There’s some debate about how much Jack Colback is being paid at Newcastle.
There was a report many months ago that he was getting £75K/week and we thought that was (very) high but possible because he signed on as a free agent from Sunderland, so no transfer fee was involved in the deal.
But now the Chronicle is reporting he gets £40K/week but whatever his wages – it is too much to pay for a player who will not play again for the Newcastle first team.
Jack’s dream of continuing to play for his hometown club is over, and if he wants to play this season, he will need to move out on loan in January or on a permanent transfer.
Jack was given fair warning by Rafa last summer that he would not be in his first-team squad this season, but Jack balked on a couple of moves late in the summer transfer window.
Jack Colback – not future at Newcastle
He has been training with the U23 squad all season, and he played the full game in the 4-1 defeat of Reading U23s earlier this week.
The reports were that both Leeds and Birmingham were two clubs who had scouts at the game watching the local lad.
This is what Rafa has said recently about Jack:
“He knew from the beginning that we have four or five midfielders and I didn’t want to have six.”
“We could not manage to move any more players out at the end of the transfer window and you can’t train as well with as many players around in the same position.”
“I did not want that.”
“We have enough players in that position without Merino – Diame, Shelvey, Hayden and Saivet, even Mbemba who can also play in midfield.”
“He played there in the Africa Cup of Nations.”
The Killingworth born player has played 102 games for Newcastle with 5 goals and 10 assists since he signed on at Newcastle in the summer of 2014 as a free agent from Sunderland.