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The Nile Ranger Situation Shows Pardew’s Desperation

8 years ago
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Alan Pardew’s decision to include Nile Ranger in the squad for Southampton, surely smacks of total desperation.

This is what the manager had to say about Ranger’s inclusion;

“Let us just say he’s knuckled down. I still think he owes us and I said that to him this morning, so I’m not saying anything that I haven’t said to him personally. I think he owes us and now is the time to be humble, come in and play football and concentrate on football”.

Go back only FIVE weeks and this is what Alan Pardew was saying about Nile Ranger;

“This guy is late so often, it is unbelievable. He will 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.

I’m not going to let him train with my first team because he is letting the other players down.

The bottom line is we haven’t got 4 or 5 clubs queuing up, 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”.

I feel really sorry for Alan Pardew in terms of the lack of support he has had from Mike Ashley in terms of bringing in the extra players we were desperate for.

Just like when we sold Andy Carroll after Pardew repeatedly said he was going nowhere, now with this Ranger situation he is left in a hopeless position.

I was happy enough for the club to let Lovenkrands and Best go in the summer but never imagined for one second that we wouldn’t bring in at least one extra striker to protect against injuries.

So five weeks ago the manager says he won’t even let Ranger train with the first team until he shows the right attitude for at least six weeks, yet here Ranger is on the first team bus.

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