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It’s A Fresh Start – The Mood At Newcastle Is One Of Optimism

8:34 am, Saturday, August 8th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

Steve McClaren has talked often about Newcastle’s final game of the season, when if we hadn’t won and Hull City beat Manchester United at home, we would have been relegated – we were that close to going down.

And with six minutes to go in that final game that outcome was still possible – we were 1-0 up and Hull were playing against 10 men at 0-0 so a late goal by Hull and one by West Ham would have seen us relegated.


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Jack Colback – in action in pre-season

But then Jonas Gutierrez made Newcastle history with that goal of his after 85 minutes, and the celebrations that followed will be etched into the minds of Newcastle fans for years and years – it was simply unbelievable and the relief was simply fantastic.

While in the previous games the Ashley Out crew had organized demonstrations during the games there was none of that while the last game was taking place, and we saw what St. James’ Park can be like on what was a good day – a very good day after what was a pathetic season.

John Carver and Steve Stone were unceremoniously sacked in early June, and Mike Ashley had pledged before the game to spend big money this summer – which we have already done.

Steve McClaren came in to settle things down at the club and started to resuscitate things at Newcastle – which he has started to do.

Tomorrow is our first game of what we hope will be a much better season.

Local lad Jack Colback – who will start tomorrow – has talked about that last game and what the future now looks like for Newcastle United.

This is what Jack has said in the Mirror starting with the mood after that 2-0 final day win:

“There was no celebration, just music on for the first time in a while. The emotion was ­overwhelming relief, and the odd pat on the back for getting the job done.”

“We couldn’t celebrate just staying in the league. That is not what this club should be about.”

“The mood now is optimism. Regardless what has happened in the past, football moves on quickly. ”

“There are new signings which the fans can be excited about. It is a fresh start. There is no point dwelling on last year.”

“The manager has showed us video clips from that final game.” “He knows it is a great club to be at when you are winning games. It is the best I’ve been at when it is on the up, and that’s what we want to create.”

“Beating Chelsea and Liverpool at home were the best games I have played in, in terms of ­atmosphere.”

“We’d come to the end of games and there were still 50,000 fans there, no one rushing to beat the traffic and all that, which was brilliant.”

“We were going well around November time. We won six in a row and got a taste of what this place is like.”

“You can’t limit it but you also have to have realism. A club like this should be looking at top 10. ­Sometimes it doesn’t work out like that though.”

“Football clubs have to be about creating memories for the fans, a good day out, stories to tell their family. It is the same for players and their families. Hopefully we can get on good run.”

“The manager says he wants to be attacking, with a certain amount of caution. It won’t be like the ‘Entertainers’ of the Kevin Keegan era, 6-5 and 7-4, because football has changed a lot since then.”

Jack Colback was one if the few successes last season along with Daryl Janmaat and Ayoze Perez, and he has again been an automatic choice in the first team under Steve McClaren.

Jack is consistent and a very good player in the black and white stripes of his home town club.

We are hoping to see another full house of 52,000 at St. James’ Park tomorrow afternoon, in what we are hoping will be a (very) good season for the club.

The fans seem fairly upbeat and even optimistic of getting something out of this game.

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Tags: Coaching · Jack Colback · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Premier League

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Aug 8, 2015 at 8:35 AM



    What the fans see on the pitch of Colo and perhaps some others and what the players themselves and the coaches see can be the completely different.

    By all accounts Colo is highly respected by the players, coaching staff and management of the club.

    Some captains shout and yell a lot whilst others do things differently. Bobby Moore was quiet but had the total respect of the players at West Ham and England.

    I believe Nolan was very vocal but he was part of a British clique of players that caused divisions in the dressing room with the other players.

  • 2 Tsunki // Aug 8, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Fresh start alright. And don’t forget it!

  • 3 Tsunki // Aug 8, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Went for a draw. Steve will be cautious.

  • 4 Bambams // Aug 8, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Hopeful bambi…..
    No chance fella !

    Seriously I know why Sissoko splits opinions. But in an attacking team, more chances to go forward.

    Let’s see eh

    Cheers for the craic fella

  • 5 firebug666 // Aug 8, 2015 at 8:44 AM


    Yeah, I remember that players committee was formed when we were in the championship, and Coloccini was part of it, a founder member if you will.

    I know some captains go about things in different ways marra, but for for me Coloccini simply does not lead, he can’t (or rather didn’t) even manage to organise the defence last season.

    When on the pitch he just goes about doing his own thing (poorly for the most part) and leaves the other players to do their own thing.

    He is suppose to be vocal in the dressing room, and on the training ground, but there is never any evidence of that on the pitch.

  • 6 Tsunki // Aug 8, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Bambams sissoko us a frustrating player for me, head up and bombing from deep is what I always expected to see from him, it’s his trademark, and I always blamed Pardew’s team shape for stifling that. it’s just that his close passing game is non existent, he has a lousy touch especially at bringing down the long ball. And for a big lad I can’t remember the last meaningful tackle he put in.

  • 7 SUTTY1978 // Aug 8, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    I would be surprised if there’s 50k at the game tomorrow, first home game usually gets about 45/46k due to everyone being on holiday. If they do get 50 then it will probably be our best first day attendance for years

  • 8 lochinvar // Aug 8, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    6-5 and 7-4 Jack ?
    I missed those games , must have been brilliant.
    Remind me who we beat ?
    What about the 9-0 against the Mackems , I was dancing in the streets with that win

    Come on baby let the good times roll

  • 9 Tsunki // Aug 8, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    I remember the 4-3 ‘s though…. 🙁

  • 10 Tsunki // Aug 8, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    I would have thought a new coaching team and some exciting new players would have drawn a crowd into an opening game. Ok it’s not one of the big five but Southampton will be one to watch this year.

  • 11 Bambams // Aug 8, 2015 at 8:54 AM


    Can’t argue fella, I also get frustrated when I watch him. Just don’t think we played to his strengths. When he plays for France he is more central but they play with the ball in front. I just feel he was told to sit at times rather than bomb on as you say.
    Keep going on about no penalty awarded last season. Just speaks volumes about our style.
    Cheers fella

  • 12 Ron Knee // Aug 8, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Apart from his inability to pass accurately and tackle, Sissoko is a valuable asset.

  • 13 northernracoon // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    First game tomorrow…. lets just get the place bouncing from the off …. and if we can win and put on a good show the atmosphere will be great…heres hoping

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Hi beer…Alfred is almost 6 month now – he got baptized last weekend at last 🙂 he’s a big lad now!

    I think you are right! A change in attitude and motivation will be there and if SM manage not use the same 11-13 players like Pardew did then I cannot see why players wouldn’t want to stay!

    The atmosphere does seem to be less rotten now!

  • 15 will die for the toon army // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:02 AM


    Read that the Gaffer has said no more talk of last season

  • 16 the broons // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    christmas morning 🙂

    Just hurry up and kick off will ya!

  • 17 NezzaNUFC // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    I thought sky was showing all games?

  • 18 firebug666 // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    will die for the toon army

    If you bury your head in the sand, and refuse to look at the past, how are you ever going to learn from your mistakes?

    In our case, looking backwards has a huge bearing on how we move forwards and into the future.

    At the FF meeting the comment ” we don’t want to dwell on the past” simply meant; “We don’t want to answer any difficult or awkward questions.”

    So in the case of Coloccini, we have to look at why he is now a poor shadow of the player we bought, and his lack of leadership, to do that you examine him in the past, locate what went wrong and look at what you can do to increase his future performance.

  • 19 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Just stuck a fiver on Newcastle to win 2-1 with Wijnaldum to score first at a tasty 80/1 with William Hill 🙂

    With WH both Newcastle and Southampton are 7/4 for the win

  • 20 will die for the toon army // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:17 AM


    We have seen blamed and we will see the changes wen it come to tomorrow. So far so good.
    1. We have bought 3 first team players that can immediately improve our team.
    2. We have changed e coaching staff.
    3. Same MD but we have changed the board. No more Ashely on the board.
    4. We have extended a contract of a 30 yr old player with an option of another yr. It shows that Mcclare has his captain for e next 3 yrs.
    5. We havent sold any of our best players and I see no one bidding.
    6. We are trying to tie down our best player Sissoko so that no one comes sniffing

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