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Pardew for Manager of the Year?

Newcastle United’s season has been a bit of a revelation. Absolutely no-one predicted we’d be fighting and competing for Champions League football at the start of the season. Steady, but unspectacular signings and big-name players leaving the club saw many pundits predicting mid-table mediocrity for us, and you’d be hard pushed to argue with them.

I was one of many who voiced discontent at Alan Pardew’s arrival at Newcastle. After being fired by Southampton, I didn’t really think he was the calibre of manager to take our club forward. How wrong I was. He’s done a spectacular job and has performed wonders with the players at his disposal, such as getting the best out of Hatem Ben Arfa who’s been setting the Premier League alight with stunning goals.

Another shout for Premier League manager of the year would be Swansea’s Brendan Rodgers. Swansea arguably play some of the best football in the Premier League, and they’ve more than held their own in their first season in the Premier League. Rodgers could also be in with a shout of the Spurs job should ‘Arry sling his hook and take up the reigns of the next England boss.

So Toon fans, do you reckon Pardew should get Manager of the Year? If not, who’s your pick?

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  • To quote your views on Pardew’s appointment:

    “Alan Pardew New Newcastle United Manager

    by Lee on December 9, 2010

    Alan Pardew, the man who was sacked by League One side Southampton for being mediocre, has been named the new manager of Newcastle United. Pardew has agreed to a five and a half year contract, which is currently one of the largest managerial contracts in European football.

    I think a lot of Newcastle fans would have reacted differently to the news if Chris Hughton was replaced by someone who had experience, someone who had won leagues or cups, and who’s teams had been successful. But no, Alan Pardew got the Newcastle job because of his social relationship with Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley.

    Make no mistake about it, Pardew will have no grace period, no honeymoon, nor the respect of the players. The man is on a hiding to nothing, and in our eyes, deserves every bit of hiding that he receives. To those fans saying we should back Pardew, I couldn’t disagree more. Pardew has knowingly negotiated a contracted while Chris Hughton was still Newcastle United manager. Pardew is just as much to blame as Mike Ashley and his cronies.

    This now begins our boycott of all things Newcastle United. No merchandise, no shirts, no season tickets, nothing – until Mike Ashley, Derek Llambias and Alan Pardew are well clear of St. James’s Park.”

    So I assume you’ll be chuffed if England go in for him then?

  • What can I say? I’ll eat my words.

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