Alan Pardew was appointed manager of Newcastle United on December 7th, 2010, after Chris Hughton had been ruthlessly fired by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle United manager
And Alan did reasonably well in that season as we finished 12th top – and the next season we were 5th top and Alan won the Barclay’s Premier League Manager of the Year and the LMA (League Managers Association) Manager of the Year, the first time any Newcastle manager had won either of those awards.
But then last season, when we were in Europe, we were struggling mightily against relegation, and simply couldn’t cope with the extra Europa League games, when we reached the quarter finals of that competition.
Here are some highlights of Alan’s career as the Newcastle manager – so far.
- In Alan’s very first game he came in cold, and had only a couple of days to get the side ready for the home game against Liverpool, after the management change on Tyneside, and he was successful in getting players like Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton immediately on his side, and got his first win – a good 3-1 win at home to Liverpool.
- After Andy Carroll was sold for £35M on the last day of January two years ago, in the first home game after the sale we didn’t turn up in that first half, and were 4-0 down after 26 minutes to Arsenal. But whatever Alan said in the dressing room, Newcastle came storming back to score four goals in the last 26 minutes, culminating in that fantastic equalizer from Cheick Tiote - and Newcastle’s comeback was the greatest ever in the Premier League, and made headlines around the world. We’d love to know exactly what Alan Pardew said at half time in that game.
- In January of last year Newcastle decimated Manchester United at home 3-0, and our lads put in a terrific performance when we were just simply too good for the Red Devils, and it’s one of the best home wins at St. James’ Park, and our players were simply fantastic on the night, and the game plan worked to perfection.
- As Newcastle were in the home stretch a year last May, we played Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in our third last game of the season, and came away with a terrific 2-0 win, which meant we would finish above Chelsea in the league table. And that game was lit up by a magnificent goal from Papiss Cisse, his second of the game, when he hit the ball from the left wing after 90 minutes played, and the ball flew into the back of the net. After the game Papiss had said he was too tired and didn’t try to hold the ball, but simply took a speculative shot – which was one of the goals of the season.
- A few weeks ago we welcomed Chelsea at home and suffered a difficult first half, when Chelsea had most of the game, but in the second half our lads came storming back and outplayed Chelsea and won the game 2-0 for a fantastic win. Again Alan showed he’s a good tactician and the plan was to contain Chelsea in the first half, after we had played in midweek and been taken to extra time by Manchester City in the League Cup – but in the second half we attacked Chelsea and thoroughly deserved another famous win at St. James’ Park.
- And last but not least is the last game at Manchester United on Saturday, which was Alan’s third year anniversary of joining the club. Alan Pardew’s game plan was excellent and simply brilliantly carried out by the players as we won for the first time in 41 years at Old Trafford – a fitting win for Alan Pardew on his third year anniversary leading Newcastle United.
Alan Pardew still has his detractors at Newcastle, as does owner Mike Ashley, and for that matter Director of Football Joe Kinnear.
But hey, all we want to see is Newcastle continuing to be successful, and there’s now little doubt that our squad right now is the best we’ve had since Sir Bobby Robson was managing the club about ten years ago.
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