Former Sunderland Chairman Niall Quinn has tried to stir things up before the derby game on Sunday, when he criticized 25 year-old Jack Colback for joining Newcastle in the summer as a free agent, after the player had been at Sunderland since he was 10 years old.
Jack Colback – in Newcastle colors
So after criticizing Jack for that and pointing out Sunderland got no money for him, he finished his interview by saying “It is the rules though, it is football, so there is no ill feeling towards Jack.”
Yeah – right.
Alan Pardew has tried to counter that nonsense by praising the Killingworth-born player, who has been one of our best players so far this season, and Jack was called up by Roy Hodgson for the England squad in August, but he couldn’t play because of injury.
This is what Alan has said:
“Jack Colback’s been fantastic since he’s been here.” “His conduct has been impeccable and I’m looking forward to seeing him play.”
“It’s a great occasion and the best players respond to that. It’s the sort of atmosphere you want to play in. We’re looking forward to it.”
“I hope we can put on a show which is fitting of the occasion, that the best team wins and the fans conduct themselves with class.”
Jack has been back to some of his top form recently and we look for Jack to have an excellent game for us on Sunday.
We’re sure there will be no problems with the fans on Sunday and the two sets of supporters have been brought together by the tragic death of Newcastle supporters John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who will again be celebrated and remembered by a minute’s applause after 17 minutes of the game on Sunday.
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