Alan Pardew cannot be given too much credit for the amazing job he’s done, since he arrived at Newcastle a short 16 months ago.
Alan Pardew yesterday – been fantastic at Newcastle
And while Newcastle will fall short of qualifying for the Champions League this season, the team has a decent shot at qualifying for a Europa League place.
And if we can do that, it will be the first time since the 2006-2007 season under Glenn Roeder, that we’ve been in Europe, and that’s after being relegated to the second division in 2009, and coming straight back up the next year.
It’s been a remarkable come-back story for Newcastle, who most pundits wrote off in the summer of 2009, but the great Chris Hughton had other ideas, and he brilliantly guided the team back to the top flight with Colin Calderwood.
And in so doing, amassed a terrific 102 points in the Championship with 30 wins and only four defeats. We’ve also realized that most pundits don’t have a clue about what they are talking about, but what’s new?
Jonas Gutierrez, who was a proud captain both during and after the defeat of Liverpool yesterday, has no doubts about how good Alan Pardew is as a manager, and thinks he should be candidate for Manager of the Season.
“He has to be.” “If you look at the results he’s got this season, and if you think of the expectations before the season started, nobody would have expected Newcastle to be in the top six.”
“The fans didn’t even think that here. He is doing a great job here. He was last year as well, but we have to keep doing a good job for him.” “If he got manager of the year it will be a proud moment for him and for the players.”
“When he came to the club and after what happened with Chris Hughton, it is amazing.” “Back then it was a surprise that Chris didn’t stay.” “The fans enjoyed watching the team under Chris. So it meant Alan came here under a difficult situation.”
“But he has focused on his job and done really, really well.” “He’s got a gift. And he can work well during difficult times.” “When you throw in that it was made hard for him in pre-season when a lot of players left it makes it an even better job.”
Alan Pardew has proved himself a wonderful man-manager, and some of his words about former player Andy Carroll before yesterday’s game were inspiring – for Andy himself.
But Kenny Dalglish is having trouble on how to get the best out of the expensive player Liverpool have brought in under his reign, and when that happens, you have to look at the coaching side of the club.
That’s because coaching is fundamentally about getting the very best out of your players, and one of the best managers ever at that, was the late Sir Bobby Robson.
Newcastle lost Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique last year, but Alan has molded a top side out of the new players he has brought in, to replace those who have departed for pastures anew.
And we’ve noticed when players leave Newcastle they hardly ever do as well at other clubs than they did at Newcastle, and all four of those players are having a hard time of it at their new clubs – every single one of them.
There’s no doubt that Alan should be a top candidate for Manager of the Year, and the fact he’s a cockney should help, but there again because he’s manager of a north-east side 300 miles from London will not help.
Alan Pardew has been inspired big time at Newcastle, just like Chris Hughton was before him, and he’s doing better than he’s ever done in management – and long may that continue – whether he’s recognized for it outside of Newcastle or not.
Pardew has been unbelievably good so far on Tyneside – and it’s hard to argue with that, given his record.