Neil McDonald says Nile Ranger isn’t in his Blackpool plans and won’t be returning to Bloomfield Road.
The controversial 24-year-old hit the headlines again this summer after failing to report for pre-season training on time.
Striker Ranger went AWOL last season, when Lee Clark was manager, and missed the last five months of the campaign only to be handed a second chance by McDonald.
But having failed to report in on either of the pre-arranged dates, the former Newcastle frontman was turned away from training when he finally showed up two weeks ago.
And McDonald says enough is enough. “Nile was supposed to be in on June 29 with the rest of the squad but said he’d be back on July 15,” the manager said.
“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 now at Blackpool.
“I want players who are committed and he certainly wasn’t as he didn’t come in when he should have. I’ve nipped it in the bud now.”
After Ranger called his Blackpool contract “a joke” on social media last season, many were stunned when Pool exercised their option to tie him to the club for another 12 months.
Ranger had laimed his poor contract made it difficult to “fill my fridge”, with reports suggesting his pay-as-you-play deal left him with £150 a week if he was not selected in the first team.
The player had his contract terminated by previous clubs Newcastle and Swindon, and McDonald admitted he couldn’t allow the striker’s behaviour to continue.
The Pool boss added: “I don’t know him as a person, although I’ve seen him and I think he’s a decent player. But he’s not in my plans here now.
“I’m trying to set an example for the rest of the players here, who have turned up and who give everything.
“I want players who will give everything for the club and the supporters.”
It remains unclear whether Pool will now release Ranger from his contract.