To add to Newcastle’s woes, it is now being widely reported on Sunday that Jack Colback is being investigated over allegedly breaking betting rules.

Stricter ambling rules were introduced in 2014, which don’t allow players and coaches to bet on any footballing activity around the world.

Amongst those carrying the news are the Guardian, they say that Jack Colback could now face FA charges, although it is understood that the claimed bets weren’t on any match which involves Newcastle United’s struggle against relegation.

The FA policy is not to comment on cases until the player/coach is charged but the FA are reportedly looking into allegations that betting rules have been breached by the United midfielder.

One of the most recent cases saw Manchester City defender Demichelis admit a charge that he broke betting rules this season, concerning matches played between January 22 and 28 this year.

Dan Gosling was of course found guilty of multiple breaches of the betting rules and paid £30,000 in fines in 2014, having placed the bets whilst on Newcastle’s books.

One of Colback’s team-mates at Villa Park yesterday will be able to give him an idea of the process.

Back in 2013, the then Tottenham midfielder Andros Townsend was fined £18,000 and also banned from football for four months, with three of those months suspended.