Sunderland Take Cheap Shot At Jack Colback

Sunderland have issued a statement on Jack Colbert’s move to Newcastle as a free agent, and they seem to be blaming Jack for moving at the end of his contract,  so that it has Sunderland  from getting back some of the investment they have made in the player – but that’s all old hat these days – and players have every right to see out their contracts at a club and then move on.

And its being done more regularly these days.

Jack Colback

Jack Colback – in Sunderland colors

This is the statement that Sunderland have issued on Jack:

“Jack is a player we have nurtured and developed through our academy system since he was eight years old. We gave him the opportunity to become a professional footballer and are therefore extremely disappointed in the events that have led to his departure from the club.¨

“This wasn’t about money – the club agreed to all of the terms demanded of us during discussions, and we were always led to believe that Jack wanted to stay with us.¨

¨At his and his representatives’ request, final talks were put on hold until the club secured its top flight status. To our dismay however, we were subsequently never given the chance to negotiate with him to stay.¨

“For him to then leave the club that has supported him throughout his formative years in such a manner, with no chance for Sunderland to recover any of the significant investment that it has made in him as a player, has left a bitter taste.”

He simply wanted to play for his home town club – that seems to be what Jack wanted – and that should not come as a big shock or a big surprise.

And it’s any footballers right to see out his contract and move on as a free agent, and that argument Sunderland are making carries no water these days – contracts are contracts – and to move on as a free agent is not what it used to be in the 1990s – when it was very much frowned upon.

And your home town club is always special, and it would be the same if it was the  other way around and we had a Sunderland-born player who wanted to move to the Black Cats.

There is something that happens when you are in your formative years and you support your home town club and go to the matches with your Dad – it gets into your DNA.

There’s a certain sting in that Sunderland statement, which to us is entirely uncalled for and also unprofessional.

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #1

    Really? Does anyone give one seconds thought to what ANY team thinks when one of their players leaves for another team??

    What scum think is completely irrelevant as far as I’m concerned.


    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Not sure how thats a lack of class?

    I think anyone would be annoyed if you had spent all that time and money on a player only to lose him for free….especially to your biggest rivals.

    I don’t think it shows a lack of class at all on safc part…….simple fact is thats football and how the market works.

    If we had lost Andy Carroll on a free I’d expect our club to act in exactly the same manner.

  • Ancientcoptic

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #3

    My heart bleeds lol.

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #4

    As soon as we announced it They put out on their official twitter feed some pictures of jack celebrating whilst playing us and of course the infamous 0-3 hand gesture he did…. Isn’t that a lack of class NUFC FOR SALE? Smells like sour grapes to me mate and trying to rock the boat with Nufc fans….like a child imo

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 9, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Don’t hate the player hate the game .

  • beermonkey

    Jun 9, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #6

    will we sign jack collinson next after we have missed out on joe cole

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 9, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #7

    I think what has upset the Makums is that Jack has been leading SAFC on that he would stay with them, but really he has had another agenda. We have seen it all before with Ba when he was at NUFC.

    After weighing up his options, he has decided to leave. That’s football. That’s his choice.

    If SAFC were so concerned about him staying they should of shown it more and not made a derisory contract offer to Jack not too long ago. They had every chance to keep this player whether he came through the a academy or not.

    They failed.

  • Billythefish

    Jun 9, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #8

    It’s all about money. He was on shit money at the scum and We offered more.steady player nowt special, but good deal for us. Whatever happened to the exiting times at NUFC we have been reduced to a ghost of a club with Ashley. No joy,excitement just mid table plodders.

  • Sliema

    Jun 9, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #9

    It’s defo a lack of class. Well said Ed.

    To put out a statement. It just looks ridiculous. I’m all for the scum looking scumier, so I won’t complain too much! ;D

    Classless. Woah, sometimes I forget how much I hate them. I really hate them.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 9, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #10

    We can’t really call anyone at the minute in all honesty. We have just as little class in negotiations with players.

    Tramp of a club. Tramp of an owner.

  • toon22

    Jun 9, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #11





  • 123 Dummet Time

    Jun 9, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #12

    -Townsend–De jong—–Tiote——-Ince–

    Subs: Elliot, willio, colback, sissoko, gouffran, lasogga, cisse.

    But i think debuchy would want to leave to play more champions league football so Micah richards would be an ideal replacement.
    Also Grenier or Cabella would be ideal as well but the same saying with be common “we just couldn’t get them over the line”
    Gomis and Hernández would be a great pairing and get newcastle the goals and European football.

    Townsend- £10Million
    Gomis- FREE
    Colback- FREE
    De jong- £8Million
    Ince- FREE
    Caulker- £8Million
    Hernández- £12Million

    6 Signings for £38Million

  • Newcastle for alltid

    Jun 9, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Jail for Ashley // Jun 9, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Newcastle for always,
    Your abject acceptance of how we are being run as a football club quite saddens me.

    Then what would you have me do? I`m as dissapointed as the rest of you that the club doesn`t show more ambition. What I`m saying is that whining on a blog about it is utter useless, and a waste of time.

    I`m not accepting mediocrity in itself, what I`m accepting is that we have an owner that won`t bulge, no matter how much hatred is sent his way. I don`t have the funds to travel overseas on a regular basis and protest. 😉 And in the case of Ashley, I don`t think it would work.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 9, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #14

    I cannot believe the statement made by Sunderland. Not only lacking in class but clueless too. I wonder if they would have said the same if he had gone to West Ham?
    They should have thanked him and wished him all the best. No matter how much it sticks in their claw.

  • blew

    Jun 9, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Jack is a decent player and will give his all for 90mins.
    The Soap Dodgers are bound to be aggrieved, but it is
    of their own doing. he is a PL class player and should improve. Don’t fault the Mackems – every dust bin should have one. Like Scotland they should have
    independence – or forced upon them.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 10, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #16

    Very petty statement from Sunderland. More than rather embarrassing on their part. They could have said the facts and left it at that.

    Ashley out, Pardew out.

  • andyctoon

    Jun 10, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #17

    dya nah wot…u lot on here need to get a fu***ng life!!! all i ever see on here from u so called die hard toon fans who probs live a million miles away is negativity!! i dont think ive read one thing from any of you that actully supports the club…instead of fu**ing moaning try supporting the team or just fcuk off!!! worst supporters ever u lot…not 1 true geordie on this site…u shud all b politions..thats how sad you all seem.!!!

    nufc till I DIE!!!

  • Sav

    Jun 10, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #18

    You may be right, Ed, but under our current regime I wouldn’t be able to join you in stating any other club showed a lack of class. Its a kettle and pot situation with the litany of acts of classless behaviour at NUFC stretching back to the days of Wise & Co.
    – But come to think of it, there may not be much left in the game as a whole.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 10, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #19

    andyctoon – dead right pal too many negative bas**rds on here.
    Oh just hang on what’s this :-

    andyctoon // Jun 9, 2014 at 10:01 AM
    if gomis and cisse r our strikeforce can we plz just go straight into champiinship!!! let another team with ambition take our place

    Yeh as you said -negative bas**rd. What a tool -nay sir a complete tool.

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 10, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Colback is a very good signing, and Perez is potentially an outstanding one. It’s early doors, so not an awful lot to complain about yet, and both players have had plenty of good things to say about the club, to go with what is already a strong group of development players and first team players and also cash in hand to spend.

    It’s hard not to be cynical, considering how tightfisted we are where others aren’t, but I think you need to keep your powder dry until the window closes, and if by then they have failed to give us at least the top eight side Newcastle should always have, then it would be time to give them a loud, long broadside.


    Jun 10, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #21

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  • NZGeordieviaAfrica

    Jun 10, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #22

    123 Dummett Time ,

    Did you mean to remove the price tags from the players you mentioned and perhaps look at a 3 POINT 8 million transfer budget? No way we spend over 15 million all up!

  • couchy-spennymoor-mags

    Jun 10, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #23

    123 dummet time

    Those signings would be perfect mate. We should be able to spend £38 million. But sadly it ain’t going to happen. I hope I’m wrong. Does anyone else think Ashley is holding back transfer money because he is trying to sell or in talks to sell up?? Just a nice thought!

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 10, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #24

    Benny, Marv and Obertan aren’t going anywhere are they, unless it’s on loan. They’ll be happy enough to stink the joint out while they wind down their contracts. We all have gripes with our employers. I can see their point. But there’s also such a thing as personal integrity. Put in, play to instruction, and do your best to earn the money that’s in large part paid for at the turnstyle by diehard fans, otherwise you’re a bum.

  • cyprus

    Jun 10, 2014 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #25

    I see their point. But today there is no loyalty to teams, that’s what professionalism does. You go to the biggest bidder or the team which will advance your career further.

  • cyprus

    Jun 10, 2014 at 5:46 AM

    Comment #26

    I totally disagree with that point of view.

  • theartfuldodger

    Jun 10, 2014 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #27

    Sounds like an Ashley plan….Comfy up with a player who wants to join…tell him to keep his club thinking that he will sign..that stops him frm being sold even though his contract his running down..then when contract runs out, dont sign a new one and join newcastle for free..

    Would we have signed colback for 3m ?? Thats what made him lie..

    Imagine if benarfa did this nxt yr or debuchy did it sometime in the future..In the last yr of their contracts they verbally assure Pardew that they will extend contracts … but at the end they dupe us and leave on a free..

  • Santon03

    Jun 10, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #28

    I can understand their feeling and statement, they hate this situation because we got him for free if it was for 20mil or 35mil, it would be far different statement.
    So… 2014/15 season NUFC already leading 1-0 against Scums.

    Regarding Cabella, I think the club and fans should forget about him joining NUFC. Even if we meet nicolin’s demmands, he will still try to prevent Cabella joining NUFC. I don’t know why he hates us so much and I don’t really care. We should concentrate on Grenier.
    Grenier and Siem DeJong will be enough especially if HBA stays. We need 1 more stiker and CB or just 1 CB if Saylor and Mbiwa go. I would rather mix the youngsters and senior players like every game give one or two youngsters a chance like 20-30minutes. Youngsters like Sammy, Streete, Mbabu, Kemen, Campbell, Armstrong, Abeid, Bigi and Good.

  • Santon03

    Jun 10, 2014 at 6:14 AM

    Comment #29

    It isn’t about loyalty blablabla, it’s about we got him for free.

  • theartfuldodger

    Jun 10, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #30


    True..its abt the free part..and the fact that he lied to them.
    If he had told so initially they would have sold him…
    So its a sort of manipulation to become a free agent..

    I do agree its upto the player , whether to be sold or not, but we would be mighty upset if debs or benny left for free…

    It has Ashley written all over it 😉

  • Slank

    Jun 10, 2014 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #31

    The sour grapes statement from Sunderland will be the greatest motivator, other than playing for your home grown team, for Jack.

    I would like to see him alongside Tiote in midfield. With these two all action midfielders alongside a Cabaye type play maker it would be a very strong midfield.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jun 10, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #32

    I see what they mean. If he asked to delay contract talks until they stayed up then upon staying up he refused to even talk then they should be a bit annoyed.

    But, like any club, if it worked in their favour to get a player they wouldn’t cancel the deal as the player showed a lack of respect to his former club so just got to accept it and move on.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jun 10, 2014 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #33


    You’re right there…Sunderland gambled on him signing a new deal and it didn’t pay off, but at least they tried to keep him instead of cashing in for a small fee.

    Hopefully these two are the first of many, I said we’d sign 4/5 players (either free, loan or for fees). Nothing amazing but enough to keep us safe top ten, can’t see Ashley risking all the tv money for the sake of spending a fraction of it.

  • firebug666

    Jun 10, 2014 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #34

    A professional club would have put out a statement in response to his move sighting their disappointment at losing him to their rivals, but would have thanked him for his services and wished him well for his future.

    Sunderland have shown a lack of class & professionalism in their statement.

    Colback will be a big hit for us imo, he plated well for Sunderland in a very poor team. When we lost Cabaye we fell apart I can’t help thinking that the unwashed have just lost their best player, as he seemed to tie their team together and save them from relegation.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 10, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #35

    I thought he broke off talks after the Jan window finished. Poyet had said Sunderland had wanted to delay talks as well as they didn’t want to over commit financially if they went down.

    This is what Poyet said while Sunderland were holding back in Feb on contract talks –
    “I would love to decide everything tomorrow and by the end of the month we can start preparing for pre-season. But can I do that? Not really.
    It’s not just us, it’s the players as well. They want to wait.”

    If this is the case, then they wouldn’t have been able to sell him.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jun 10, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #36

    Really happy to have a decent ENGLISH midfielder esp a Geordie
    The fact that the village of the damned are so pissed off makes it all the sweeter
    Anyone who doubts his ability clearly never saw his contribution to Sunlans last 7 games
    If you scroll back thru the comments on this and other blogs about J Colback it becomes quite clear who the mackem trolls are , they are unable to disguise their fury

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 10, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #37

    Essentially, Sunderland didn’t want him to sign a new contract until they were sure of staying up, so to now lay the blame at Colback’s door for the breakdown in talks just smacks of bitterness. Sunderland didn’t want to commit, nor did Jack.

    Can’t blame either party for that, but also can’t blame Jack for talking to other clubs, as he was allowed, and if Sunderland had gone down, then he would have not been offered a contract. It is a risk you take letting any player go into a season in the last year of his contract if you still want him.

    I’m glad we have him, but if we don’t recruit some first teamers who can create and score then it will still be a poor window.

  • Greebol1892

    Jun 10, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #38

    Just remove the words Show, Of, Over, Jack, Colback to give this article the appropriate title. Full stop.

    Welcome home Jack.


  • carl

    Jun 10, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #39

    Ross McCormack looking to join Newcastle rather than West Ham. Leeds are already lining up his replacement, Sassuolo striker Leonardo Pavoletti, according to Sky Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio.


    Jun 10, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #40

    L’Equipe: Bafétimbi Gomis has been offered
    wages of €370k by Newcastle and a €2.5m
    bonus, but is more tempted by Turkey at
    present they say.

    fk me if this is real… i rather give that to ba an sign him


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