Ronald Koeman has so far done a fantastic job as the Southampton manager this season, and Newcastle fans will be hoping that whoever we appoint to become the new head coach at Newcastle United will start off his career on Tyneside as well as Koeman has done this season on the south coast.
Ronald Koeman – why replays in FA Cup?
Newcastle will have an advantage in tomorrow;’s game that three Saints players – Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld are all injured and will miss the game tomorrow.
The Dutch manager is being philosophical about the injuries due to the incredible schedule teams in England have top go through in December and early January – and Ronald lost Wanyama in a replay of the FA Cup 3rd round on Wednesday night with a hamstring injury.
This is what the Saints manager said today:
“I don’t put too much energy in that problem of injuries because you can’t do anything about that,” “You can always look to what you are doing in the training sessions and how we recover the players, but we haven’t trained in the last few weeks because we played so much.”
“It’s a problem with the schedule that the players have during what normally has to be a winter break.” “We have to play. Another replay? Come on, please, play the FA Cup with extra time and penalties. Why a replay? Another game – it’s crazy.”
That’s a good point about replays in the FA Cup – there’s really no reason to have them and we don’t have them in the League Cup.
So one good move the FA could make as early as this summer is to end the replays in the FA Cup, and have a decision on the first meeting with extra time and penalties deciding the game if necessary.
It seems to make sense, and there’s not much of a downside that we can see.
Maybe only when a small club meets a big club at home and wants a replay so they can have a big money day?
What do you think?
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