One of The Finest Seasons Ever For Newcastle


Maybe Alan Pardew is over-stating it just a little bit,  when he says that the  2011-12 has been one of the finest seasons in Newcastle’s long history.

David Moyes and Alan Pardew yesterday

We have to remind Alan that we have won things before, although yes, the last time was back in 1969, and we’ve also finished higher up in the Premier League table in second, third and fourth places in past seasons.

But given where Newcastle have been over the last few years,  we were only promoted two years ago, back from the abyss of England’s second division, there’s no doubt it’s been an inspiring season for Newcastle United and their fans all around the world.

And of course this season is unique because Alan was rightly voted the Premier League Manager of the Season, and that’s the first time a Newcastle manager has won that award, even though both Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan have managed Newcastle to finish in higher positions in the league.

Whatever Alan does from now on at Newcastle – and we hope it’s to build on a great season and do even better in the years ahead – he will go down in the annals of  Newcastle United for winning that award – and deserves to.

It’s a great honor for Alan, no doubt about that, but it tells you something of the man, when he has dedicated it to everybody at the club who has helped Newcastle complete such a first great season under Alan Pardew’s leadership.

This is what Alan said last night:

“We have made a huge leap this year.” “Even just to compete with these top teams, and to finish above the great teams that we have, the players can be very proud.”  “It is one of the finest seasons at this club.”

“It is one of the finest seasons at this club.” “At 2-0 down we still gave it a right go.”  “Unfortunately it wasn’t enough, but I’m pleased Arsenal and Spurs both won, because it would have hurt more.”

Listening to the BBC Radio Newcastle interview on Friday night, Alan and John come on after about 90 minutes, you get a very warm feeling that Alan Pardew, John Carver, and the powers that be at the club, are not only working very well together and rowing the boat in the same direction, but they know exactly what they are doing.

And there has already been some detailed preparation for the coming summer transfer window, and we should hear quite soon at least a couple of players we will be signing officially on July 1st.

One of them is 22 year-old French Reims central midfielder Romain Amalfitano, and it’s anybody’s guess who the second player is.

Any ideas – and it’s not Lille’s Eden Hazard – he’s far too expensive.

Comments welcome.



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31 comments so far

  • lewytoon

    May 14, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    i think ba will leave

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  • Tsunki

    May 14, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    lewy – I think he might too. But I don’t really care now, strangely. I know I should, but I don’t. Is that wrong?

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  • catchy in norway

    May 14, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    i agree about the kid comment , i dont think he pushed him, he grabbed the ball, still wasnt nice, but he did do the right thing by going and saying sorry

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  • Graeme

    May 14, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4

    As long as the players coming in prove to be as good as those already brought in last year, I cant see any complaints from the fans, that’s for sure!!!

    All in all, it has been an amazing season.

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  • lewytoon

    May 14, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    amafilatiano
    butterfield
    douglas
    debuchy
    pieters
    hoillett

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  • Tsunki

    May 14, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Apparently the lass at the travelodge said Mr Hazard paid £39 for another night AND asked where the nearest launderette was so it looks like he’s planning to stay imo.

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  • lewytoon

    May 14, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #7

    nahh its not wrong 😛 in januray when the clause was discovered i was gutted and foaming, but now he hasnt scored for so long, id think it would be good to have hoillett or something to play lw

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  • redondo77

    May 14, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Ba will definitely leave, AP already confirmed his release clause (it’s a signal to any clubs to come and get him).I hope he leaves, not a good team player.

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  • Toon_Tom

    May 14, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Ba’s body language has been terrible since Papisto joined.

    Ba gave us the goals at the start of the season and was a joy to watch, but like a few of you i honestly wouldnt be surprised or bothered if he left.

    Marveux will do a better job in that wide left (4 3 3) position IMO.

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  • LewSpi

    May 14, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #10

    First time I’ve done this, here we go, the players I’d like to see. I’ll give a rating on how probable I think it is to happen (out of 10).

    Amalfitano 9
    Debuchy 6
    Alderweireld 4 OR Douglas 5
    Martin 4
    Winger? (Left) 6
    Lots of exciting youth 10

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  • lewytoon

    May 14, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #11

    oh yeah!!i’d love to sign martin.

    i think many people won’t be that fussed if ba left, he’s became so greedy recently and i think in many peoples heads theyre resigned to losing him, or even think he’s left already. i for one am thinking he’s leaving so im not as bothered when he does, and if he stays its a pleasnt suprise.

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  • lewytoon

    May 14, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #12

    IN:
    amafilatiano
    butterfield
    douglas
    debuchy
    pieters
    hoillett
    martin

    OUT:
    simpson
    best
    guthrie
    ba

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  • redondo77

    May 14, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #13

    Lewspi

    Winger = Pasquato

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  • catchy in norway

    May 14, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #14

    lewytoon

    id be more than happy with that, also marvauxe will be a new signing

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  • redondo77

    May 14, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #15

    I dunno why people rate Hoilett highly.I just don’t see anything good about him besides his speed.

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  • lewytoon

    May 14, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #16

    or hazard 😉 hahaha

    hazard said he’s playing in blue next season, i wonder if our 3rd strip is blue…. haha

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  • redondo77

    May 14, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #17

    Hoilett = Obertan?

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  • WWJBD

    May 14, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #18

    With Marv back fit now I dont think we will be after another winger unless its a bargain

    We already have HBA, Marv, Obertan, Ba, Ferguson and Sammy who are all in and around the first team

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  • WWJBD

    May 14, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #19

    If Hoilett comes I’d expect him to be played as a striker tbh

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  • Toon_Tom

    May 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #20

    redondo – ive always said that about Hoilett too, would be another Obertan, and we already have one of those. Speed means nothing if you have no end product. Hoilett has got a good shot on him but is very inconsistent.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #21

    Ba has been terrible.
    There is no communication between him and Cisse.
    Ba certainly isn’t working for the team. Taking crazy 40 yard shots instead of passing it.

    I hope he stays and can learn to work with Papiss.
    I’d love to see them both firing on all cylinders.

    Next season should be fun.
    Silly season is upon us.

    Llambias and Ashley love doing deals, they’ll want to sell a couple of players to finance their buying.
    I think two of Tiote, Krul, Cabaye, Ba & Cisse will be sold.
    Plus Simmo.

    Should generate a few quid for another influx of young, hungry talent.

    HWTL

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  • redondo77

    May 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #22

    WWJBD

    Ba is gone, just not official yet. Need 1 or 2 more wingers, how many of them are injuries free this season?

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  • cyprus

    May 14, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #23

    Has this been a Jekyll and Hyde season or what, admittedly not only for us. Look at Tottenham, Man. U., Chelsea, Liverpool, Wigan etc. Barton just epitomises this.
    Now, in order for us to stay where we are, or even improve, we’ll need to get some consistency going, because it can be argued that we’ve been outplayed many a game by teams that finished well below us. The table doesn’t lie and all that, but still: we need more depth in order to rotate much more, when games pile up, things aren’t going as planned, players lose form (e.g. Ba), players run one too many marathons (e.g. Jonas), opponents have figure us out etc. For example, yesterday, Cisse could not pass (did you see his through ball for a great… Everton attack?) or shoot, he could’ve been substituted by, say, Best. We just need a lot more depth… Of course, yesterday, no one played (bar Krul) so it would’ve been hard to rotate!

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  • redondo77

    May 14, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #24

    Toon_Tom

    a lot of people here love Hoilett, they must’ve seen something that we did not.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 14, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #25

    Hoillett is out of contract I believe.
    I guess that makes him more attractive.

    Gervinho, Ruiz and N’Zogbia were last season’s 10M buys and they didn’t set the league on fire.

    As mentioned above we have lots of wingers. Marveaux really looks the business.

    Do we need Hoillett?

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  • LewSpi

    May 14, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #26

    WWJBD

    You’re right, I forgot about Sammy, I expect him to play a big role next season, not so much in the league, but in the cups and Europe maybe. Its his year.

    I don’t know why people would like Pieters though, seems a good enough player but everytime e gets mentioned he’s injured. Can’t be risking another defender who’s always out, we have Stevie Taylor for that.

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  • fungus44

    May 14, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #27

    If Ba does go it won,t be for playing football but like Joese and Carroll ,Barton, Nolan but for money and i don,t think clubs will take a risk with him like we have done ,with his knees

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  • derekm

    May 14, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #28

    Well that’s a fabulous season over – lets examine the factors that have us where we are:
    getting £35 million for AC
    getting rid of barton
    sourcing talent very cheaply
    having a better manager than Hughton
    back room staff and coaches
    fans in tune with the managements plans.
    Now whether you like it or not, this is pretty much all Ashleys doing, after the initial painful learning curve he has applied his business skills to what in the beginning was probably a very expensive ” toy “. Onward and upward.

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  • WWJBD

    May 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #29

    redondo77
    As was Tiote last summer and January by all accounts but he is still here nothing is set in stone. And they might be injury prone but thats our buying strategy I dont see MA blowing more money when he doesnt need to

    LewSpi
    Aye I agree all the young uns should be seeing more playing time.

    On Pieters all his injuries seem to be broken bones from what I have seen maybe he has just been very unlucky this season though I share ur worry about signing him

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  • Munster Mag

    May 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #30

    I’m surprised that people are so keen to let Ba go? Not so long ago, he was the signing of the season? Also, Pardew thought Cisse and him could work well together so he may have got that wrong. Lets not all get too carried away re Cisse. One injury and we’ll have no strikers besides Shola, if we get rid of Ba, which would be crazy IMO.

    Also, can someone advise why the 4-4-2 isnt working? It makes sense, assuming Ben Arfa tracks back. It will also allow Marveaux to play left, and Guti can ocover left wing, midfield or even left back when we are stuck?

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  • Garreth

    May 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #31

    Why do people keep saying they think Krul will leave? I don’t understand why he would. He’s worked so hard to get the number 1 spot and now he’s got it. Plus, I can’t see any of the teams above us wanting him as he wouldn’t go into the first team straight away, and he needs first team football to challenge to be the Dutch first choice!

    I think Ba will leave for around £10m to someone, but other than that and the obvious (Simpson, Guthrie, Smith, Xisco, Lovenkrands) none of our first team players will leave.

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