Despite Nottingham Forest looking set to make a permanent move for him this summer, the Chronicle claim that Jack Colback may not have given up on his Newcastle career just yet – but only if Rafa Benitez leaves the club.
As we all know, Colback was totally banished from Benitez’s plans before his loan move to Forest, but it’s claimed that he might yet assess his options if Rafa left this summer and he was then in the plans of any new manager.
Here’s a snippet from the Chronicle’s piece which reacts to Martin O’Neill’s comments claiming he will explore a permanent deal for the midfielder;
‘Forest do have an option of turning the deal into a permanent one but there is also the possibility that Benitez leaves and Colback finds himself in the plans of a new manager.
‘The player himself may not have discounted that.’
In all honesty, I don’t see how any new manager (perish the thought!) would want Colback when we have the likes of Shelvey, Ki, Diame and Longstaff playing in his position.
One issue that is not yet clear is whether Colback is due to leave on a free this summer. He’s technically out of contract in a few months time, but it seems bizarre that we’d loan him to Forest (rather than sell while he’s available for a fee) if he’s due to leave for nothing soon.
Time will tell, but let’s hope Rafa stays and Colback moves on to Forest permanently – with this scenario seeming like the best outcome for all parties.