Jack Colback has been interviewed in the Chronicle and he has said that big clubs like Newcastle and Aston Villa have a disadvantage over smaller clubs like Brighton and Huddersfield whose expectations are much lower than those of the bigger clubs.
There were comments from the experts in football last summer who thought Newcastle for instance would simply walk away with the Championship.
That hasn’t happened, although we are well placed in second place at the moment and could go top if we can beat Aston Villa tonight at St. James’ Park.
Jack Colback and Rafa Benitez
This is what Jack Colback has said of the supposed extra pressure on massive clubs like Newcastle and Aston Villa in the second division:
“It’s the stature of the clubs and the fan base.” “They are two clubs that should be in the Premier League.”
“Obviously nobody’s got a given right to be there, but we didn’t perform well enough to keep our status last season.”
“If you look at us and Villa and teams like that, the expectation is there to be promoted”
“We’ve dealt with that a bit better than Villa have, but if you compare that to the likes of Huddersfield and teams like that.”
“No disrespect, the expectation isn’t there for them to win promotion or the league so they can probably play with a bit more freedom and that’s showing in their performances.”
“I’ve missed a few games through illness recently and before that I had the head injury, and a lot of little niggles as well, so it’s been frustrating all year really,”
“It’s been very stop-start and I’m just glad to be back now and hopefully I can get a good run.”
“You’re still trying to do bits and bobs when you’re out, but you can’t replicate a full-speed game, a competitive game. I’ve felt not too bad, though.”
It seems that’s almost a made-up excuse coming from the Newcastle lad.
We always remember Alan Shearer making an odd comment after we were relegated back in 2009, when Alan demurred how all the clubs in the Championship would now be gunning for Newcastle – as though that was a big negative.
But if you want to be a good side you have to get used to success – and that includes every team you play against wanting to beat you and maybe playing at their very best too.
Some of that has happened this season, with lower placed sides giving us some tough games.
We should get used to that, because if Rafa is successful in taking us to where we all want to go – near the top of the Premier League and winning trophies – teams will be gunning for us all the time.