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Local Lad – I Can Achieve Everything I Want To At Newcastle

8:16 am, Saturday, June 6th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

Jack Colback had a fiery baptism at Newcastle in his first season at his home town club – it started off badly under Alan Pardew without a win in the first seven games, but then we got ourselves together, and won six games in a row and beat the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool at home and Manchester City away.

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Jack Colback – after scoring against Everton
That was Alan Pardew’s last game in charge

But then Alan Pardew left the club exactly half way through the season, and we ended up fighting relegation under John Carver, the interim coach,  and we were almost relegated in the final game of the season, when it was Hull or Newcastle who would be the third team relegated.

It was another tough season for the fans to go through – once again – and it was a tough season for the players too.

Hopefully the club can learn from all the mistakes that were made last season at all levels in the club.

Jack still seems upbeat on the future:

“I still feel as though I can achieve everything I want to here.” “That was a huge reason why I signed – it wasn’t as though I only came because it was my boyhood club, and the team I supported as a kid.”

“I saw it as a club with an awful lot of potential there.” “I want to be playing for a successful team, and a team that’s coming into St James’ Park and winning games.”

“We beat Chelsea and Liverpool, and we need to get back to a level where we’re able to compete with those sort of teams, especially at home.”

“You have to be realistic, and we’re not going to be challenging for the league or anything like that any time soon, but you want to be able to compete in every game. That should be the bare minimum for a club like this.”

“It definitely still feels like a club where, if everything went right, it could be incredible.”  “Everything’s here for that to happen – there are great foundations for the club to go wherever it wants to go.”

“You’ve got to be sensible with that because there are clubs that have overstretched in the past and that are in a mess now. There’s a certain level that’s realistic to get to, although that’s out of my hands.”

“It was a whirlwind first season for me. To be honest, I thought I was moving away from relegation battles when I signed here!”

“It is what it is, and that’s the thing about football, it’s so unpredictable. You can only control so much in football.”

“It’s been an up and down season. It started okay, then we had some fantastic results beating the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool.”

“I got to experience what the fans can be like here, but then obviously the second half of the season was a massive low.”  “You learn from these situations, and hopefully get stronger from it.”

“You just hope that things like that don’t happen again.”

Colback played 39 times for Newcastle with four goals, and he was one of our best and most consistent players.

In our Player of the Season poll he came in a credible third behind only Daryl Janmaat and Ayoze Perez.

Who Was Newcastle's Player Of The Season?

  • Janmaat (53%, 2,685 Votes)
  • Perez (18%, 926 Votes)
  • Colback (16%, 799 Votes)
  • Gutierrez (6%, 294 Votes)
  • Sissoko (3%, 164 Votes)

Total Voters: 5,072

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With Steve McClaren said to be coming in next week as the new coach to take over from Alan Pardew,  we can only hope Newcastle can get some good players through the door this summer, and have a good pre-season and a good start to the season too – which will be very important.

Jack Colback will again be an important player for Newcastle next season in the heart of our midfield, and Jack is turning out to be a great signing for us from Sunderland.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Jack Colback · Newcastle News · Poll · Prayer · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Reyantoon // Jun 6, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    I saw McLaren’s Derby once,in the FA cup last time out,their organization and passing football is good.As we noticed, championship league is full of championship standard players,that may lead him to fail late on but,with the right signings and good players around him like colback,I think he can do better.

  • 2 Reyantoon // Jun 6, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    If he sign atleast a central defender,a playmaker & a striker early on,that will be good start,and he will get ample time to prepare them and make them super it.
    Other additions can be added late on..

  • 3 LGFUAD21 // Jun 6, 2015 at 8:43 AM


    That was my point.

    I will conceded that something went horrifically wrong for re by to not make playoffs.

    Something people forget though is that generally the championship is filled from 1st to 6th by teams that have good end of season run ins and climb the table rather than solidifying the position.

    Every year one or two teams peak too soon in the championship which is a very taxing league physically. More games in shorter time period.

    I just don’t think you can easily say he managed in the championship therefore he’s a championship manager. Think Dyche would have easily kept up other teams with the proper resources but he didn’t have them at burnley.

    The key point is will he get the signings he needs. For years now we have been a square peg in round holes team:

    Cisse in the wing,
    Ba on the wing,
    Perez leading the line,
    dummet at lb when he’s a cb in my opinion)
    Moussa on the wing.
    Moussa as attacking mid behind the striker

    I also think a lot of our players have require some basic coaching:

    Santon to get tighter to his man
    Colback to get edge of box more.
    Moussa to look up before cross, passing
    Cisse to get between his cbs rather than off centre of goal
    Cabella to take less on and use his support more

  • 4 scout // Jun 6, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Will hughes in the middle with colback please de jong infront of them and austin up top

  • 5 kilcline // Jun 6, 2015 at 10:28 AM


    I hope Steve M goes after Hughes and also Ince as he got a lot out of him at Derby and believe he is good enough to do it in the prem even though he failed at hull. Also hope he goes after the threeleeds youngsters, they are quality.


    Should be our list

  • 6 The overrated Frenchman // Jun 6, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    I’d like to see Santon play tighter on his man too. This is an Inter Milan blog, yeah?

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