WITHIN minutes of Newcastle United officially announcing the capture of Jack Colback, Sunderland issued a statement expressing their disappointment in the player and the nature of his departure.
The Magpies confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in football when they released a Press release announcing the 24-year-old’s signing on Monday evening.
And Sunderland initially marked Colback’s exit with a terse 26-word statement.
But within the hour a club statement was posted on the club website which hinted at the anger and bitterness felt at the highest level that Colback had turned his back on Sunderland.
The statement read: “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.”
No name was attached to the statement but it is inconceivable that the statement was not authorised at the highest level and would have been passed in front of chairman Ellis Short.