Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew admits Nile Ranger needs to buck up his ideas for any chance of staying.

After being relegated back to second string duty for a series of misdemeanours, Pardew will seek regular updates on his attitude from reserve-team supremos Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley.

"I said that I very rarely shut the door on anybody, but Nile needs to understand the responsibilities of being a professional footballer," Pardew told the Evening Chronicle.

"That's all he needs to understand. It's not just about what happens on the football field.

"And he's learning that lesson - sometimes you can fine a player and fine a player for being late and it just does not get through.

"Unfortunately that's where we are at the moment and when I see and learn from Willie and Peter that's the line he's on he'll come back.

"I have seen a little improvement but not enough yet.

"He won't be considered for the first team until he does more."

Birmingham City and Millwall are monitoring developments.

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