Jack Colback clearly has no future at Newcastle United.

Rafa Benitez excluded the midfielder from his 25 man Premier League squad and sent him to train and play with the reserves.

The 28 year obviously needs another club but will anybody take him in January.

An exclusive on Tuesday morning claims that Jack Colback is heading back to Sunderland.

Teamtalk report that Sunderland want to take the midfielder back to Wearside.

‘TEAMtalk can reveal Newcastle outcast Jack Colback could be on his way back to Sunderland this January.

Colback played 21 times in Benitez’s promotion winning side last term, but he has now been told he is free to leave, although due to his wages Newcastle may have to sanction a loan move.

And Sunderland – the club Colback began his career with and starred for – are keen on bringing the 28-year-old back to Wearside.

Colback left the Black Cats on a free transfer to join the club the club he grew up supporting in July 2014 and he has made 94 appearances for the Toon Armey.’

I can’t imagine this deal ever happening, back in late August (see below) as the transfer window was closing, The Sun claimed that Sunderland were trying to get Colback on loan.

We detailed then that this was surely fantasy, after the things Colback has said since leaving Sunderland, as well as the way he did it, plus the reaction of the Mackem fans to the idea.

As much chance of Jack Colback going back to Sunderland as there is of Mike Ashley properly backing Rafa Benitez in the January transfer window.

The Mag – 31 August 2017:

Interesting/amusing claims on Thursday morning that Jack Colback could be set for a return to Sunderland.

The midfielder is one of a lengthy list of players who Rafa Benitez has been desperate to get out of St James Park.

The likes of Hanley, de Jong and Riviere have all moved on, with hopefully at least a few of Haidara, Krul, Darlow, Lazaar and Colback, set to join them on this deadline day.

Jack Colback was one of those sent to train with the kids and wasn’t even included in the public training session at St James Park two weeks ago.

Hull City had emerged as the favourites in recent days to ‘land’ Colback, with claims of a loan deal that would see Newcastle pay half of the midfielder’s wages.

However, now it is claimed by The Sun that the Newcastle player could return to Sunderland instead on loan.

Your first reaction would normally be to think that there is no way this is likely but after Lee Clark moved to Wearside back in the day, I would never rule anything out.

Ignoring past history a loan move would make sense but then that would rely on totally forgetting the circumstances of his departure.

Sunderland even released an official statement (see below) in June 2014 when Jack Colback signed for Newcastle United.

The Mackems clearly feeling that they had been misled by the player and his agents, leading to them not receiving a penny when one of their first team players left.

As for the Sunderland fans, when the two clubs then met, they made their feelings quite clear by producing some very over the top visual messages…

jack colback

Sunderland Official Statement – June 2014:

“Jack is a player we have nurtured and developed through our academy system since he was eight years old.

“We gave him the opportunity to become a professional footballer and are therefore extremely disappointed in the events that have led to his departure from the club.

“This wasn’t about money – the club agreed to all of the terms demanded of us during discussions and we were always led to believe that Jack wanted to stay with us.

“At his and his representatives’ request, final talks were put on hold until the club secured its top flight status.

“To our dismay however, we were subsequently never given the chance to negotiate with him to stay.

“For him to then leave the club that has supported him throughout his formative years in such a manner, with no chance for Sunderland to recover any of the significant investment that it has made in him as a player, has left a bitter taste.”



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Give him away just to get him off the wage bill

  • Salty

    Give him a free transfer back and it makes up for their lack of a fee when he left. Simples

  • Paul Patterson

    Free transfer.

  • Mrkgw

    Rate the lad or not, he deserves better than the treatment given to him in having to train with youth set up. If a move to the mackems is the answer then so be it.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      there`s more than him on the schitt list, seems the manager holds grudges

      • Paul Patterson

        @mrkgw:disqus
        I’m not in the know and can’t back this up, but I heard that in training session, a player pulled up injured and either Rafa or one of his staff asked Colback to fill in in an unfamiliar position and he said ‘no’. Since then he’s been nowhere near. Like I said, I can’t back it up, but if it is the case then I can understand why he’s not in the first team squad.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Looking at that photo it’s treatment he needs not a new club.

  • ghostrider

    Colback’s always looked like a player that gives his all and would be willing to run through brick walls for the cause.
    I could be wrong but that’s how he’s looked to me and came across.
    He’s not the best quality but he could have done a few jobs for us when the going got tough, because one thing about him was, he never hid.

    It’s weird how Rafa comes in and sends a fair few to Coventry.

    I fail to see how all of these players can cause Rafa grief unless they have a valid reason to.
    I’d love to hear their stories when they move on, or Rafa does.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Strange fella Rafa,Gerrard says although he was a great tactician they had a “frosty” relationship.He quotes that Rafa seemed to prefer Spanish speaking players and those from South America.

      • ghostrider

        Well judging by what we see with his buys, it seems that’s more of a truth.
        Even Lazaar is from a part of Morocco that is sort of Spanish speaking in some cases.
        I think Rafa is a manager that revels in being put on a pedestal but doesn’t take kindly to not being thought of as the main man. A control freak, maybe.
        That’s my speculative opinion that could be close to the truth or not as close as I speculate.
        I find him sort of cold. I can’t seem to identify with him.

        It’s almost like trying to identify with a similar but more inwardly calculated appearance of a Greame Souness.

        • thewildchimp

          Not cold, distanced perhaps. It seems to me that he genuinely sympathises with Mitro, Mbemba and the rest, but he isn’t gonna play them because he’s decided not to and that’s final. Not a flexible personality.

          He wants to play Spanish football and that’s why he prefers Spaniards. I used to think that the only reason Perez is in the team (less useful than Colback, imo) is because he was from Spain. But it seems that Diame and he are playing simply because Rafa won’t change his system no matter what.

          • ghostrider

            Yep, it seems he’s a one track sort of manager.

    • Jezza

      Colback was a liability in the Championship last season. He’s nowhere near good enough. That’s why he’s out in the cold.

  • thewildchimp

    “As much chance of Jack Colback going back to Sunderland as there is of Mike Ashley properly backing Rafa Benitez in the January transfer window.”

    Gold.