It Could Be The End Of The Road For This Honest Newcastle Player


News today that will come as no real surprise to some Newcastle fans – local lad Jack Colback is ready to be left out of Newcastle’s 25-man Premier League squad for next season.

The Shields Gazette is reporting that it believes Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez does not intend to name Jack in his squad.

The news for the last week or two – which has been incessant – is that Rafa is not entirely happy with the way things are going with his Newcastle squad with just four days to go before we play Tottenham Hotspur in the first game of the Premier League.

We need to beat Tottenham on Sunday, and that will show that we’re not as bad off as some pundits think – after all, we still have Rafa Benitez – and he’s one of the very best managers in the world.

Fact.

Jack Colback – in his home town colors – those of Newcastle United

It appears Newcastle just don’t have enough money in what has been another massive increase in transfer fees this summer and we can be outspent by most of the Premier League clubs this summer.

While Rafa’s not happy, we think he realizes this summer is a one-off, and we are still suffering from being relegated last year.

Anyway, that’s what we think – it’s not as dire as some are painting the situation on Tyneside.

Jack Colback is an honest player but may not be good enough for what Rafa is looking for in the future from Newcastle players.

However, Jack did play most games in Newcastle’ pre-season campaign up to last week’s great 3-1 win at Wolfsburg.

If this is true, it will be a blow to the local lad who was brought up like most of us born in Newcastle – passionately supporting the club.

Colback joined us controversially on a free transfer three years ago from Sunderland, and of course, Jack joined the Sunderland Youth Academy way back in 2000 at the age of 10.

The 27-year-old would be an excellent acquisition for some Championship club looking to be promoted back to the Premier League this season.

Maybe his former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce – now at Aston Villa – would be interested in signing him?

We have nothing bad to say about Jack at all – he is a Geordie whose dream was to play for Newcastle United, and he is likely to be a little devastated if this news is accurate.

But life goes on.

Jack has played a total of  102 games for Newcastle with 5 goals and 10 assists over three seasons.

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177 comments so far

  • reilly

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Good.

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  • Yung Mitro

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Finally, the end of mr backwards and sideways passes. Fed up of people saying he wears his ‘heart on his sleeve’, he’s utter rubbish and it baffles me how players like him stay in the prem, as i’m sure someone like stoke or west brom will be after him.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Yes he not great to many free kicks given away but another one out the door with nowt in for f@ck sake

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Tsunki mate, you just need a deep scalp massage and some scented oil fragrances in your nasal cavities. Also some calming breaths and gentle sounds of waves crashing on the shore…. and possibly angels singing and you checking your mood rings….. and a nice lottery win and some lovely lady admiring your latest thong…… Bobby just gets carried away now and then like the rest of us…..

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  • Thump

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #5

    If he’s moving out to free up funds for a forward then I’m all ears. Until then, let’s keep him until we have another body.

    I don’t particularly rate the lad, but having him in the team is better than not having him in the team.

    Regardless, it’s time he looks to the future, and that future isn’t going to be here unless he learns some new tricks.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #6

    As for wor Jack, his skill set is no longer needed. We have other DM’s now. If we could get 3M for him I would snatch the hand off.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #7

    “At the moment I am fully committed to do the best that I can do now.” People should pay attention to the at the moment part. Rafa is pissed. Ashley and his pet monkey Charnley buggered it up at the beginning of the window according to Rafa.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Ashley: “Ahhhhh!!! Lee, stop throwing your feces at me!”

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #9

    G2

    How did they bugger it up? Rafa talked about ‘mistakes’? What mistakes?

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #10

    This guy is an honest local pro and deserves more than abuse from guys not fit to lace his boots. As for stoke and brom, these are the teams we need to get ahead of to be safe. They may not be Brazil of the 70s but their position merits respect, as does their record of staying up safely.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #11

    To be fair to Colback he put in the effort there’s no need to be scathing about him but thankfully the quality in midfield is being addressed by someone who knows what he’s doing. Thanks for the service Jack, wish you well wherever you may go (except of course…).

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Given Ash’s record why do people think next season will be any different (if we survive!) Giving money to NUFC is probably near the bottom of a very long list for him. He’s tried to sell us 2/3 times already. Putting money into NUFC after all his previous mistakes in how not to run a football club is clearly not a priority.

    Colback’s number has been up for a long long time and thank god we finally have a manager ruthless enough to see that. Cue the ” he does the hard yards b——ks” I think I would for 30k a week as a given! No good if you can’t pass, score, beat anyone or tackle properly, no matter how geordie you are.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #13

    g2

    do you really think we’d get 3m

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  • chicousa

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Best of luck Jack. Say what you will about the lad’s talent level, but he always grafted for the team and he at least gave a damn.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Ron, they didn’t act fast enough at the beginning of the pre-season actually. They dithered and lost out on several of the top choices apparently. “The story is as I said before we missed some targets at the beginning (of pre-season) and now we are trying to do our best with what’s available.” That’s a direct quote from Rafa. Typical bollocks from Ashley. Promise funds but then have Charnley deliberately dither and lose out to other clubs and voila you have saved yourself some cash but the club has lost the opportunity.

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  • c-dog

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Do we have another 24 players to name…

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  • hibbit

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #17

    ron
    first time i heard it was AV was on sunday but its been around for a few weeks that he was for sale

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #18

    I think it’s possible from a Champo side Rotonda mate. He has 2 years left on his contract and despite what people have said he was good enough a few years back to get 1 England call-up. I’ve never truly been in the anti-Jack brigade. He can score the occasional goal as well, even in the Prem if played high enough up the pitch. He has scored in the Prem for us. Now is the time to move him on though.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #19

    We still have more than 24 senior players c-dog. I counted 28 or 29 senior players. We absolutely have to move out 3 or 4 more. Even buying out contracts may be necessary to get them off the books. I’m thinking of Haidara, Rivi, and Lazaar at the very least.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #20

    don’t be counting your chickens before they hatch jack’s not gone yet !!!!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #21

    With Ashley at the top there is no reason to believe Rafa will have a long stay with us. Ashley is the fool who barfs into a fireplace. The fool who has gotten us relegated twice. The buffoon who placed Charnley in a position far beyond his ability (unless you believe as I do that Charnley deliberately ruins various deals to save Ashley the money while making it appear we are trying to be pro-active on the transfer front). It always comes back to the pinhead at the top. He’ll ruin this for us as well because it’s what he does best.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Perhaps Rafa is new to the tactics of the NUFC financial team and is just learning what the McCardews learned long ago. Dither on the expensive choices, go for the less expensive choices. Manager not entirely pleased but then doesn’t feel like he’s been totally shafted. Not enough to throw in the towel at least. Another shoddy window will probably highlight a few cracks in the relationship.

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  • voodoo85

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #23

    Anybody know if there is a fantasy football league set up for the blog, normally see details by now but nothing this year. If there is one, does anyone have the details ??

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #24

    The thing s out Colback is he has everything going for him. He’s English, he’s dependable, cheap to buy, cheap to run. A quality used motor unlike the juicy burners like saivet, the unfortunate Haidara, Mitrovic etc. I’m sure he’ll get a speedy transfer, he’s a good fit for a few pl clubs never mind champo ones.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Still 21 days to go for IN’S and OUT’s a lot can happen in 3 weeks

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #26

    Voodoo unfortunately searching the blog is not what it used to be but i recall a poster on a week or so ago who had set one up – he might pop in again keep your eyes peeled.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #27

    Look at the money we made off the sale of Wijnaldum and Sissy. 55M pounds! And the parachute payment. All Ashley did was use it all to run the club. He never had any intention of putting any reasonable pot of money in Rafa’s hands. And he hasn’t. He let buffoons like Carr and various pinhead managers waste 10’s of millions of pounds on absolutely pitiful players and now he plays hide the cash Ash with Rafa. Disgusting.

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  • TudorCrisps

    Aug 9, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #28

    I think there will be a new face in on Friday/Saturday

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #29

    Did I say Harrumph!!!!? Well I should have……

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 9, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #30

    True there’s plenty of time to go i really can’t see Rafa sticking with the striker situation. Good thing might be that having made a mess (allegedly) of getting their fingers out our fantastic transfer team might be pushed into forging a good deal or two with whatever funds are available before the window shuts.

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 9, 2017 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #31

    hibbit

    Thanks for the info!

    G2

    So they were dithering about paying fees/wages/commissions? And yet Rafa himself claimed the market was crazy. There seems to be a contradiction there!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2017 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #32

    Yes Tudor mate. It will be Charnley with a picture of Lucas Perez’s face painted on his buttocks. Look lads we’ve got a new signing! He seems to have to run backwards though……

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  • Tenbytoon

    Aug 9, 2017 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #33

    Nothing against him really, always committed, just lacked the quality to take the team forward, not his fault, will be a good acquisition for a championship club chasing playoffs, wish him well for the future

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  • TudorCrisps

    Aug 9, 2017 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #34

    Ha

    Just bad feeling with striker situation, if Gayle pulls his hammy on Sunday then mitro does a Zainadine zidan head butt on deli alli and gets a ten match ban where screwed, and the above as u all know is very very possible

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2017 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #35

    Rafa has said it several times, several different ways Ron mate. He has made it clear that we didn’t get his top choices in. Does it matter whether they dithered over the player fee or the agent’s fee or the wage? It’s all just dithering to make sure another club has time to nip in and make a better offer. We don’t accept it and Rafa is fed up with it as well. All clubs have the same problem but it’s us that dither long enough to ruin the deal. This isn’t new with the Ashley team of pinheads. They are their own worst enemies. Now isn’t the time to withhold money and make deals collapse unless you want to lose Rafa and get relegated again that is. How that works as an ownership plan I’m not sure. Does it add to the club’s valuation when you try to sell it? Hmmm. Possibly re-think that one Ash.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 9, 2017 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #36

    i think Perez will sign in time for Sunday and another 2 before the window closes i also think they will all be Spanish (1 of them a loan)

    ” that’s my head on the block”

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  • TudorCrisps

    Aug 9, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #37

    Hibbit

    My thinking exactly m8!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2017 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Truly frustrating if you care about the club. Is Rafa likely to accept a contract extension on his 3 year deal after putting up with this bollocks? I think we can all predict the answer to that one.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2017 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Perez is pretty much the only remaining striker deal that makes sense. But it may fall apart over his wage demands since we’re so good at destroying deals at the last minute.

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 9, 2017 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #40

    hibbit

    Axes are being sharpened!

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