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His Conduct Has Been Impeccable – He’s Been Fantastic

Former Sunderland Chairman Niall Quinn has tried to stir things up before the derby game on Sunday, when he criticized 25 year-old Jack Colback for joining Newcastle in the summer as a free agent, after the player had been at Sunderland since he was 10 years old.

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Jack Colback – in Newcastle colors

So after criticizing Jack for that and pointing out Sunderland got no money for him,  he finished his interview by saying  “It is the rules though, it is football, so there is no ill feeling towards Jack.”

Yeah – right.

Alan Pardew has tried to counter that nonsense by praising the Killingworth-born player, who has been one of our best players so far this season, and Jack was called up by Roy Hodgson for the England squad in August, but he couldn’t play because of injury.

This is what Alan has said:

“Jack Colback’s been fantastic since he’s been here.” “His conduct has been impeccable and I’m looking forward to seeing him play.”

“It’s a great occasion and the best players respond to that. It’s the sort of atmosphere you want to play in. We’re looking forward to it.”

“I hope we can put on a show which is fitting of the occasion, that the best team wins and the fans conduct themselves with class.”

Jack has been back to some of his top form recently and we look for Jack to have an excellent game for us on Sunday.

We’re sure there will be no problems with the fans on Sunday and the two sets of supporters have been brought together by the tragic death of Newcastle supporters John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who will again be celebrated and remembered by a minute’s applause after 17 minutes of the game on Sunday.

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36 comments so far

  • stuart no9

    Dec 19, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #1

    stuart no9 // Dec 19, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    the thing is with alnwick is this is not his fault . He would probably agree hes not goodenough if he was honest . He has been thrown in at the deep end through no fault of his own and got slaugtered . If he playes sunday and has a disaster why blame him ? he didnt pick his self did he . there is only one person to blame and that person is the one who never blames himself but hides behind other peoples incapabilities. , so if he plays sunday , get behind the lad , shout his name, do anything , but dont slag him , not on sunday . We need a win , a keeper with his confidence shot to bits is not going to get us 3 points

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 19, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #2

    alnwick can’t be blamed, he did his best which isn’t enough for this level, it’s not his fault.

    I also don’t blame the club or manager, it’s very rare you have 2 keepers injured so can’t be planned for.

    As for team selected against spurs, I’d have had willo out with dummet CB and anita RB, but don’t think that should excuse his mistakes he made.

    Like I say, he made mistakes but that’s down to him not being up to it in my opniino

  • Go toon gooooo

    Dec 19, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #3

    The biggest problem in Newcastle Sunderland clash is that Poyet destroys Pardew so easily.That was the case two times with Brighton and it is the same with Sunderland.I hope that this time will not repeat that but naturally after this kind of situation,draw is like a win to overturn things in nice direction.

  • Wayayman

    Dec 19, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #4

    All Pardew has to say about Sunday is that who ever scores for us in this game will be an instant hero. He needs to make that clear to Cabella & Riviere that everything that has happened before now will be wiped off the slate IF they score and put in a performance against the makems.
    Give those two lads every opportunity to kick start their NUFC career. Riviere looked utterly useless against Spurs BUT it was his 1st game back from a decent lay off due to injury. Get Cabella on in place of Goufran (I know neither are wingers but at least with Sammy on the left and Cabella drifting inside from the right that gives Janmaat the chance to get at their full backs – which is where most of our attacks have come from this season.

    If Pardew insists on playing Willo and Goufran on Sunday, he’s got to take what will come to him if we lose.

  • stuart no9

    Dec 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #5

    transfer —– in this league , you have to be prepared for all eventualities. This is the No1 league in the world , the biggest multi million pound league on the planet . The greatest players bar a few , play for our british clubs ., the need for success is huge , this is not a sunday working mens club league, everything has to be planned for, its just that WE dont do it .

  • gaz 44

    Dec 19, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #6

    How many clubs have 3 decent keepers isn’t man city’s Richard wright who wasn’t amazing when he was young..
    Alnwick does rate himself good enough only last week it came out saying he felt the club had been unfair by not letting him have a chance. Don’t blame him nor do I blame anyway it’s just an unlucky situation

  • geordie157

    Dec 19, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Anyone think Ravel Morrison might be worth a look on a short term deal?

    Not saying we should sign him, as he appears to be another talent that comes with baggage just wondering if he’d be worth taking a chance on if the deal was right.

  • bladeuser

    Dec 19, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Whats this instant hero crap its three points thats all ok its a derby big deal so what your saying is if somebody scores and we actually win they should become a hero so if willo scores he is now a hero stuff all the other games when he is shit get a grip its a two bit mediocre team playing another shit team

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 19, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #9


    agree we leave too much not planned for but doubt many clubs have a solid third choice keeper, it’s normal

  • geordie157

    Dec 19, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #10

    teams with 3 decent keepers, hhmm

    Chelsea stand out with Cech, Courtois & Schwarzer and Spurs with Lloris, Friedel & Vorm

    but from the rest i’m not sure many have a decent 3rd choice option, struggling to think who some teams 3rd choice keeper would be.

  • Graeme

    Dec 19, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Stuart @ 5 – You mean we haven’t planned this mid-table mediocrity and it’s happened all by itself?? The owner doesn’t appear to want success at NUFC and the club is set up to deliver what he believes is in the best interests of him.

    The cups – well, they just provide misery and relegation and if you do too well, you end up in Europe. He doesn’t want us in Europe cos it means more games and offers little in return (other than glory), it puts extra stress on an already threadbare squad as it will not be strengthened just for a European adventure.

    The Premier League however offers untold riches, simply for being in it and staying in it – which is our only real objective. It also provides massive exposure for the owners MAIN interest, his tat direct outfit.

    As a result, as long as we avaoid relegation, preferably lower than 6th to avoid Europe, then he is a happy man – The fans? He doesn’t give a toss.

  • Slank

    Dec 19, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Stuart @ 5

    Clubs cannot be prepared for all eventualities.

    Notwithstanding budget restrictions on all clubs the size of squads are determined by the league / UEFA.

    Even the great like ManU have on a few occasions used Carrick as a central defender.

  • stuart no9

    Dec 19, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #13

    by 3 keepers , imean experienced one s , not necassarily great or decent ones but someone who can at leasthold th fort untill one of them comes back A kid who has never played before is not exactly ideal 3rd choice, if thats the case we need the defence to help him out abit . if i was a young keeper i wouldnt want that lot in front of me . thats where an older experienced one would be a better option , Looking back over the years , havent we always had 3 that could do a job ??

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Dec 19, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Danny Ings is a creator of real guile and quality. We think he could slot in nicely at number 10 for Newcastle and offer more wizardry up top.

    SkyBet have made Newcastle odds on favourites to sign Ings at 10/11, if he does move on in the coming window.

  • Slank

    Dec 19, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #15


    I have just looked at a website that lists all the squads in the Premiership. We list 3 keepers in our squad whereas Liverpool and Everton only list two.

  • Slank

    Dec 19, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #16
  • mag92

    Dec 19, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #17

    A 3rd, goalkeeper, should at least be able to save a shot, or catch a cross, these basic actions seem missing from Alnwick’s, game.

  • Reyantoon

    Dec 19, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Even a draw on Sunday will be poor result for me,considering we are playing at home and probably fielding best eleven than the last two games.They tend to play good against bigger teams recently and also in high profile games like the Derby, but still are poor side,
    We have to beat them comfortably as we lost once at home so far this season(against man city in the first round).They are a team who hammered 8-0 in PL not long ago.
    I’m not worried about Alnwick this time b/c we’re not gonna play with top four team,we are playing against bottom four team.Cabella and Tiote are must starters for me.Cabella looked good in midweek at spurs,just needed more support upfront to be more effective in that game.Upfront, either Perez or cisse,
    one of them ok by me.

  • Wayayman

    Dec 19, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Bladeuser (lovely name by the way)

    Whats with the aggression? It’s an opinion based on fact. Ryan Taylor is a great example. Andy O’Brien, Liam O’Brien, any any O’Brien. Sound familiar?

    None of them were week-in-week-out stars but all are cult heroes. Do you really think it’s just 3 points? It’s not man, it’s pride that’s at stake.

  • Wayayman

    Dec 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #20

    •cult heroes who get their names sung at matches

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #21

    He’s useless. Him and Williamson were at fault for the Spurs loss. Anita, Abeid, Sissoko and Tiote are miles better than him.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 19, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #22

    He wouldn’t even make the squad if I was manager.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 19, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Sell Williamson, Colback, Dummett and Saylor in Jan.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 19, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Saylor is the best out of the bunch but he’s always injured. It’s no good. Gouffram is a centre forward.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #25


    Ideal to have an experienced 3rd choice but not many keepers want to sit as 3rd choice knowing fine well 99% of seasons they won’t see a game.

    It’s not just us, all clubs bar one or two are same.

    It’s a problem in other areas of the pitch but as for a keeper I think 2 are the best most clubs can get.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #26


    Colback has been very good this season, played better than tiote. Tackles well and releases the ball quickly.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 19, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Derby games are totally different. Shola holds cult status for his Derby record dispite his other games for us.

    Nobody rates him as our best forward for it but they appreciate and love what he has done in those games.

    Cup games are the biggest of the season for me (as we won’t win a league) and after cups it’s the derbies I look forward to.

  • Wayayman

    Dec 19, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #28

    There is no Shola. He only answers to ‘The Makem Slayer.’

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 19, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #29


    Which is what we mean, gone down in legend, he’ll have that title forvever.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 19, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Why do you think Shola never had a testimonial.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 19, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #31

    This is Alnwicks second season as third choice. He’s been unlucky to come into the side when we are playing a succession of top sides. I suppose the problem was compounded this season when Woodman was awarded a pro contract, meaning we couldn’t draught in the emergency keeper if both Krul and Elliot were injured. That was indeed where it became a risk, and you’d think poor management, if they had their reservations about him, as appears to be the case. Regardless, he’s a pro, and a local lad, and this is the Derby so best of luck to him and support on the day, you’d think he’ll need it.

  • hibbit

    Dec 19, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #32

    harper wanted to stay as player coach………. jak is not as bad as a lot on here say in the two and half games he has played there were 10 other nufc players on the pitch the cover he has had has been very poor to say the lest

  • NOVA2967

    Dec 19, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Man we F…d up not getting Luuk De Jong. The idea striker for us and we missed him. haha
    It was a tough call but he had no chance coming in to our team when we had given up at the end of last year. What a miss.
    Can we buy him again for a larger fee? Doubtful

  • 70TWO

    Dec 19, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Alnwick is unlucky to be playing behind a dodgy defence and a midfield that is not set up to cover the defence.

  • NOVA2967

    Dec 19, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #35

    Colback is a decent player. He had a great game against Chelsea but when he plays average he really isn’t much. Could play for most teams and be an unnoticed solid player but nothing great. Don’t know why or how he would get in the england team.

  • bladeuser

    Dec 19, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #36

    old school thinking you r the type who could not give two hoots if we lost 36 games and got six points off sunderland what u on about pride i would taje more pride in beating man u chelsea or arsenal than a two bob team 10 miles away


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