Free agent Nile Ranger has had one route blocked as he tries to get back into football after his latest dismissal.
Turning 27 in April, the former Newcastle player found himself sacked by Southend last month, the League One club saying they had no alternative but to get rid of him, as he couldn’t even be bothered to turn up on time.
Monday (yesterday) brought surprise news that Notts County were the latest club set to make the mistake of giving the striker yet another chance.
Former Newcastle team-mate Kevin Nolan saying that discussions were taking place and that Nile Ranger was under consideration to be signed up by Notts County.
However, Alan Hardy has now made clear that this is not going to happen.
The Notts County owner is active on social media and was asked on Twitter whether there were talks going on and whether Nile Ranger could potentially be signed.
Alan Hardy replying:
“He (Nile Ranger) was on a list, along with several others, but none of those are (now) being pursued.”
After being up there in the automatic promotion places, Nolan’s Notts County have now slipped to fifth and are looking to add more goals.
The two main strikers are Jonathan Stead and Shola Ameobi and with the pair turning 35 and 37 respectively this year, both are struggling to last the 90 minutes, whilst Shola hasn’t scored for 11 weeks.
The Mag – Monday 19 February 2018:
Amazingly yet another club are set to give Nile Ranger a chance.
The former Newcastle striker was jettisoned by Southend at the start of January, in an official statement (see below), saying that they had been left with no choice ‘following reoccurring disciplinary issues, including timekeeping, which undermine both the unity of the group and the management.’
Nile Ranger wasting that chance even though Southend had stood by him whilst he served a prison sentence for online banking fraud.
You can certainly say ‘never say never’ when it comes to Ranger getting another club but as he turns 27 in April, it is surely getting more than embarrassing that he can’t even turn up on time for a ‘job’ that thousands would dream of having a chance at doing.
The next potential destination is a bit of a surprise and maybe it is a case of people who have known him in the past, spotting something that everybody else is even past caring about.
Former Newcastle team-mate Kevin Nolan has revealed that he and Notts County are having discussions regarding potentially giving the forward his latest (undeserved) chance.
Nolan played alongside Nile Ranger in the NUFC promotion side of 2010/11 and then in the Premier League in 2011/12. Shola Ameobi and Alan Smith were also in those teams and they are now players at Notts County.
Amazingly for some, Nile Ranger actually made 25 appearances in the promotion team and 24 in the first year back in the Premier League, although all but five of them were off the bench.
“Nile is a complex character.
“He has had a lot of second, third and fourth chances.
“It’s a discussion we have had and will continue to have but we have to make sure the perception of our club is the right one.
“He has been in the headlines for a lot of the wrong reason and a lot of them really bad.
“If he does come here we will probably have to have a good sit down with Nile and his representatives.
“There is no doubting he has got talent but people can’t continue to give him chances.
“As a lad he is a lovely kid but when he walks out of the stadium it is out of your hands.”
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.”