Newcastle defender reveals why Alan Pardew is 'similar' to Louis van Gaal

Alan Pardew

Newcastle right back Daryl Janmaat says Alan Pardew is similar to Louis van Gaal and Ronald Koeman.

Newcastle' start to the season was dire, taking two months to register their first win with a 1-0 victory over Leicester City in October.

Yet since then, the Magpies have found their stride. Wins against Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool mean that they had a four-game winning streak to protect as they went to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday afternoon.

And after goals from Ayoze Perez and Fabrizio Coloccini, Newcastle notched their fifth straight win all competitions, meaning they now sit in eighth place - just two points off a top four spot.

It's quite the turnaround for manager Alan Pardew, who was the subject of huge protests from Newcastle fans, who wanted the former West Ham and Southampton boss out of St. James' Park after the terrible start to the campaign.

He's stayed tough and turned it around though, and one of his summer signings has thrown some huge praise in his direction.

Right back Daryl Janmaat arrived from Feyenoord this summer in a £5m deal, and says that Pardew is similar to his former Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal and his ex-Feyenoord manager Ronald Koeman.

Van Gaal is now with Manchester United whilst Koeman has remarkably led Southampton to second place with eight wins from 11 games, and Janmaat says there are similarities between the trio.

"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," he said.

"Top managers have belief in themselves, they have strength, they stick to their philosophies," he added.

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