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 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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