In the build up to the game tomorrow at Southampton, new Saints manager Ronald Koeman has talked about what he thinks of the current Newcastle team.
Ronald Koeman – new Southampton manager
This is what Koeman said yesterday about Newcastle:
“They did not have a good start to the season. They have good players, good quality players and I know a lot about the Dutch players who play for Newcastle.”
“Maybe there’s a little bit more pressure on them to win finally but I like to see more what my team has to do to win against them. That is in my opinion more important.”
It’s right that Koeman does know about our Dutch players, and none more so than Daryl Janmaat, who played under the former Barcelona great at Feyenoord for the last two seasons, before he signed on at Newcastle in July.
For any youngsters reading this, Ronald Koeman was one of the best attacking midfielders ever to grace a football field, and in his career at Groningen, Ajax, PSV, Barcelona and Feyenoord he played 685 games with a fantastic 239 goals.
Ronald Koeman – during playing career at Barca – circa 1992
He also played 78 times for Holland with 14 goals from 1982 through 1994.
Since he finished playing back in 1997, he has moved around quite a bit and managed eight clubs so far, and he seems to have made a decent start to his Saints management career, picking up 4 points from the first three league games, but Southampton have also been inconsistent this season.
It remains to be seen if we can take something out this game tomorrow, but a defeat and there will be even more cries for Alan Pardew to be fired at Newcastle.
We hope the lads can get a win tomorrow.
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