Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has just been named the League Managers Association (LMA) Manager of the Season.
Alan Pardew – LMA Manager of the Season
That goes with the award he received last Friday as the Premier League Manager of the season, and is Alan’s second award for the season just completed.
At Monday night’s League Managers Association 20th Annual Awards Dinner hosted at the historic Old Billingsgate, London, Newcastle’s Alan Pardew was awarded the prestigious LMA Manager of the Year Award.
The award is sponsored by Barclays, and is voted by LMA members, including all the managers from the top four professional leagues in English football.
This is what Alan said on the Newcastle web-site about the award:
“It is an incredible honour to be named Manager of The Year by the League Managers Association.”
“Coming from my fellow managers, this really is as good as it gets, and has to be the highlight of my managerial career so far.”
“This award is not just for me though. Everything we have achieved at Newcastle United this season has been achieved as a result of an incredible team effort.”
“The board, my coaching staff, backroom team, players and our magnificent supporters – they all play a crucial role and I thank every one of them.”
Newcastle finished in 5th place in the Premier League table, which as above expectations, and was better than former top four clubs Chelsea and Liverpool could achieve.
Pardew beat out managers such as Manchester City’s Roberto Mancini, Norwich boss Paul Lambert and the Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers, who were some of the favorites to win the award, along with Alan.
Newcastle have had an amazing season, and it comes after top players like Any Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique all left the club last year, but they have been replaced by some star talent, including Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse.
Newcastle have qualified for the Europa League for the first time since back in 2006, when Glenn Roeder was the manager.
Reading manager Brian McDermott, who is a close friend of Pardew’s, was named as the Championship LMA Manager of the Season, after guiding Reading to top of the Championship, with an amazing surge over the last few months of the season.
The Magpies are expected to improve and expand their squad with at least three new top players in the summer, and they will also bring in a number of top youngsters from across Europe, for their Development squad.
With Newcastle finishing in 5th place on 65 points, that’s 7 places and 19 points better than the previous season , and it means Newcastle will get an additional £5.6M from the Premier League for their position in the league table.
Congratulations to Alan Pardew and all the Newcastle staff and players, for what has been a really memorable season.