Lee Clark blasts ‘totally unprofessional’ former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger

AWOL ... Nile Ranger, left, and Demba Ba.
AWOL ... Nile Ranger, left, and Demba Ba.

LEE Clark has hit back at Nile Ranger after the former Newcastle United striker claimed Blackpool “took the mick” out of him.

Ranger – who went awol from Bloomfield Road late last year – blasted the Championship club in an interview on YouTube channel Straight No Chaser.

The 24-year-old was critical of the pay-as-you-play contract he was on at Blackpool.

But ex-United midfielder Clark, now manager at Bloomfield Road, has responded.

Clark has branded Ranger – whose career at Newcastle was blighted by off-the-field issues – as “totally unprofessional”.

“Mr Ranger knew the contract he was signing, and all this nonsense is totally unprofessional,” Clark told the Blackpool Gazette.

Mr Ranger knew the contract he was signing and all this nonsense is totally unprofessional. They are people I don’t want in and around my club at all.

Lee Clark

“They are people I don’t want in and around my club at all.”

Ranger left United in March 2013 by mutual consent. He joined Swindon Town the following season, by his deal there was terminated in May last year.

Blackpool, then managed by Jose Riga, offered Ranger one last chance.

Clark said: “I’m not the first and I won’t be the last to be let down by Nile.

“The issue seems to be to point the finger elsewhere. Everybody from Southampton, to Newcastle, to Swindon and now Blackpool are all wrong and Nile is right.

“There’s a talented boy there, but it’s not just about being a footballer – it’s about being a supreme athlete and being the best you can be.

“It’s just rubbish, isn’t it? I’m sick of talking about it.”