Today Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was named Premier League Manager of the Year. I suspected this might happen in our post from last week, but was chuffed to bits today that the Premier League have recognized Pardew’s work at Newcastle.
Undoubtedly, Pardew has impressed. No-one wanted him at Newcastle, other than Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias, and he walked into a bit of a no-win situation. However, he’s slowly but surely turned Newcastle United into a genuine top five team in the Premier League. The league table doesn’t lie.
As Pardew rightly claimed in his recognition speech after being notified of the award, credit has to go to the entire backroom staff at St. James’s, especially for Graham Carr who’s identified Cisse, and Cabaye who have both been huge successes. Not to mention that the coaching staff have gotten the best out of the players they have.
Recognition could be even greater for Pardew, who has a chance to lead Newcastle United into the Champions League on Sunday, the first time the club has been there since Sir Bobby Robson.
If you’d have told me that Alan Pardew would be given Premier League Manager of the Year at the start of the season I would have told you to stop being daft, but then again, I would have told you the same thing if you told me we’d be in the top five going into the last game of the season.
Howay the Toon.