It’s All Been Simply Unbelievable At Newcastle


Alan Pardew has been named the Barclays Premier League manager of the month for November, for the second year running, so we have a man who looked odds on to lose his job as Newcastle manager at the beginning of November, after talking only 3 points from the first 6 Premier League games, and after an incredible two months of results – Alan gets his just reward.

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Alan Pardew with a Newcastle legend in the background

A year ago Alan was also the Barclays Premier League manager of the month for November, and we also had the great Tim Krul as the Player of the Month, after he gave one of the best displays of goalkeeping ever seen in the Premier League, when we won at Tottenham 1-0.

In November we won three of four matches but our six game winning streak was broken at West Ham with the 1-0 defeat, but Alan still got the nod after he was also very close to winning the award in October.

This is the third time Alan has picked up the Manager of the Month award,  and of course he also became the first Newcastle manager to win the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Season and the LMA Manager of the Season awards when we finished 5th in 2012.

This award shows just a remarkable turnaround for both Alan Pardew and Newcastle United, and after getting just three draws in our first six league games after the Stoke defeat,  we have played nine league games with 20 points from those games,  by  winning six and drawing two.

And throw in the magnificent 2-0 win at Manchester City, when we played a very young side against the big-ticket City players at their place, and it’s been a truly great time to be a Newcastle United fan.

And we won’t even mention that we ended Chelsea’s unbeaten streak last week at St. James’ Park, when we lost our goalkeeper at half time, went down to 10 men late in the game – and still won 2-1.

And we didn’t even have to bring a cow onto the field either.

If somebody had said this streak of great results would happen after loss at Stoke City, when it was odds-on that Pardew would be fired before the game at Swansea – we would have all asked what they had been smoking.

But that’s what’s happened and even the fans who don’t like Alan Pardew and never will – have to be impressed not only with his record since the end of September, but also the way in which he has handled himself with some dignity during the really tough times when he was abused by the Geordie fans.

As we said,  it’s all simply unbelievable .

Now all Alan has to do is to keep  the good times rolling at Newcastle – and that should be easy enough. 😀

Maybe we can beat Arsenal tomorrow?

Howay The Lads!!

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62 comments so far

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 12, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #1

    What about TORRES on a free?
    Milan want him off the books,so it’d be his wages that’d cost.
    He used to be super hot in front of goal while at Liverpool so he’s still a quality striker but hasn’t happe in several seasons.
    Too much of a risk?

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  • mag92

    Dec 12, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #2

    No, pictures of Keegan, a true Newcastle United, legend as a player/manager.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 12, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #3

    What stands out for me is that wall in the background.

    Alan needs some symmetry. Any suggestions for a pictures that could mirror Sir Bobby?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Marty…I’m going to go with a no. Firstly as I can’t imagine the club paying his wages, secondly as I don’t think he has that cutting edge anymore.

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 12, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #5

    no cutting edge even with a bowie knife

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  • toonicle

    Dec 12, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #6

    If there’s no Gouffran and no willo then and we can beat Arsenal tomorrow.

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  • mag92

    Dec 12, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Keep Anita, on the bench!

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  • mag92

    Dec 12, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #8

    @3 Keegan!

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  • croftus5678

    Dec 12, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #9

    i like torrez but theres no way i’d have him here ! not that he isnt good enough but he’s very greedy and selfish and not what we need.

    perez/arma/cisse and even chucky who has age on his side.
    rivers not cutting it imo goofy’s going backwards and campbell’s about ready for another club so if anything we need a target man to give us a different dimension.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 12, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #10

    I’d love a rational explanation as to how a man who progresses to the point of getting his own website to get rid of him turns things around to getting manager of the month. There isn’t one, is there. Except to say it’s not him that’s the cause of the results, good or bad. Does he just ride the roller coaster of pot luck selection of players and hope for the best? I think that might be it.

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  • mag92

    Dec 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #11

    @10, It’s called a lucky break!

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  • MonkseatonMag

    Dec 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #12

    It’s because he’s had a lot of luck. His favourites are injured so he’s had to play the kids – who are better. He’ll revert to ‘type’ and drop the kids as soon as his favourites recover.

    Hope I’m wrong though.

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  • scout

    Dec 12, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #13

    people talk some bollxxxx on here. Been lucky by playing the young lads wtf. They still have to deliver on the pitch. How many other managers would win this award playing youngsters???

    Give the man the credit he deserves.

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  • scout

    Dec 12, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #14

    torres you’re having a laugh mate.

    Better off with Danny Ings

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  • lesh

    Dec 12, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Ibiza….

    How about this one to give the wall some symmetry?

    http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/p/your-a-very-lucky-man/

    There’s no denying the sentiment.

    And, for what it’s worth, I believe he deserves the MoM award. There’s not many who could’ve taken the flak he’s had and survived, let alone get the lads to play their hearts out to string a great set of results together.

    Just a pity the naysayers and doom-mongers can’t bring themselves to recognise his success of late.

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 12, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #16

    Tsunki

    Sssshhh don’t give away club secrets.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 12, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Mag 92

    So AP has not had the money Wenger has and is on the same points. Who is it we play in the CL next?

    Of couse I forgot that season AP also had the invincibles and didn’t lose a game.

    Of course everyone is thrillled with NUFC’s recent run, especially the emergence of the youngsters, but it is a bit galling to see the likes of 92, Lesh, Munster and others who just a few short weeks ago now were all extremely anti Pardew, suddenly lauding it. Fickle or what…!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 12, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #18

    The Swiss are renowned for good watches.

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  • DokToon

    Dec 12, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #19

    Jail,

    and chocolate, and grea tbanking laws..

    now pards has another trophy to shine up, hen his ego is in disarray..

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  • toonking

    Dec 12, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #20

    tsunki

    it simple really he tells the fans to stop giving players such critism and allow the manager himself to pick the players he wants to.

    this season we have fnially managers to make a team which has got passionate local lads-colback, dummett, saylor and sammy. players with speed-obatan and arrons. players that play in the correct position- obatan(winger), arrons (winger) and finally we have got almost a full team with decent XP instead of lots of newbies.

    it’s simple
    obatan as RW (instead of a striker) arrons as LW (instead of a striker) players we know play for the club rather than players who just play to get the move.

    nearly all of the players which have been the best ones so far are players nobody including myself would have wanted anywhere near the first team, obatan, arrons, abeid, saylor, perez, dummett and sammy, each and every one of these players were considered no use at all for us and nobody wanted them anywhere near the team but they have done great work for us and i believe we should be happy to have seen pardew take the risk considering how much abuse we give him when using them.

    i always say to people if our team can do great football and is still a top 6 team then it’s absulute nonsense for these people to blame ashley because he is the one who gets the players not pardew, pardew is the one who uses them, so either ashley doesn’t build the team or ashley gives the club so much and pardew simply wastes the talent.

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #21

    What’s all this with Pardew saying Cabella isn’t ready for EPL.

    Another confidence boost for the player by the manager, does this mean our top buy is useless and a waste?

    The transfer window in the summer just looks pointless except Colback Janmatt and Perez, the scouting doesn’t really look that great. Ferreya??? Rivierre hasnt shown much nor Cabella and we could have waited until Jan for DeJong.

    I stil don’t think much had changed the teams back to defending for it’s life and scoring on the break, same as 5th place season. I said it wouldn’t work long term then and I think the same now, this purple patch won’t last and we’ll go back to scraping points here and there.

    I don’t think the squad is as good as a lot make out, out of 11 injured players only 3 would be considered starters. The performances of the kids has been extremely lucky and anyone claiming it was part of the master plan probably beleives in Santa Claus.

    I’m very happy with performances and results over past couple months as in four years I’ve come to realise there’s a good chance we could be in trouble again soon enough, so enjoy it while you can.

    We’ve been up this hill a few times and come down it a hell of a lot quicker I’m still not convinced a corners been turned rember though I’m negative not a realist.

    I love the, you have to give Pardew credit for last few months but the first 7 when he had more players to choose from wasn’t his fault.

    Any time I start to feel we’ve turned a corner I think “only fools rush in”
    So if someone says I’m a doom monger or nay sayer I’d say their naive and foolish. A run of ten games doesn’t wipe away memories of the horror shows we’ve seen over last four years.

    If nobody minds I’ll wait until end of season before I decide we’ve turned a corner and things have changed, until then I’ll keep my beady critical eye on proceedings.

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 12, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #22

    Jail for Ashley

    And no bribery laws.

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  • mag92

    Dec 12, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #23

    @17, who do Arsenal, play in the Quater final of the League cup?

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  • beermonkey

    Dec 12, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #24

    PRIME

    watch what you say about santa kids read this blog
    after all you would wanna ruin xmas for mag92 and welsh would you

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 12, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #25

    Beer

    Hahahahahaga,

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  • mag92

    Dec 12, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Newcastle United, to win 2-1!

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  • mag92

    Dec 12, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #27

    @24, I remember you once posted something relevant.

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  • beermonkey

    Dec 12, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #28

    mag92

    still more than you

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 12, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #29

    @27

    Unlike yourself

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  • mag92

    Dec 12, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #30

    @21, You’ll be needing a kip after those ten paragraphs.

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 12, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #31

    I’m surprised he hasn’t dedicated his award to Ashley !

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  • mag92

    Dec 12, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Keep telling yourself that and old beady eye, will provide the interjections!

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 12, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #33

    A kip?

    I nearly fainted when you said paragraph, I didn’t realise you knew what they are.

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  • dexter53

    Dec 12, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #34

    Would seriously consider Podolski. 15 mill for a crackin striker who would welcome regular games.

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  • jimmysmith

    Dec 12, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #35

    “………….scored two headed goals and did not so much outmuscle as traumatise the Swansea defence, appearing in the middle of those scattered white shirts as though catapulted in from some unforeseeable angle, like an Action Man hurled into the middle of a dolls’ tea party, boots popping off, legs flailing, grippy hands bringing down the lampshade, scattering the crockery.”

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 12, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #36

    Fair enough on King Percy getting the award it also reflects on th team.
    I noted in the photo above the non accidential framing of SBR in the photo. This is a PR/Photographic “trick” whose purpose is to suggest that the subject is associated with the qualities/fame etc etc of the person in the photo.
    King Percy you are no Sir Bobby Robson.

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  • jimmysmith

    Dec 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #37

    Actually, the whole article is worth a read.

    http://gu.com/p/4463v/sbl

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 12, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Mister Tuff

    That isn’t Pardews desk!

    There’s not a crayon to be seen.

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 12, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Hang on, is that a box of crayola bottom right of pic?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 12, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #40

    op – you’ve done it now – the normal prile of trolls will be after you shortly and more will pile in after they come out of hiding.

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