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.
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
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.