Jack Colback can be happy enough about his performances for Newcastle in his first season at his home town club, and not only was Jack very consistent for us, but he also seems the consummate professional and a smashing lad.
Jack Colback – excellent first season for the local lad
When we signed him as a free agent last summer, we didn’t realise he was as good as he is – so he’s been a great signing for us – not doubt about that.
It’s been a huge wake-up call this year for everybody associated with Newcastle United, not least for owner Mike Ashley – as the club were almost sensationally relegated to the Championship, when everything seemed to go to hell in a hand-basket.
Jack is right when he says there should be an inquest on what happened:
“Questions have to be asked as to why this happened,” “We have to try to understand why we had such a bad demise.”
“Obviously, we had injuries and suspensions, and they didn’t help, but it’s probably a wake-up call for everybody at the club.”
“It’s a huge club, but everybody’s had a tough time with the run we’ve been on.” We didn’t really want to celebrate the fact we stayed in the league, because that should be the bare minimum.”
“We got ourselves into a difficult position in the second half of the season, and we should never have got ourselves into that mess.”
“But that’s football, and it’s a tough league.” “When you get into the kind of run that we had, it can be hard to get yourself back out.”
“At least, in the end, we did get ourselves out of it. The fans can vent their anger however they want to now, but hopefully we can forget about the season and have a really good go next season.”
Jack’s right there should be an inquest and the players have to take responsibility for their poor form and they played nowhere near their full potential.
But that’s also the job of the head coach, and if were to pinpoint the main cause of the terrible collapse we’d put the answer in two words – John Carver.
John didn’t seem to have the first clue of how to manage his players – and he made almost every elementary mistake in the book in managing the players over the last five months.
He continued to talk about himself and his ambitions to the press while at the same time roundly criticized his players in his media briefings.
And even after it was all over on Sunday afternoon, John still continued to talk about how it was good for him, and how he’ll improve because of the experience, and all that nonsense.
It’s not to say that he’s not right about that – but why tell the press all that stuff – it makes John look like he’s self-centered and is only concerned about himself.
Every good manager knows they are only as good as their people, and it’s their job to get the very best out of them – the people are the important ones.
John failed that test quite dramatically.
It was a case study of how bad management of players can send a team to hell in a hand-basket so very quickly.
That’s one reason why the appointment of a good head coach soon – is the most important job of Lee Charnley this summer.