Ronald Koeman Makes A Good Point About FA Cup

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

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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13 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jan 16, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Stop ed, just…stop.

    Toonking from previous, previous thread – ahhhhh but I DID think!

    The initial impact from mags boycotting sd would be tiny from a till sales viewpoint, however it would be adversely newsworthy. Same with the match day ‘refreshments’ (gaahh) and the club shop would he the biggest scoop – imagine a club where the fans dont even buy their own merchandise, hardly a glowing endorsement and would inevitably allow the media to rake over the coals of his naughty past practices (alleged). I agree that a sackpardew style wen presence would be the next move. I thought along the lines of say where there could be a petition to buy Ashley a bike. So he could get on it.

  • geordie157

    Jan 16, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Campbell and Roberts have joined Gateshead on a month loan then, hopefully they can help get them promoted, they are losing ground on the playoff spots at the moment.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 16, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #3

    I say this about training, when getting a lot of game time you don’t need to train as much, likewise in these 2 weeks off we could train a lot more.

    What needs to happen with the FA cup is to bring it up to the times. tradition is good but not if it hampers progress. I’d rather have no replays so sides might play a stronger team, needs to be some incentive for a side to field a strong team…maybe the winners get a champs league spot but not sure if UEFA allow it or not.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 16, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #4

    TS…I don’t think it works that way in football – but what I was thinking was why would you send a player of that caliber to play in the non league, when the level in the reserve is much higher?

    …just imagine what kind of players that would play in the reserve for Arsenal, Man Utd, Citeh, Liverpool, Spurs and Chelski?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 16, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Tsunki…let me paint you a picture of what will happen tomorrow:

    …there will be 52.000 screaming fans at SJP who have just visited the local SD store before the game and are now enjoying a hot-dog and a lite beer in their seat 😉

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 16, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #6


    From previous. Yeh I appreciate sports are different, so see your point, it’s pretty valid really.

    We don’t play those sides though as we are a division 2 under 21 team. The one advantage to playing older players is match awareness. You can learn from their experience, they may not be as good as our young lads but they will know plenty and can pass this on as well as letting them see how experienced defenders may stop them….it will be tough and teach them how to outwit opponents.

    Gateshead have the striker who was scoring 20+ a season for Sunderlands under 21s a couple years ago, so they are no mugs, won’t be much worse, in fact I’d dare say better, than ours and a lot of sides under 21 level.

    again to compare to cricket (if possible) we have a local academy from durham play in our league (durham are very successful) but the academy are always mid table at best as they struggle against experience even though they may have more talent…just helps them learn.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 16, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #7

    TS…I think the problem is the big clubs would probably not allow a random team to bypass them by winning a domestic cup.

    …but I see where you are getting at and I sort of agree 🙂

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 16, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #8


    Final point off me as I’m going out now

    If we can get them in at a championship club even better, but I think some senior football will benefit them when used in conjunction with the under 21 stuff.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 16, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #9

    But TS…maybe there aren’t that many reserve games in January?

  • hibbit

    Jan 16, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #10

    re post…… this demo at rangers tonight will will give us a good idea of how much fight the rangers fans have in them ED slow down just a bit we didn’t all work for ibm

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 16, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Enjoy yourself TS!

    …think I’ll go and prepare some burgers 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 16, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Tsunki…I am beginning to think you are avoiding me!

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 16, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Seems one or two don’t think we were after Gomis last season. He was just about signed up but it stalled because of the personal terms ie we wouldn’t pay what he wanted.
    Subsequent quote from King Percy :-
    “““How can it be that Swansea, with crowds of 26,000, can outbid us on Gomis’ terms?” he queried, “I can’t get my head around that.”


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