger was even late for his own disciplinary meeting to address his tardiness issues earlier this season.

The striker has been banned from training with the first team until he turns up at the club on time every day for the next six weeks – a task manager Alan Pardew doubts he’ll accomplish:

“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,” the boss admitted.

This warning comes just a week after Ranger admitted to assaulting two police officers during a night out in August last year. The 21-year-old was handed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to monetarily compensate the officers involved.

It appears Ranger may be a case of a player being given too much, too soon. His unprofessionalism has already forced him down the pecking order at Newcastle and Pardew is not a man to be played with for too long. Newcastle’s recent success has stemmed from dressing-room harmony and a work ethic completely detached from single-minded, egotistical individuals.

If Ranger wants to be part of this team he must buck his ideas up and realise life at a Premier League club can be short, despite the four-year contract he recently signed.

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