AWOL NILE TO LEAVE SEASIDERS
CONTROVERSY has followed Nile Ranger throughout his career and after his latest indiscretions, manager Neil McDonald claims his time at Bloomfield Road is over.
Despite going AWOL under previous manager Lee Clark, Ranger was given another chance by McDonald but twice failed to report for Blackpool training.
The 24-year-old had his contract terminated by previous clubs Newcastle and Swindon and also has criminal convictions for participating in a street robbery, being drunk and disorderly, and causing criminal damage.
And McDonald says the striker, who called his Blackpool contract “a joke” on social media last season, doesn’t fit with what he is trying to do at Blackpool.
“Nile was supposed to be in on June 29 with the rest of the squad, but said he’d be back on July 15,” explained McDonald. “He didn’t arrive on that date and instead came in on July 29.
“I told him it wasn’t personal, but he wasn’t in my plans. I want players who are committed and he wasn’t.
“I’m trying to set an example for the rest of the players here. I want players who will give everything for the club and the supporters.”