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?