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Training Ground Bust-Up Signals The End Of This Player’s Newcastle Career

The Mail is reporting today that local lad Jack Colback has almost certainly played his last game for Newcastle and the writing was even on the wall for Jack when he was left out of the squad for the final two friendly games in  preseason.

The Mail is reporting there was a training ground incident earlier this week when he was already training away from the main squad.

There was news earlier in the week in the Shields Gazette that Jack had been told he would not make the 25 man squad for the Premier League this season.

Sportsmail is reporting that the 27-year-old was called back to the first team squad after a player had picked up a knock in training last week.

Jack Colback photo

Jack Colback – no future at his local club

Colback, however, refused to rejoin the squad and that did not make Rafa Benitez a happy camper., and Rafa controls the discipline at the club with an iron fist wrapped in a velvet glove and will not put up with any nonsense whatsoever in training.

Rafa monitors the discipline at the club with an iron fist wrapped in a velvet glove, and he will not put up with any nonsense whatsoever in training.

Rafa Benitez has since told the player to train alone and he will obviously be available for transfer this month and could be a good buy for a top Championship club.

Jack reported to the training ground yesterday afternoon and was told to train on his own after the senior first team training session had already ended.

Like some current Newcastle players who are surplus to requirements, his high wages – estimated at £40K/week – will be a deterrent to him leaving the club.

Jack joined us on a free transfer from Sunderland three years ago, and he still has two years left to run on his contract.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • geordieviking

    Aug 12, 2017 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Probably some truth in this, but it totally true why was Colback given a squad number this week?

  • TudorCrisps

    Aug 12, 2017 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #2

    C ya ginge


    Aug 12, 2017 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Good riddance.
    Jack Coldback is testament that anyone can become a pro footballer.
    He has to be one of the most ordinary players I’ve ever seen.
    You can’t tell me there’s not a thousand kids out there right now that are better footballers than Jack Coldback.
    His mammy and daddy must have greased the right palms when he was younger for him to have ever been given pro terms.

  • AncientC

    Aug 12, 2017 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Mike Ashley showing his stupidity with a weak attempt at being manipulative, using the straw man argument. Invent a false argument, I.e. club and fans want £200 million, then he counters that imaginary argument by claiming he is unable to write a cheque for that amount, shrugging responsibility.

    SD have written cheques for £100s of millions this year, buying in a U.S. chain store and a gaming company etc, yet no money to pay for advertising, which could help the club fund the players it needs.

    If you ever wanted proof of the type of liar that Ashley is – it was in that statement.

  • AncientC

    Aug 12, 2017 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Viking, I couldn’t understand why Colback got the number 4 shirt myself, regardless of bust up. The worst of all is Diane wearing number 10. Who would have thought Diane would be the club number 10 at this stage, just prior to the transfer window opening.

  • TudorCrisps

    Aug 12, 2017 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Hear hear ancient, it is what it is at the minute unfortunately I just can’t wait for tomorrow tho

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 12, 2017 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #7

    If what Ashley is saying is true, and it would seem to be, then surely Rafa has one of the great jobs in football now, and Ashley a quite exemplary owner. Why does anyone think we are entitled to be supported by the owners money? As long as he isn’t siphoning off resources, and as long as he is employing a top manager and giving him a free reign, what more could anyone reasonably want, other than a free ride, like City or Chelsea. Brickbats where they are warranted, but I don’t see any reason to criticise the owner as things are.


    Aug 12, 2017 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #8

    He’s been given the squad number so that the club isn’t being seen as writing him off.
    If he had been left out all together we would really struggle to negotiate a decent transfer fee.

  • Malta Mag

    Aug 12, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Ashley has stated he can’t compete with the big boys and that €200 million cheques are not possible. Fair enough and no surprises for those of us living outside of dreamland. It’s clear that Rafa has full control and that he must generate money by releasing those players surplus to requirements. Any thoughts to the contrary were fueled by the media on promotion when silly figures were being brandished about as being available for him to spend. Rafa will have known this and he must now show what a great manager he is by building the team from the bottom up. I think he’ll still pull off one big surprise before deadline day but all Ashley did was give all of us a reality check???

  • toonincheek

    Aug 12, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #10

    jimmysmith –

    Largely agreed, but he IS siphoning off.

    I have been OK to balance some advertising against his loans,
    but these days, with interest rates so low, that isn’t equal.

    Plus – he siphons off various fringe concessions that could earn
    a few bob.

    Plus – he has hived off parts of ‘NUFC’ (I’m thinking properties)
    and pocketed the money.

    Happy to be put right – I don’t spend hours and hours checking up.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 12, 2017 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #11

    Toonincheek, Yeah I’d agree he should be ideally be charging SD for advertising, but of course he has cleared the substantial debt and more, and most company owners would further feel entitled to draw a “salary” and pay themselves an annual dividend. Ashley has never done this. My beef with Ashley has basically only been over hiring people incapable of realising his vision for the club and the renaming of the ground. But now I’d say he’s doing right.


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