We’ll Do Everything Possible To Qualify For Europe


Ronald Koeman was the manager at Feyenoord for the last three years, before he signed on as the new boss at Southampton, and our new signing Daryl Janmaat played under him for the last two seasons, after signing on from Heerenveen as a free agent in the summer of 2012.

Daryl Janmaat at Aston Villa

Daryl Janmaat in action at Aston Villa

There’s an interview in the Northern Echo today that is taken from Janmaat’s remarks at a Newcastle United Foundation event at the Discovery Museum’s Toon Times exhibition, and it was conducted of course before lat night’s 2-1 defeat of Holland by the Czech Republic in a Euro 2016 qualifier.

Unfortunately it was a Janmaat error in stoppage time, that gave the home side the win in the Euro 2016 qualifier.

This is what Daryl has said:

“It’s nice for me to come up against Koeman,” . “He’s a good trainer. It’ll be nice to see him in the Premier League and I’m looking forward to playing against him.”

“I think he is going to do well at Southampton. It takes time because they lost their manager and a lot of good players and it’s not easy to win games and play around when there’s been a lot of changes.”

“I’m sure he’s going to do well because he’s a great trainer.”  “I don’t know what we can do, but I think we have to focus on every game. We can do well.”

“We have a good squad and we have to take each game as it comes and at the end of the season we’ll see where we end up.” 

“We want to play in Europe. I don’t know if it’s possible this year but we want to,  and we will do everything to make that happen.”

In fact Ronald Koeman has made a decent start to his Southampton management career with 4 points from the first three games – and that’s especially true when you consider the Saints lost Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren to Liverpool, Callum Chambers to Arsenal and Luke Shaw to Man United in the summer.

Talk about being a selling club.

We’re pretty sure that Newcastle told their new arrivals before they came to the club over the summer that a real target for Newcastle was to get back into Europe.

But it also seems that Alan Pardew – who remains the mouthpiece for the club to the fans – plays that down, maybe to keep the fans’ expectations on the low side.

It’s much easier to appear to have done well if you set the expectations low.

In our poll on where Newcastle will finish in the league this season, 62% thought we’d finish 7th to 10th, and only 17% think we will finish in the top six.

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Finally Janmaat has looked very good for Newcastle at right back so far this season, and scored his first goal for the club against Crystal Palace.

What do you think?

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3 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Sep 10, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #1

    I’ve got news for Janmaat, all our player want Europe or even a cup, and we might have a team capable of such success.

    The problem is we just don’t have a manager with enough tactical knowledge or awareness to organise the team and bring success.

    This is the season under the inept one where we will struggle at the wrong end of the table.

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Sep 10, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Every shred of optimism seems to have been completely ripped from every single one of us. Very sad to see.

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  • Sav

    Sep 10, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    If its any consolation, I thought the Dutch keeper was more at fault that Janmaat for that ‘Post to Pilar’ goal against the Czechs. His feet looked stuck in clay. Krul should’ve been on and he would have thrown his cap on it FFS.

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