GEN00135_Nile_Ranger_Newcastle_United_NUFCIt is very hard to believe that not so long ago a certain Nile Ranger was still getting our hard earned money, especially when the chore of turning up for training was way far too much to ask of him.

His behaviour then and since is surely a case of somebody who only a mother could love.

Thankfully, it was a case of yet another arrest too many and Ranger was booted out of St.James’ Park.

To Nile’s amazement, but not to any rational person, there hasn’t been a queue of clubs wanting to take advantage of such a bargain signing.

While an upcoming rape trial (next court appearance is in Newcastle next month) won’t have exactly helped.

Ranger has now helpfully had his name printed tattooed on the side of his face which no doubt will help the police identification procedure the next time he is arrested.

Wor Nile has also got a  charming way about him, have a look at this tweet he sent earlier this week, obviously his forthcoming trial, and the nature of the charge,  isn’t weighing too heavily on him…

12 comments
desree
desree

Here is a radical idea, instead of buying a black and white top with a magpie and newcastle city council logo to show we support our team (and rile our owner and get back at him), how about we just show our support by stop booing our own players

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

I think Williamson has been made a bit of a scapegoat, a target for fans frustration.  Is he a world class defender?  Of course not.  But he is a victim of circumstance in many ways.

Realistically, he should be no more than a squad player at best, he should be there to come in for one or two games here and there to cover suspensions or injuries...he should NOT be first choice. When he came in previously for those couple of games he seemed to be focused and more importantly kept it simple.  He didn't try to overwork the ball, he did the basics needed to clear the ball from danger and defaulted to other players to distribute the ball.  It seems since he became first choice through necessity, he's thought he needed to add more to his game and THIS is where the problems lie.  I think he just needs to realise his own limitations and focus on the simple things that got him a lot of plaudits not so long ago.  Fans at this club a passionate but sometimes that means they swing from one extreme to the other - remember Perchinho??  

Certainly we need new defenders in, but I think Willo suffers a lot of stick through no fault of his own, he's just being asked to play above his level because of prior lack of investment.  I think the bridges have been burned though and it's probably time for him to move on...(I think Carver's accusations were a huge point of contention and I think the player probably needs a fresh start in the Championship for his own confidence if nothing else).

Happyharrys2011
Happyharrys2011

Why is Williamson getting the most stick? At least he try's and heads the ball or manages to make contact with the ball when he kicks it and is at least back up to the squad. Squidward is an absolute joke, he should be convicted in court for impersonating a footballer, he is a shocking excuse for a footballer, conference or league 2 at best and he gets no where near the stick Williamson does.

nev fur
nev fur

Article hits the nail on the head. Williamson isn't the problem, it's those who sign and continue to play players not up to it to blame. The lad always seems to me to try his best and no-one can ask more than that from anyone. The sad thing to me is that "the best supporters the world has ever had" continue to give abuse and make fun at games to the likes of Willuamson thinking it makes them look clever, the real terrace wag. Sadly it just shows ignorance. Real supporters would support and encourage all of our players to try to get them producing their best and the poorer players to play above themselves and save the abuse, if we lose, for those responsible for fielding that lineup.

It's not new though, Willo can join Perchinho, Barton, Dabizas, Tommy Gibb and many others in enduring this world level of support. For what it's worth I also think it's time he is moved on along with Saylor and Collo but the chances of us signing another two CB's after Mbemba ( hopefully) are nil. Get one if we are lucky and probably not in time for the season starting so I think at least one if not two of them are staying for now at least. Another prem quality LB also needed but as we don't seem to be getting linked to any of them I can't see that happening either. Defence is still a major concern but abusing our own players at games is not the answer. Really hope we get Austin so we can hopefully score more than we concede, difficult though that may be, but not holding my breath

Mal44
Mal44

I agree. It's pathetic the level of abuse directed at Williamson on this site. He cost around £1 million and is probably the lowest earner in the squad. He was signed when we were in the championship and should have been used as a back up when injuries demanded. Instead, despite the fact that we have needed a top class CD for goodness knows how long, nothing has been done and Williamson has been thrown into the front line on an almost continuous basis. You would think reading the above article that he had never had a decent game in the black and white shirt. I can think of numerous examples where he has played well and pound for pound he has given a lot more to the club than many others I could mention; if I recall he was our player of the season in 2013/14.

Having said that, I agree he should be moved on as in my opinion he is not PL standard but I'm sure McClaren realises that. But what purpose is served by the continuous criticism and abuse I have no idea. As you say supporters should encourage their players; I find it hard to believe that some supporters(?) are actually booing him when he comes on the pitch.

lager_arm
lager_arm

Williamson is rubbish but steven taylor is far worse, he's and absolute embarrassment and contributes nothing to the club but avoids half the criticism Williamson gets for some reason

KevinHarland
KevinHarland

I'm happy to keep him on as 4th choice CB for the time being but, realistically, he shouldn't be getting game time and we need to bring in two more CB's on top of Mbemba because Taylor and Colo are not the answer either in my opinion. I'd be happy if we started the Southampton game with Colo and Mbemba but Colo needs to sort himself out as he was suspect last year.

lee1987hughes
lee1987hughes

I can guaranteet that iron Mike Williamson will be in our starting 11 for the Southampton game, God help us!!!!

keeganRescueUs
keeganRescueUs

How can you guarantee that? Do you pick the team?

lee1987hughes
lee1987hughes

I wish I did Keegan, but I know Newcastle all too well I am afraid, watch that space

Nutisbak2
Nutisbak2

I don't think he will go anywhere. It's unlikely anyone is going to offer anything for him, lets be honest Charnley should have accepted the offer from Leeds whatever that was, even if it involved us paying them to take him off our hands.


My one hope here is that Pardew who obviously liked him (he picked him so often!) will try and buy him from us.


However if I am honest I do not think Williamson will be going anywhere until next summer, even then who knows what will happen.

lee1987hughes
lee1987hughes

Hit the nail on the head, if this defensive joker is still playing for Newcastle in the next few weeks there is something not right and we are doomed once again