Janmaat – Pardew As Good As Koeman And Van Gaal

Newcastle fans were not happy when we picked up only four points in the first seven league games of the season, although we had decent wins in the Capital One Cup at Gillingham and at Crystal Palace in that period.

Daryl Janmaat Saido Berahino west broml

Daryl Janmaat chases Saido Berahino in today’s game

And at that time Alan Pardew’s name was mud,  and the fans wanted him fired by owner Mike Ashley.

But after the good 2-2 draw at Swansea, where Arsenal lost 2-1 today, Newcastle have won five games in a row, including a win at Manchester City in the League Cup, our first ever win at the Etihad Stadium – and we have kept four clean sheets, and three clean sheets on the trot.

And today Daryl Janmaat had an excellent game, and got two assists in our excellent 2-0 win at West Brom, with two perfect crosses for the two goals from young Ayoze Perez and Fabricio Coloccini.

Janmaat was at Feyenoord before he arrived on Tyneside in the summer, and was managed by current Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, and in the summer he was playing for Holland in the World Cup in Brazil, and was managed by Louis van Gaal, who is now manager of Manchester United.

In the Sun on Sunday today, Daryl has said he thinks Alan Pardew is as good a manager as either one of those Dutchmen:

“I worked with two very good managers in Van Gaal and Koeman,  and I’m working with another very good one now. I see the similarities between them.”

“Top managers have belief in themselves, they have strength, they stick to their philosophies.

They do not allow anyone to change those. That is how Alan Pardew has been.¨ “He has stuck to the same principles of belief and knowledge that helped make Koeman and Van Gaal great managers and he should be admired for the way he has turned things around.”

Newcastle are now in 8th place in the league with 16 points from 11 games, , and we are only 3 points out of 4th place.

We play QPR at home in two weeks time, followed by West Ham and Burnley away in our next three league games.

Some good results in those games could see us up there in the league,  before we host Chelsea at home in the game after Burnley

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10 comments so far

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 9, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Oh Keown looked raging talking about the Gunners cant wait to see Big Al waxing lyrical about our performance !!

    Thanks to Pardew and the team you have made watching games and match of the day enjoyable again thats all I ever wanted !!!

  • SuperShearer

    Nov 9, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Pretty sure Koeman manages Southampton not Swansea but okay.

  • manxpie

    Nov 9, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #3

    janmaat now singing his praises!

    strange that

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 9, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #4

    How does Adebayor get away with that?

    Can you imagine a sub at SJP missing his first window to get on the pitch because he wasn’t ready, especially if we’re losing!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 9, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Gutted Ameobi’s volley hit the crossbar

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 9, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Colo absolutely thunderwank3d that bast&rd into the net

    Pick that oot

  • expatmag

    Nov 9, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Gentlemen (and I use the term very loosely)

    Does anyone think that a major contributing factor to recent successes has been the no fear factor of the kids in the side?

  • lesh

    Nov 10, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #8


    Yes indeed, the kids have shown no fear and I wonder whether some of that’s down to Pardew.

    Why I say that? I suspect that in earlier games Pardew’s been trying too hard not to lose games – as shown by his cautionary tactics and selections.

    However, I suspect he’s been told to go for wins from the outset, attack from the kick-off. We’ve seen that of late.

    With that in mind, he’s had less to worry the players with and it appears to be paying off – much as Keegan didn’t worry too much about defending when his approach to games was cavalier, to say the least.

    Whatever it is, it’s paying off and I’m sure the players feel much less burdened with instructions and worries, feeling much freer to play their own games.

    I hope Pardew carries on taking whatever he’s taking.

    Oh, and Catchy, seeing Janmaat’s words must be almost choking, nay seething!

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Nov 10, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Hey what a result.

    You cant knock this?

    What a mess Alan Pardew is making of you haters.

    But hold on, it’s individual magic, the bad will return? What, like every other team? He has done it even with this poor squad.

    Get in! Pardew was never the main problem. I think this is quite clear now.

    He has narf showed some people up here.


    Nov 12, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #10

    how nice to be on a site that has honest fair comments way better than some of the chronicle stuff
    yes indeed i am hoping pardew and the lads are over the hill they were climbing and by the look of the fixtures we should continue to progress UP the table
    dont think anyone expected this 5 win streak but
    i welcome it


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