Jack Colback says that he has been experiencing a bad case of Deja Vu over the last ten months.

The Geordie midfielder says that he thoought he had seen the last of being involved in relegation battles when he arrived at St James Park.

Only to then be involved in a….relegation battle, right up to the last day of the season, when victory over West Ham ensured survival.

The previous two seasons had seen Jack Colback battling relegation with Sunderland.

Both the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons saw Colback and his Mackem teammates only survive due to the points gifted to them by Newcastle – four in 2012/13 and six in 2013/14.

Sadly, if he had looked at Newcastle’s record under Ashley then he would see that in the last six Premier League campaigns under Mike Ashley, NUFC have been relegated once (2008/09) and almost relegated twice (2012/13 and last season – 2014/15).

However, the Newcastle player feels that the bare minimum for NUFC is being able to compete in ever game, with the Geordie saying that ‘everything’ is already at the club in terms of foundations for success to happen if things are done correctly.

Jack Colback:

“I still feel as though I can achieve everything I want to here, that was a huge reason why I signed, it wasn’t as though I only came because it was my boyhood club.

“You have to be realistic and we’re not going to be challenging for the league or anything like that any time soon, but you want to be able to compete in every game – that should be the bare minimum for a club like this.”

This club could be incredible:

 “It definitely still feels like a club where, if everything went right, it could be incredible, everything is here for that to happen.

“You’ve got to be sensible with that because there are clubs that have overstretched in the past and that are in a mess now. There’s a certain level that’s realistic to get to, although that’s out of my hands. It’s a club with potential, and hopefully we can have a right good go next season.”

Thought seen the last of relegation battles…:

“It was a whirlwind first season for me and to be honest, I thought I was moving away from relegation battles when I signed here.

“You just hope that things like that don’t happen again.”

Last season started OK:

“It is what it is, and that’s the thing about football, it’s so unpredictable. You can only control so much in football.

“It’s been an up and down season. It started okay, then we had some fantastic results beating the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool.”

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