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.