Southend United made the questionable decision to keep Nile Ranger rather than sacking him, after he was sent to jail.

The former Newcastle player was given an eight month sentence after committing fraud on a vulnerable woman through an online banking scam.

Ranger was surprisingly released in August after only 10 weeks of his eight month sentence due to “consistently excellent custodial behaviour” and returned to Southend United.

Nine days ago he made his first appearance of the season off the bench, then started Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Charlton.

Tuesday though sees a problem, as it is a 7.45pm kick-off and Nile Ranger is tagged and curfewed from 7pm until 7am under the conditions of his early release.

Southend face Shrewsbury Town and manager Phil Brown isn’t too impressed, especially with injury problems affecting his squad as well:

“Nile Ranger is a positive from the (Charlton) game, so was the goal and the way we played in the first half.

“Unfortunately the tag is causing me a problem.

“His curfew is 7pm until 7am and it doesn’t look like we’ve got the opportunity of playing Nile.

“I’ve been in touch with governors, as opposed to coaches, about what systems we should be playing. These are problems that we have got.

“I have spoken to Nile and it’s looking like it’s 90-95 per cent that he’s unavailable for Tuesday.”

However, Nile Ranger is shortly due to have the tag removed and so he will be available by the time Southend next play at night, againstt Fleetwood on 23 September.

Whenever I read anything about Nile Ranger these days, I always have two thoughts.

Firstly, how on earth did Newcastle keep him for so long before eventually kicking him out.

Secondly, I am always grateful that he is no longer our problem.

  • Leazes Ender

    Just let it go Graham.

    • MadMag83

      Doesn’t concern NUFC in the slightest.

  • Steve Pearce

    So what? Couldn’t the fat stinking bag of southern pus be tagged and curfewed so he had to stay at home all day and night slowly drinking himself to death…

  • ghostrider

    Personally I think this lad should be chasing outlaws down an extremely long stretch of river with a trusty side-kick who takes his name from a hugely populous city in Canada.
    The Nile Ranger and Toronto.

  • Wor Lass

    Nile Ranger – he`s got one of the longest stretch of rivers in the world to patrol (some claim it`s THE longest but I`ll leave that sort of stuff to Clarko). No wonder the poor lad makes the odd gaff!