Newcastle United were relegated from the Premier League.
Jack Colback of Newcastle United
Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback has admitted to the Chronicle that he felt ashamed by the team’s performances last season.
It was a tough year that saw Steve McClaren replaced by Rafa Benitez before the end of the season as the Magpies desperately tried to mount a late survival bid.
That did not happen as they were relegated, by virtue of rivals Sunderland staying up, and Colback has admitted he felt ashamed of the way he and his teammates played.
“Last season I kind of felt ashamed of how the team were playing, and the results,” he told the Chronicle.
“It is our job to perform, and we didn’t and got relegated,” he added. "As a player, I get paid to do this and as a player, you do feel ashamed walking around.”
Newcastle's Jack Colback looks dejected after a missed chance
Luckily relegation has proven to be something of a blessing for the Magpies this season as they have taken well to life in the second tier.
They currently find themselves top of the Championship after 16 games of the season, with an eight-point gap between themselves and third place.
Being top dogs is something that Colback is enjoying after last season and says if they secure promotion, which is the minimum expectation, then he may be able to walk around with his chest out after all.
“We are top dogs in the league and I’m enjoying it,” he said.
“We are doing our job. No disrespect to the league, we expect to be promoted. The aim is to get promoted - maybe then I’ll walk around with my chest out.”
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez shakes hands with Jack Colback after the game