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.’