A Reminder to Sunderland Fans – Boo Newcastle Local Lad

48 year-old Former Sunderland Chairman Niall Quinn has talked about Jack Colback before the Newcastle Sunderland game on Sunday, and Niall is whining about how Jack left Sunderland as a free agent in the summer, and joined his home town club Newcastle, and from the reports during the summer, he jumped at the chance to join Newcastle.

Jack Colback

Jack Colback in action for Newcastle

Of course Jack had been at the Sunderland Academy since he was 10 years old, and Sunderland didn’t get anything like the £20M the Black Cats got for Sunderland-born Jordan Henderson when he joined Liverpool over three years ago.

When Jack was signed by Newcastle in the summer, Sunderland were (very) upset about it, even though Jack was born in Killingworth and supported Newcastle as a youngster.

They issued a statement that was damming for young Jak – blunt and to the point – but their anger at Jack came across.

This is the statement Sunderland issued at the time:

“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.”

Niall Quinn is no longer at the club and is now a pundit, and in his wisdom he brings it up before the game on Sunday – and it will remind Sunderland fans to boo Jack whenever he gets the ball on Sunday.

This is what Niall has said in the Express today:

“The Sunderland academy is not built to make Newcastle stronger!” “We got the right money for Jordan Henderson which makes the whole thing worthwhile, but that should happen with all your young players if you develop them.”

“I felt for Gus Poyet as losing Colback was a blow, I imagine it was impossible to keep him.” “They’d have done everything to try and keep him”

“To see Newcastle get the benefit of it and the club not compensated, it is difficult.” “I am not in the club any more but it hurt me. Jack would have been a prized possession of the Academy and it hurts to see it happen that way.”

“It is the rules though, it is football, so there is no ill feeling towards Jack.”

If there is no ill feeling towards Jack – why bring it all up again?

We expect some (very) good camaraderie between the two sets of fans in this special derby game, as Newcastle fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney are remembered at the first Newcastle Sunderland derby since their tragic death on 17th July over Ukraine.

And certainly the Sunderland fans were magnificent in their response to the tragedy,  and it reminded us all of what’s really important in life.

So we expect a lot more warmth (if that’s the right word) between the fans on Sunday – the passion will be there but not any hate.

But we suppose that doesn’t extend to the players – well not for Jack anyway.

This is a case of a Newcastle-born lad getting a chance to join his home town club – and therefore in that sense we think it’s a special case.

But we can also understand to soem extent the Sunderland club’s anger.

Jack played 135 times for Sunderland with 10 goals, and has so far been one of Newcastle’s best players this season with 18 appearances.

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10 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    Dec 19, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #1

    I bet Mike Ashley is currently employing his scientific research to find a cheap Serbian player(s), up to his neck in the bargin bin!


  • Average_Contents

    Dec 19, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #2

    I bet the bitter lanky streak of piss is commentating on Sunday. Disgraceful from sky. Biased or what.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 19, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Donkey Quinn should keep his mouth shut. No rules broken in the slightest, This is the way of the modern game and it happens to clubs all over, players can basically do what they like. He played over a hundred games for them,
    And I say again that I hope this guy Quim will be nowhere near the game, commentator – wise. Don’t want his biased comments shoved down my neck all afternoon again, ta!

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 19, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4

    You read my mind!!

    I fancy us to beat them despite the last week we’ve had. I just think they can’t score goals and we will have Janmaat back in to our back 4 with his breaks as well, Ob

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 19, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Kevin Philips will be there too 😉

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 19, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #6

    ….viously the derby game is different and they’ll be up for it because of that. I really hope Willo is out for this one, I can’t believe he keep putting Willo in. To me he looks like he WANTS AP to drop him. It means Dummett to CH with Colo and Haidara to left back. Any news on Abeid’s fitness? We need to go for them, not sit back and let them get confidence, Sadly AP seems to lack the confidence to do it unless he’s pushed by injuries and no choice. No Tiote please. Out of form, doesn’t fit in now and not really wanting to be here

  • pawl250

    Dec 19, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Wait a minute guys.

    The 6k a week deal seems pretty logical too me.

    In the past we would have offered him 25k a week, and yet what has he done?

    He has been injured, he was no one at the start of the season just a youngster with promise and well quite frankly he has been injured the majority of the season.

    Now anyone and their Grandmas will know even signing a 6 year deal does not mean that is what you will have for 6 years, or mean you are committed to a team.

    If anything it secures a future for an unknown player, with potential. I mean 6 years, at 6k a week! Thats £312k a year and £1.9m (rounded), no doubt with bonuses.

    If he is good enough he will be offered more, or simply leave in the future.

    Some players, especially youth get big money to early in their careers and when doing so flop as they have achieved money to last the a life time.

    Look at Michael Johnson!

    As for why we should offer big money, think James McLean for Sunderland. He came onto the scene for half a season, actually looked top quality. The season after he was doubled up and became ineffective. Yet if Sunderland offered him 30k a week for the next 5-6 years no one would have sniffed at him when he flopped, especially Wigan.

    Look at Sterling…. he nearly wasted his career after his pay rise according to Rodgers. He was dropped for nearly half a year because he started partying on the town etc. Now it could have went the other way and he may still be like that now instead of settling donw…..

    I think this is a sensible move from the club. Footballers get paid far too much, far too young. They need to prove themselves to be on money senior players are on.

    And as stated, can always leave if good enough as contracts genuinely mean naff all. If someone has to go on a free (i.e. Ben Arfa) it is for a reason!

  • stuart no9

    Dec 19, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #8

    if it had been the other way round sunderland would have done exactly the same thing ., No love lost whateverhappens between the 2 clubs . Jack could have gone to any other club in the country and nothing more would have been said , coz thats football, its only because he came here that they are kicking off . god i would love jack to stick a couple past them on sunday , and you know what ? i think its shaping up for that to happen . Hes been close a couple of times this season and i just think, maybe , this could be the headlines on monday morning .

  • toonincheek

    Dec 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Stuart –

    If things had been the other way around, you can bet your life that WE would have been moaning.

    Sunderland nurtured him for 10 years and gave him his chance in football.

  • stuart no9

    Dec 19, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #10

    toon —— yeah buts that football , they need to get over it .


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