GUS POYET admits it will be “strange” to see Jack Colback wearing black and white in the derby cauldron this weekend.
Ex-Sunderland midfielder Colback put the gloss on a second successive 3-0 victory at St James’s Park for the Black Cats 10 months ago after netting the third goal for Poyet’s side.
But after rejecting a new contract at the Stadium of Light to join Newcastle on a Bosman deal during the summer, Colback faces his boyhood employers for the first time tomorrow.
Sunderland boss Poyet harbours no ill-will towards Colback, but hopes his run of finishing on the winning side in the derby comes to an abrupt halt.
Poyet said today: “For me, it will be strange to see Jack Colback wearing the Newcastle shirt.
“I’m very honest with the players and we wish every single player well who helped us last year... except when they play against us.
“It’s as simple as that.
“On this occasion, he’s playing for the biggest rivals.
“But you are never surprised with things that happen in football.
“I’m sure he’ll try to be on the winning side.
“He’s been very good for them.
“But let’s hope he wasn’t the main reason why Sunderland have been able to win three in a row and we can put him on the losing side this time.”