Wednesday night must have been immensely difficult for every Newcastle United player.
Sunderland’s 3-0 win over Everton at the Stadium of Light condemned them to relegation; the Magpies’ final match of the season against Tottenham this Sunday now pretty meaningless.
But for Jack Colback, the evening was even more difficult than his teammates’. A supposed quote of his went viral on Twitter and he was absolutely taken apart for it.
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Colback, per The Sun, is alleged to have told reporters following his free transfer to Newcastle United in the summer of 2014: “It wasn’t a difficult decision. Sunderland are always battling relegation.
"Newcastle are a stable club, and we can fight for the top 4 with a couple of decent additions.
"I have absolutely no intention of playing in the Championship, and that’s why I’m joining Newcastle.
"I’ll get booed at the Stadium of Light, but if Sunderland carry on the way they are, I won’t have play there again for a while.”
Quote looks fake to us...
As far as we can tell, this quote is fake. It doesn’t appear on any other website and there are plenty of tweets suggesting the ‘comments’ have been made up.
However, that didn’t stop Twitter from taking the post as gospel and laying into poor old Colback.
Celebrity James Corden probably made the situation worse by tweeting the post to his 6.88 million followers, alongside the caption: “He really went balls to the wall on this statement!”
Check out these tweets…
And so on...
Newcastle's best players will surely leave
Newcastle now have a real job on their hands holding onto some of their best players - including Tim Krul, Georginio Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko, Jonjo Shelvey, Ayoze Perez and Andros Townsend - and, of course, their experienced manager Rafael Benitez.
Will Rafa Benitez?
Despite Newcastle’s relegation, interest in securing Benitez’s services will surely be high.
The Spanish coach began the season with Real Madrid before being sacked by the Spanish giants in January.
He took over from Steve McClaren at St James’ Park in Newcastle but, despite his best efforts, was unable to prevent the Magpies from slipping into English football’s second tier.
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