Jack Colback says the past few months have been a “wake-up call” for everyone at Newcastle United.
The club stayed up on the final day of the Premier League season.
Questions have to be asked as to why this happened.Jack Colback
But Colback insists he and his team-mates were not in the mood to celebrate after Sunday’s 2-0 win over West Ham United.
And the midfielder, one of United’s best performers, feels that the club must learn lessons from the past few months in which John Carver’s injury and suspension-hit side slide down the table.
“Questions have to be asked as to why this happened,” said Colback, who joined Newcastle from Sunderland last summer.
“We have to try to understand why we had such a bad demise.
“Obviously, we had injuries and suspensions, and they didn’t help, but it’s probably a wake-up call for everybody at the club.
“It’s a huge club, but everybody’s had a tough time with the run we’ve been on.”
Managing director Lee Charnley must identify a permanent successor to Alan Pardew, who left St James’s Park at the turn of the year with the team in the top 10.
However, there are not expected to be any significant developments over the next 48 hours.
And it is not certain that United will approach previous target Steve McClaren, this week sacked by Derby, a third time.
Carver, head coach for the second half of the season, still wants the job, but the club’s fans are keen for an external appointment.
Carver will head away on holiday tomorrow looking to relax after a fraught few months on and off the field, which culminated in a dramatic day at St James’s Park.
The 2-0 success over West Ham was the club’s first victory since February 28.
Colback said: “We didn’t really want to celebrate the fact we stayed in the league, because that should be the bare minimum.
“We got ourselves into a difficult position in the second half of the season, and we should never have got ourselves into that mess.
“But that’s football, and it’s a tough league.
“When you get into the kind of run that we had, it can be hard to get yourself back out.
“At least, in the end, we did get ourselves out of it. The fans can vent their anger however they want to now, but hopefully we can forget about the season and have a really good go next season.”