There must be something seriously wrong with Nile Ranger.

He had already been given countless more chances at other clubs than he deserved, only to then hit the jackpot with a four year contract at Southend United.

Nile Ranger went to Southend first of all on a temporary contract back in summer 2016, even then though manager Phil Brown was keen to warn…’There are clauses in place for the contract to be terminated if he misbehaves.’

The former Newcastle striker then amazingly landed that four year deal on 1 December 2016 (see below), the League One cub stating at the time ‘We look forward to Nile’s continued progress at the club in years to come.’

Ranger was then sent to prison for fraud last year (2017) and even then Southend stood by him.

However, even they have their limits.

Thursday afternoon has seen them announce: ‘Following a meeting yesterday with Nile Ranger the Club has today terminated the player’s contract in accordance with the terms of the agreement. This decision was taken following reoccurring disciplinary issues, including timekeeping, which undermine both the unity of the group and the management.’

When he was at Newcastle United there were regular reports of him not able to be bothered to even turn up on time  for training and despite now being 26 years of age, nothing has changed.

They would probably have been entitled to sack him anyway but Southend weren’t that daft, pointing out they have sacked him ‘in accordance with the terms of the agreement’ which he has obviously violated.

When you think of all those kids who dream of becoming a professional footballer and he can’t even be bothered to turn up for training on time, what a

Southend United Official Announcement – 4 January 2018 (today):

“Following a meeting yesterday with Nile Ranger the Club has today terminated the player’s contract in accordance with the terms of the agreement.

“This decision was taken following reoccurring disciplinary issues, including timekeeping, which undermine both the unity of the group and the management.

“In many ways it is regrettable having worked closely with Nile over the past 18 months.

“However, the interests of the Club are paramount and the Board will never allow those objectives to be undermined.”

Official Southend United Statement – 1 December 2016:

‘Southend United are delighted to announce Nile Ranger has signed a contract extension that commits his long-term future to the club.

Ranger has put pen to paper on a deal tying him down to the end of the 2019/20 season.

The forward has made a big impact at Roots Hall since signing in the summer, playing a big role in Blues’ current seven game unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One.

Blues are also yet to taste defeat when Ranger has started, winning five and drawing three of the eight games.

His long-awaited debut came in a 3-0 win away at Sheffield United in August which included an assist for the third goal.

Injury then sidelined Ranger for six weeks until a return to the starting line-up in the 1-0 win at home to Chesterfield.

The 25-year-old has scored two goals so far, both of which came in the 4-1 win away at Bury last month.

We look forward to Nile’s continued progress at the club in years to come.’

Southend manager Phil Brown – 4 July 2016:

‘Nile Ranger is expected to be in for pre-season training today and should be signing for an initial month.

“If that goes to plan then he will sign a longer deal but there are clauses in place for the contract to be terminated if he misbehaves.

“Nile has made mistakes in the past but there’s no denying his talent and Southend hope he’s learnt from what he’s done wrong and will be keen to prove a point here.’



  • Shields Mag

    He’s had chance after chance and wasted them. Hope he realises eventually what he’s thrown away.

    • Geordiegiants

      He says that every time.

      • Mitros gotta start

        Unfortunately there is always another idiot willing to take a punt on him…..expect him here jan 31st….in a curry house in london…….”there you go rafa me owld son….got you the striker you were asking me for”

        • James Coxon

          Exactly

        • James Coxon

          Too true mate,exactly where we are

  • Leazes

    This has nothing to do with us.

    • Mitros gotta start

      Of course it does….the fat pig will bring him in on jan 31st….perfect ashley signing….he is free

      • Geordiegiants

        Although he is a complete bell end. He is probably a better footballer than Mitrovic, and thug come think of it.

        • Mitros gotta start

          Nice try

          • Geordiegiants

            🤔?

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    Well, at least he can focus on his criminal career now.

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      He doesn’t seem to be that good of a criminal either with the amount of stretch he has done so far.

      The good criminals are the one’s who don’t get caught lol

  • Peaky Magpie

    Next club….HMP Durham.

    • Jezza

      Or maybe NUFC as he’s about the only striker out there who might just come within our Januarty window budget, as long as he’ll forego any signing on fee.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    I cannot understand this bloke because it would take some doing to be this stupid !
    There has never been a better time to be a footballer and even playing League Two and Conference level can give you a good lifestyle even if you are part time in the game.

    All he has to do is turn up for training and kick a ball around with some exercise thrown in.
    It is beyond belief that a 26 year old man cannot even be trusted with that level of responsibility for himself.
    I cannot understand the youngsters now who have everything thrown on a plate for them and they cannot even be bothered.
    I am involved at the Northern League level and you get a few idiots like that who don’t want to turn up for training or drop you in it on match day because they are lying in bed full of drink !

    I started going to football in the early 80’s and if we had the chance to represent our local club, We would have been there at 6.00 am for training just to try and get in the team !

    I hope that pulls down the curtain on that tawdry, Seedy, Good for nowt loser and hope no other club is daft enough to give him another chance.

  • Rich Lawson

    Gangster No1 ! Who saw that coming ? Just too much money in football,the players don’t have to work hard enough for it anymore. To much glamour associated to being a professional footballer now. I have a mate who played for Wedensday and several other Yorks’ clubs in the 60’s n 70’s and they would hit the pub after training but be worked so hard the next day they would just sweat it off.But they were not under a media microscope or on anything like a year’s pay in what is achieved in a week now.It ceased to be a working class game a long time ago.

  • Kneebotherm8

    You couldn’t accuse him of being sackless ,could you?
    He’s been sacked a good few times now.

  • Geordiegiants

    He is a complete cu next Tuesday. He is more interested in being a plastic Gansta wanna be than a footballer. Couldn’t put the cat out though. What a tool.

    • Mitros gotta start

      He must be hard as nails….he has a tattoo on his lip man!