Newcastle Not A Big Club – That Could Change Next Year


Daryl Janmaat was omitted from the Holland squad for this International window, and they were beaten 3-2 by Brazil a couple of days ago at the Amsterdam Arena, and they play Latvia in the Euro 2016 qualifier in Amsterdam on Sunday – and the Dutch manager Guus Hiddink said he will resign if the Dutch lose that game.

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Daryl Janmaat in action at West Brom where he was Man of the Match

The renowned Dutch manager has lost two of his first three qualifying games for Euro 2016, to the Czech Republic and Iceland, and is under severe pressure to beat Latvia, and even though Daryl Janmaat has played very well over the last two or three games for Newcastle, he lost his place in the squad.

The 25 year-old was easily our Man of the Match at West Brom and had just under 50% of the vote – and he had assists on both the goals.

The Newcastle right-back has been interviewed in Holland and he found himself even defending Newcastle at times:

“In terms of calibre we might not be at the calibre of the teams at the top at the minute, but in terms of the size of the club we definitely are.”

“Newcastle United are big, definitely comparable to Feyenoord.” “If I am playing midweek in the cup, there are at least a couple of thousand fans travelling, no matter where we are going.¨

“When that happens then you know you are playing at a big club, especially now that the results are good then you can feel how everybody feels.”

“I have no regrets about my transfer and the people are nice and helpful, what we have seen in England is perfect.”“I am sure that this move has been good for me in every respect.”

Those are good words from Daryl, and of course one reason Newcastle often get criticized is that we haven’t won a thing since 1969, when we won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup – which has gradually changed into the Europa League of today.

But there’s a chance – a decent chance – that we can win the Capital One Cup next year – and we are in the quarter finals of the competition and play at Spurs in December.

Newcastle’s support is some of the best in the world, and it’s always been like that and it’s hard to not call a club big, when we get 52,000 fans at St. James Park at most home league games.

We also have the third highest home gates of any club in the Premier League.

But there again – its hard to say Newcastle are successful when we are not regularly playing in Europe and haven’t won anything for 45 years.

That could change next year.

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3 comments so far

  • SuperShearer

    Nov 14, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Why isn’t he in the Holland Squad? That seems absurd given how well he’s been playing for us in a league much tougher than the Dutch league where he was playing and getting selected before. Unless Gus is not playing four at the back in which case fair enough.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Nov 14, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Coincidently i have had conversations with a lot of people on here about this Dutch Selection and all are agreed that The Dutch F.A. made a huge mistake bringing Gus Hiddink back to replace Loius van Gaal as Dutch Coach ! Most here wanted Ronald Koeman but he was snubbed in favour of Hiddink ! The only good player in their defence at the moment is Krul in Goal ?

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Nov 14, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Conversations on here? Sorry i meant Over here in Holland !

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