I Have No Regrets Joining Newcastle – The Club Is Fantastic

Newcastle United’s Dutch defender Daryl Janmaat is already a big favorite with the fans, and if Steve McClaren decides to appoint a new captain he is a favorite after having a great season for us last season.

It was a nightmare season for the club – especially in the second half of the season – when head coach John Carver was in way over his head.

daryl janmaat and papiss cisse in training

Daryl Janmaat training with Papiss Cisse

The players did not play well for Carver, who simply blamed the players  for the terrible record, and said a lot of them were not good enough to wear the shirt, and would be sold this summer.

So there was a lot of collateral damage caused in the squad this year – and new head coach Steve McClaren will have to deal with that when the players report back to pre-season training next Wednesday, following their summer break.

John Carver was a disaster for Newcastle in the head coach position, and he was duly fired on June 9th, the day before McClaren was appointed as the new head coach.

But our new signing from Feyenoord last summer, Daryl Janmaat, seems to just love it at Newcastle and he was easily our Player of the Season last term.

This is what Daryl has said in the Chronicle today:

“Hopefully we have a great squad next season. I have no regrets coming here, I did not make the wrong move.¨

“It was a great decision to come here because the club is fantastic and so is the Premier League.” “We need the fans. They are the 12th man.

“We could see what it was like on the last game against West Ham.” “It was great and hopefully the atmosphere can be like that next season.”

Janmaat showed leadership both on and off the filed last season, and when we were short of center-backs earlier this year with Colo getting himself suspended, he came in and did a very good job in the center of defense.

He also was one of the few players willing to talk to the press during our abysmal eight game losing streak – and there’s leadership for you right three.

Daryl made 40 appearances for Newcastle in his first season on Tyneside with one goal.

The 25 times capped Dutch International would be a popular choice as captain if Steve McClaren decides to appoint a new skipper this summer.

It’s just one of many decisions Steve will have to make this summer.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Why oh why,
    The Ashley out thing is still incredibly relevant. He hasn’t demonstrated a new era at the club yet, and focus should be kept upon him until such time as he has. Just because they want the slate wiped clean, doesn’t mean it should be. Particularly as so far nothing has changed significantly.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Tiote rarely started under McClaren at Twente, in his last season there he was involved in 42 games. He was subbed on in 25 of those, subbed off in 11. He only completed 6 games. We need to sell players, and I think based on that Tiote is probably one McClaren would be okay parting ways with.

    Anita certainly suffered through our style of play, or lack of. McClaren should be able to get more out of him, and hopefully get him back on course. He looked good against West Ham, but they rolled over so it is difficult to judge. We have a number of centre mids, so they are all going to have to hit the ground running to make an earn their spot for the Southampton match.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #3

    You could get some local lads to play for a fraction. In fact, you could probably get some to play for free at SJP in front of a crowd. Some may even pay subs each week. I take it we are deciding that we don’t want a club that strives to compete anymore?

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Why oh why.

    I think you might need to look up the meaning of the word “everyone”.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #5


    Morning mate, you alright.

  • jane

    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6

    not sure about success with no local players though, one good thing at times last season was the number of geordies playing, I seem to remember for much of one match there were 6 or it could have been 5.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Yes, but only if they are good enough. Even a geordie centre forward if they were any good would want £70k plus. More important to have good players. One good thing last season was the number of geordies playing, we almost got relegated. It doesn’t go hand in hand, but some of the geordies aren’t good enough, others weren’t ready.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    Morning welsh.

    Had to switch back to mobile to make sure you were red.

    Still no signings, still no assistant, not much to get excited about!


    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    So Cabella wants out now? That is very disappointing if true

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Where did you read that?

  • cestriasteve

    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Lilongwe, I really like Anita I think he plays a short ball really well, has great vision and most importantly keeps it on the floor. It will be interesting how SM uses him next season.

  • jane

    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #12

    actually I think it was home to Sunderland so that probably supports your argument 😐
    6 geordies on the pitch for half an hour
    Ameobi (until 89 mins)
    Armstrong (from 59 mins)

  • jane

    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #13

    at least they were given a chance 😐

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #14

    Of those;
    Alnwick – isn’t good enough (in a large part down to the clubs ‘development’ program)
    Saylor – when fit and on form is,
    Dummett – jury still out but not a convincing full back
    Colback – does enough for lower Prem
    Ameobi – too inconsistent
    Arma – not ready, should have been on loan last season and needs to be this coming season.

  • Sazzer

    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #15

    According to today’s edition of L’Équipe, West Ham United’s summer transfer window pillage of French football has only just begun.

    The London club have made their interest in PSG’s Yohan Cabaye and Chelsea’s Loïc Rémy crystal clear and are even confident of doing both of these deals at the time of writing. More undoubtedly to follow.

    And Payet.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #16

    Another perfect example of common sense was Swanseas signing of Gomis six months before Bony got sold. That gave him six months to bed in and get used to their playing style. We on the other hand would have assessed the situation in January after Bony was sold before deciding on whether to replace him or not


    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #17

    Some French paper, OM want him on loan apparently and Cabella is keen to get out from what they say

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #18

    Anita has some good attributes, but it would be better if we could find a way to use him without his size being a problem.


    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #19

    Anita? Just poor imo

  • beermonkey

    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #20

    does any1 know if our preseason matches will be on tv

  • cyprus

    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #21

    sorry for nor replying, was away and will go again after this post.
    Why do you say that we clearly have no ambitions?

    That mysterious MA character has declared ambition of the highest order. If this was said by you or me, it could easily be dsmissed. But, this guy, like him or not, is in the top 2 or 3 hundered wealthiest in the world. If he isn’t secretly plotting for the destruction of the Geordie nation, he may get what he wants.

    ‘May’ because in football there are no certainties. You may invest and still fail, so you need to keep trying, and getting up again. But then again, there IS a certainty: success must be bought. At a high price.

    On this:
    Jan is a good player but I’m not sure when exactly he showed leadership qualities. We want someone who leads by example, yes, but we also need someone who will encourage and rally the troops, and show everyone that he (thus we) will not give up, till we win. Someone who will make everyone feel important, able and successful.

  • Jib

    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #22

    The plot thickens
    Having just sold Payet to wet spam there is talk of Cabella being loaned or even sold back to OM
    to replace Payet !!!!!


    A more logical solution to my mind would be Cabella and cash for Florian Thauvin


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