Jan­maat’s warn­ing

Daily Mail - - Capital One Cup - CRAIG HOPE

DARYL JAN­MAAT says it is time New­cas­tle re­alised they are in dan­ger of be­ing rel­e­gated as he ad­mit­ted to con­cern over men­tal weak­ness and lack of char­ac­ter in the squad. The Hol­land de­fender col­lected his prize of North East Foot­ball Writ­ers’ Player of the Year this week and stunned the crowd, in­clud­ing head coach Steve McClaren, when he de­liv­ered a speech in which he re­turned a damn­ing ap­praisal of the team’s per­for­mance in 2015. ‘It is a strange sit­u­a­tion for me to be stand­ing here,’ said Jan­maat. ‘I am proud to win this prize but not proud of the poor re­sults of New­cas­tle in 2015. ‘At the mo­ment we make too many mis­takes on the whole pitch. The team is not play­ing well. We are sec­ond-bot­tom and we are in a rel­e­ga­tion fight — ev­ery­body has to know that. We need more char­ac­ter and we need to be men­tally stronger.’

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