With Alan Pardew winning the Premier League Manager Of The Season award last night he has significantly added to his resume (CV).
Alan Pardew welcoming Davide Santon last August
And Newcastle fans have been simply delighted that Alan’s award has put Newcastle back into the spotlight, and Alan is the very first Newcastle manager to receive the award.
The last two great managers at Newcastle, Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan never won the award, even though they both had Newcastle in the Champions League.
We often thought of who the next successful manager would be on Tyneside, and when Freddy Shepherd was Chairman of the club, he tried to sign managers who had already been successful with other clubs.
But when Alan Pardew came to Newcastle in December of 2010, he had a decent record in management, but nothing that would suggest he could take Newcastle into Europe and make them really successful again.
But that’s exactly what the Londoner has done, and not many fans will disagree that he’s been simply fantastic for Newcastle this season, and he’s not finished yet – by a long chalk.
We love it.
Of course Alan still has his critics on Tyneside, and when we are beaten, you can see the comments about how he screwed up etc – but hey this is Newcastle United. 😀
Pardew’s done a wonderful job at Newcastle and long may that continue, and young Davuide Santon, whom Alan has brought on famously this season, compares him to his former manager at Inter-Milan – the special one – Jose Mourinho:
“I’ve always said Pardew reminds me of Mourinho,” “They’ve got the same mentality and same will to win the way they study tactics, their meticulous preparations and the way they have team meetings before the game. That’s the same as at Inter Milan.”
“The preparation here is perfect and it’s all geared towards winning. Alan Pardew is also excellent at getting the team spirit just right before games.”I’ve been very impressed with him since I got here.”
“I’ve always been happy here even when I’ve not been in the team, because I realize the manager was giving me time to settle in and study the team.”
“I like the mentality the manager’s got with the way he studies the players, the way he thinks about the game, and the way he wants to win.” “When I arrived, I needed time to study the other players, see how they played and how I would fit into that.”
“I also needed time to see how physical the game was. It took me some time to get used to things. It takes time to get used to a new league and a new team, but once I got over that I started to settle in.”
“It’s difficult for us to make it into the Champions League because Arsenal and Tottenham are above us,” “We’re concentrating on winning the last game and we’re in Europe no matter what happens, which is great. We’ll just have to see what happens.”
Davide Santon has gradually improved all season, and he has been in and out of the side, but Davide knew that Alan Pardew was doing what was best for him, and Davide is a better player now, than when he first arrived from Inter-Milan last August.
When Davide arrived he said some great things about the Tyneside club, and immediately got into the supporter’s good books.
But who would have thought we would finish in the top five this season, and Alan Pardew has been simply astonishing this season, in the magnificent way he has managed Newcastle United.
Long may that continue.