I Love Playing For This Team – It’s A Great Honor


The Newcastle players will be reporting about now for training at Benton today, and of course they will not see Alan Pardew there, as he is now in south London, finalizing his move to Crystal Palace.

jack colback after scoring

Jack Colback – after scoring our 3rd goal on Sunday

John Carver will be in charge for the game at home to Burnley on Thursday and at Leicester in the third round of the FA Cup two days later.

And we’re sure Burnley will now fancy their chances they can beat a manager-less Newcastle at St. James’ Park on New Years Day, after their excellent come-from-behind 2-2 draw at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon.

Jack Colback has been a huge success at Newcastle this season, and the Killingworth lad seems to be inspired when he pulls on the famous black and white shirt of Newcastle.

This is what he has said in the Chronicle to:

“I love playing for this team.” “It’s a great honor and I’ve said that before.” “In the past playing for Sunderland was a job. But here I have a real passion to play and want to do well.”

“That’s why it’s disappointing when we go on little runs where we don’t win games.” “The fans at Man United, full credit to them.” “They sang throughout the game when the team were 3-0 down.”

“That has been a real eye-opener for me.” “The support that the fans have shown has been brilliant. Even in the tough times they are great.”

“We need to give something back.”   “If you win a couple of games things look rosy again.”  “You are right up there again.

“That’s just football and you have to have to right character and mentality to deal with that.”

There is still the possibility we could be involved in a relegation scrap if we slump in the second half of this  season, as we did last season, and especially if we sell Moussa Sissoko next month.

So it’s very important to get all three points on Thursday afternoon, to start off 2015 in the right way.

That will give us a good 29 points from our first 20 games, which is not too bad.

We are in 10th place at the moment,  after Liverpool moved ahead of us following their 4-1 home win against Swansea last night.

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33 comments so far

  • Slank

    Dec 30, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #1

    Mister T

    Given that history has shown that newly arrived managers tend to want to buy ‘their’ own players to fit into ‘their’ way of playing and discard some existing players it would make sense to refrain from buying and selling players in the transfer market whilst there is no new manager.

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Dec 30, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #2

    So Pulis is going to WBA, looks increasingly like a stand in scenario until the end of the season.

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 30, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Slank
    There is not a cat in hell’s chance Perez will leave Nufc to go to Palace mate. Nufc will hopefully be the making of him being a fantastic footballer and maybe in time he will leave for bigger and better things if we continue to just tread water of mid table mediocrity. But not a chance yet pal !!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 30, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Been impressed by this lad. Do I think he’s amazing, no. Competent and good attitude…and free. Nice business.

    Playing for Sunderland a job? Punishment more like 🙂

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 30, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    That’s it jack stick the needle in son.“I love playing for this team.” “It’s a great honor and I’ve said that before.” “In the past playing for Sunderland was a job. But here I have a real passion to play and want to do well.”
    Watch the Mackem web sites go into overdrive with that comment hahahaha

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 30, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #6

    catchy in norway // Dec 30, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    ibiza

    its not about his worth, its about he didnt put up a fight to keep him. he could have dragged it out, he had could have used the im on holiday ,il sort it out when i get back, but he didnt.

    in all the opertunities to get rid of him could have came with clauses in his contract for some sort of compensation , who knows, but he is gone that is all that matters

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  • Slank

    Dec 30, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Optimistic Prime

    Reference Perez. It was an article at the time he was bought. It probably went under the radar as he was seen as only a development player. Pardew was quite adamant about it.

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 30, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Slank

    Never saw it mate, interesting though.

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  • jimiley

    Dec 30, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    We have no manager and we have this sideline?????????

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 30, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #10

    slank – just highlighting the issues – i reckon no new manager and no new goal machine.

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  • Graeme

    Dec 30, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #11

    So, what’s the thoughts on “Captain Collo” becoming our new “Player / Manager”? Any more been heard on the subject?

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  • beermonkey

    Dec 30, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #12

    jazzy

    xmas was awesome I have a 2 nearly 3 year old so its been great
    how was urs good I hope

    yeah glad he has I don’t fear life without pards as I am sure plenty of managers could a better job also I don’t think Ashley will risk relegation it would his wallet to much

    lots of rumours flying around afraid only time will tell

    Ibiza

    I read a couple of interviews that perez has given he seems to have his head screwed on and has his career mapped out i am pretty sure he wont be going anywhere until its the right move for his career

    he has already impressed so I cant see a new manager dropping him into the under 21s

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  • Slank

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #13

    Jazzp @ 3

    I don’t think so too but Pardew played Perez, an unkown, when he had other more experienced and more expensive players to choose from.

    If Palace offerred as little as £2M Newcastle would still make a profit.

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  • jimiley

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Pards record proves he is the worst manager in our history and some people are fearful about him going?????? How sad is that. Bunch of losers.

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #15

    Beermonkey

    Im spending my Christmas and new year trekking through the Snowdonian mountains mate.
    Did the Precipe walk yesterday and will be doing the Cedra iris trail tomorrow.
    I see a temp manager within taking over for the remainder of the season. Personally I hope Pardew takes his backroom staff with him as I don’t believe stone or carver have ever done anything good for the club

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  • jimiley

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #16

    BREAKING NEWS:
    Jonny Evans takes over the reins at Man U and Mertesacker is the new manager at Arsenal.
    Sounds stupid? Watch it happen for real at the Toon because no decent manager would touch us with a barge pole.
    Colo to be given a one hour rolling contract coz we are big on continuity. The club makes it up as it goes along. Joke club..

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  • colwell

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #17

    Pards leaving and Ben Arfa returning 2015 may actually be a good year for Newcastle after all.

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  • Mag52

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #18

    Jazzy.

    re Perez or anyone else to Palace.
    Don’t ever forget that we have old Mike ‘if the price is right’ Ashley in charge here.

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #19

    Jack could very well be a toon legend. Has been outstanding in almost every game. Our own Lampard.

    As for Pardew he only had a say in 2 signings – Obertan and Elliot. The rest were bought by Carr and Ashley with Pardew not knowing anything about them. Hence why he never plays Rivière or Cabella – he didn’t want either of them at Newcastle.

    The next appointment will tell us everything about Ashley’s intentions for Newcastle. If he gives a new Manager a 3 year deal we know he is not selling the club. But lots of talk yesterday and over the last month that he is definitely selling the club. Stan Collymore tweeted yesterday that he heard from a current Newcastle player that Pardew had told them Ashley is selling the club.

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  • jimiley

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #20

    Ed,
    Honour is spelt with a “u.” Thats the American version.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #21

    we got 2m for pards the fat man would want 20m for perez

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  • jimmysmith

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #22

    A Newcastle manager quits to join Crystal Palace on double the money. A Palace side in real danger of going down, no less. How that can be interpreted in any way as a good thing is well beyond me. It’s hopeless. And Palace are not just willing to double his money, they’re prepared to write off two and a half million quid along with it, so shit is the man.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #23

    Perez to Palace?

    Have not seen a single suggestion of that anywhere at all except palace fans saying “I hope Perez comes with him” which I can’t see why he would, seeing as he only gave him chance through injuries then the lad found form and was rewarded by shoved out wide….

    Personally hope he takes Gouff and Willo with him

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  • Sliema

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #24

    Can’t believe some if you are giving Ashley credit for this hahaha!

    When an offer comes in, Ashley cashes out. That effing simple. We never had an offer for Pardew before, that is the only reason he didn’t leave.

    MA is one ice – cold mother fecker. Zero loyalty to anyone else on the planet. When Pardew was losing games all over the place he didn’t sack him cause that would’ve cost MONEY!

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #25

    jmiley if you really think Pardew is the worst manager we have had in our history you clearly were not going to matches in the 80s.
    Everyone knew Pardew had his limitations and a new manager should have been appointed last Summer. Changing manager mid season is bad because the best managers are in work.
    The options are limping along till the Summer with a Carver/Colo partnership. That did not go well last time when Pardew had his stadium ban or another journeyman like Bruce or Pulis hell why not push the boat out and get Warnock.

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  • jimiley

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #26

    Jimmysmith,

    It is a good thing that the worst manager in our history is gone.
    It is a sad state of affairs with respect to a great club brought to its knees by the owner that such a crap manager would swap the Toon for Palace for more money.

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #27

    Slank
    Perez if carries on developing like he is would be worth at least 10-15 mill within the next 2 year. He’s young and has an abundance of talent and often stands out a mile above most of our current crop.
    For me mate he still has a lot to learn but could be something special.
    Riviere on the other hand does not look the answer we crave up front and Faccunda loan deal should be cut short and be packed off to Genoa with open arms

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #28

    tequila

    yours is a catch 22, you want the club to do well so then pardew would do well ?

    that was never ever going to happen.

    as i have said many times, its all about football, the reason you support a club is because you should like football,
    p45 has proven that to him its all about him, he has had some fantastic players to work with, yet never got the best out of any of them, because he needs every player just to do a job, he dosnt trust player to use his ability, for him its all about getting everyone in the team to contain the opposition, long punts up field and hope someone gets lucky.
    if you can not see that , it only goes to prove you know very little about football.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #29

    Catchy…Perhaps, it’s all guesswork. Just like your stance in that Pardew could be credited for little, I have a similar, although imo not quite as obsessive, stance with reagrds to Ashley.

    Why speculate to give Ashley credit? He could have held out for more? Hardly an amazement endorsement.

    Beer…I doubt it’ll happen tbh. As you say, he seems to have his head screwed on and seems happy at the club. Let’s hope he’s not off, our only other goal scorer is off to ACoN soon.

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  • beermonkey

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #30

    jazzy

    that’s a lot of effort for xmas

    I went up Snowdonia as a teenager and spent a lot of time hiking around there it is lovely not to fussed on the welsh there rude if you get up high you used to be able to watch the airforce practice low level flying there nuts

    there is a little hotel near Snowdonia I was gonna take the misses to and perpose but not got round to it yet

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #32

    Catchy you say you support a club because you love football. That is a given if you did not like football why would you support anyone.
    What I can`t get my head around is that you think it`s ok to withdraw support when you disagree with something. That is just acting like a spoiled brat in a huff.,
    I loathe Ash but I still love Newcastle because I can differentiate between a person I don`t like and the club which is a totally different thing. Ash will go same as every other owner payer or manager. The club will always remain

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  • jimiley

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #33

    None of those managers lost six nil at home (Pool) and then three nil to the Scum. None of them lost five games in a row on two occasions. None of them lost 4 in a row to the Scum. They scored from a corner more than every TWO years ( we have not) and they did no go 26 games without turning a half time deficit into a win. We have played 26 times and been behind at half time and managed two draws and 24 defeats. Lets throw in a relegation as well. The club had no money at all in the 80s and a couple of managers were very poor but none were worse than Pards. The worst ever.

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