When Alan Pardew won the LMA Manager of the Year award he took both John Carver and Steve Stone to London for the award dinner.
Steven Stone, John Carver and Alan Pardew on the sidelines
Cheer up lads!
We’re not sure if Alan knew if he had won the award before the dinner, but he was already the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Season, and must have thought he had a decent chance of winning.
But it was good that he took along his two top coaches with him, and of course both John and Steve are local lads, which is one reason the coaching staff seems to be doing so well, and has a pulse on what’s going on with the faithful Newcastle fan base.
The award is voted by LMA members, including all managers from the four football leagues in England.
And with Newcastle finishing in an astonishing 5th place in the Premier League table, and into the Europa League for the first time since 2006, things are indeed looking up for Newcastle these days – there’s absolutely no doubt about that.
John Carver talked about the award dinner:
“It was great, Stoney and I weren’t going to go, and Alan said come along.” “We went down and had a great night.”
“To get that award from all the managers is some achievement when you think about it.” “When you get an award from your peers, it’s some achievement.”
“There were a lot of other contenders, and it just shows you what type of year we’ve had, and the fact he did praise everybody shows what type of person he is.”
“It was fitting that he praised everybody, as there’s been a lot of hard work behind the scenes.”
“I was delighted for him – there were a lot of people who came across and gave their congratulations.”
The awards were held on Monday night, May 14th at the League Managers Association 20th Annual Awards Dinner, at the historic Old Billingsgate in London.
And we see that in a number of blogs – not Newcastle blogs we may add – Newcastle are being touted as the team of the season, for the way in which they have surged back to be one of the top English sides once again.
We have to hope we continue on the upward track next season, and do even better – maybe top four?