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.
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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