Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat, Gini Wijnaldum and Andros Townsend couldn’t leave Newcastle United quick enough, once relegation was confirmed.
All four made it clear they had no intention of doing the right thing and help to clear up the disaster they had helped to create, only showing an interest in their own selfish personal ambitions.
Thankfully many of the other players who had taken Newcastle down didn’t feel the same way, instead displaying some self-respect and integrity as they committed to trying to get United back up into the Premier League.
Lifelong Newcastle fan and now player, Jack Colback was one of those who didn’t consider leaving.
His form may have been a bit up and down so far but there is no doubts about his heart being in the right place.
Colback says ‘I think it was a duty that if you were part of the group that took the club down, to try and get it back to where it needs to be’.
Some apologists try to make excuses about some of the rats that deserted but fundamentally they don’t have a leg to stand on.
Yes the likes of Sissoko, Townsend and Wijnaldum haven’t broken any laws, only a moral code, which says you should take responsibility for your actions and do you bit to put things right.
All footballers want to win things of course but you would like to think about at least some of them, that they are motivated also by other things, with a little bit of backbone as people.
Newcastle fans will always remember with affection many of those players who hung around in 2009/10 and now the class of 2016/17 have the same opportunity.
Jack Colback talking to the Chronicle:
“First and foremost I want to take Newcastle back into the Premier League, I think it was a duty that if you were part of the group that took the club down, to try and get it back to where it needs to be.
“I think everything is there now to get the club back in the Premier League and then to push on.
“ I think maybe things weren’t ideal and there was a limit to how far the club could have gone but I think people have realised that it can’t be like that any more.
“Things seem to be getting done properly now. It’s a long-term goal of promotion and then to get the club back to where it needs to be but if we can do that, we can push on from there and see where we can go.”
“That has come with the group that we have got now and the spirit we have. You need that. It’s easy to react when things are a bit more positive.
“The last few years it has been tough and it’s been a tough environment to play in, that is not about our fans, it’s just every club, there is pressure when you’re losing.
“It makes it difficult but we have got a group now that can respond – there has been the odd game that we have won that hasn’t been pretty, the Rotherham one springs to mind and we had to slog it out.”