There’s still four games to go this season, but surely Alan Pardew has proved himself Manager of the Season because his amazing exploits with Newcastle since last summer.
Alan Pardew and Tony Pulis in good spirits before yesterday’s game
The other two managers who have been lauded this season are Paul Lampard at Norwich and Brendan Rodgers at Swansea, but both clubs have seen their from taper off a bit, as the long season comes to an end.
Both managers have done very well this season, and their two promoted teams are safe for another season, in the world’s top football league.
Swansea and Norwich may have tapered off a little, but not so with Newcastle, who have now gone six wins on the trot, and will be working hard this week on how to extend that to seven games against relegation fighting Wigan Athletic, at the DW Stadium on Saturday.
It’s sometimes hard to get recognition in the North East, but if Newcastle gain a Champions League place for next season, then that will probably give Alan the award as the best manager, and he’ll deserve it.
We have to remember the best managers are those that can get the very best out of their players, that’s the measuring stick.
And it’s clear Alan has done exactly that at Newcastle, as not only has he managed new recruits like Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Davide Santon and Papiss Cisse excellently, but he has also brought the very best out of players already at the club – like James Perch, Danny Guthrie and Tim Krul.
The fact that Alan is English is also a plus of course, and he’s done better at Newcastle United than at any other club in his management career.
Alan’s record at Newcastle since he arrived on December 9th, 2010 is played 62, won 27, drawn 17 and lost only 18, for a win percentage of 43.6 and a loss percentage of just 29.
Newcastle have won more than half their games in the league this season, with 18 wins from their 34 games played so far, and the lads are in 4th place on 62 points, the best points total since Bobby Robson was at the club in 2003.
On the basis that the best manager gets the very best out of the players he has at his disposal, Alan Pardew should win the Manager of the Year award – easily.
What do you think?