Should Alan Pardew have won the Manager of the Month award?

Credit where it's due?
Alan Pardew is doing a decent job in terms of getting results at Newcastle at the moment.

While I’m always sceptical of giving praise like that in a matchday I think, slowly, Pardew is starting to win round a lot of people thanks to the results on the pitch.

NUFC currently sit in 4th place in the Premier league table ahead of the match against Wolves later. Depending on the result of the Everton v Liverpool lunchtime match we could find ourselves still occupying that 4th spot in the table, even should we suffer defeat. Surely that deserves some credit?

I don’t mean credit amongst our own fans as I think the vast majority have been pleasantly surprised with how we’ve started the season. What I mean is a bit of credit from the outside, perhaps in the form of the Manager of the Month award?

That honour went to Harry Redknapp, but a quick look at the Premier League table has left me wondering just why that decision was made, especially when it was Alan Pardew who won the vote.


I suppose based purely on results Redknapp warrants it. His Tottenham team played three and won three in the month of September while Newcastle won one and drew two of their three matches from the month.

However a look at the table tells a different story. Put bluntly we are exceeding expectations so far and I feel that deserves to be rewarded. The top three are expected to be there and have spent a fortune to be at the top of the league. They are doing as they say on the tin.

Then there is an upset, a blot, a smear on the media fancied top four, and that smear is us. The very same people who tipped us to struggle now fail to recognise that, well, we aren’t. Yes it’s early days, but given the relative resources I’d say that there is a strong argument for Alan Pardew receiving some recognition.

Where are Tottenham again? Where were they expected to be?

Once again I see we are tipped to lose by just about everyone in the media this weekend. It’s almost as though they are waiting for us to trip so they can preach about how right they were all along. Sadly, I’ve noticed that same trait from some of our own fans. Each to their own though eh?

In a way today will tell us a lot about this team. Can we go to a tough place and get a result? Can we play positively? The signs are good, but it’s still early days. Credit where credit is due though. Up until the end of September all of the questions asked were answered.

And for that credit should be due to the players, and the manager.

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47 thoughts on “Should Alan Pardew have won the Manager of the Month award?

  1. I can understand this tbh, we’ve had two surprisingly consistent months rather than one outstanding one, and that’s what the award is for.
    As for the general media and pundit opinion, I’m quite happy for us to fly under the radar without expectations

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  2. I see what you’re saying but we’re 4th because of results in August and september and this MoM award is just for September therefore it should be awarded to the manager with the best results in this month.

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  3. gotta agree with dubtoon. I am happy to fly under the radar. Think it can be used to spurr the players that we dont really get recognition for our 4th place. They can keep all their fancy little monthly trophies and thier predictions of us loosing, yeah thats right merson you little *****, and stick em where the sun dont shine.

    We are the geordies!!!!!!!!!!!! Howay the lads

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  4. Richie 14 -17th is of no importance to us so why worry 😆 ,
    But I do agree about the motm award we can only go by this month, and anyway it would be very unlikely that we would win owt

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  5. Toonsy I love the “Everybody hates us” rhetoric,I agree with you and it’s the one thing that will unite almost everyone on this blog.Unfortunately the blog could then become as boring as some of the other blogs. 😀

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  6. Peter Harrison will destroy Sack faces reputation once and for all soon enough. We all know it in our hearts that he is probably a crook and he is currently being exposed.

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  7. he should have got the award !! look at the talent in abundance at the top 3 they have squads worth the same as the Toon squad 4 or 5 times over and we are 1 pt behind chelsea … we are top of the rest an we were tipped to be in a dog fight from the start .. !!
    Fuck the FA the just look after their best friend Alex Ferguson … i recall blackpool and wolves getting fined for making to many changes to there starting 11 and losing but Man Utd were allowed do it
    Pardew is doing brilliant on a shoe string budget he is a credit to him self and the Toon fans need to start cutting him some slack …. Cabaye and Tiote are immense in the centre together long may it continue

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  8. CH won manger month award last season because he drew with chelsea an beat Arsenal in the same month we were thumped by Bolton

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  9. I think the media are just ignoring us at the moment, like rabbits in the headlights. I mean, to be honest they’re probably just as confused as I am regarding our lofty heights. I’m no doom monger, but I’ve grown used to the inconsistency displayed in a black and white shirt over the last 15 years or so, and am currently very pleasantly surprised and happy to see the team starting to play as a unit, at last.

    I’d say give us another 4 or 5 games, and if we’re still up there the media will start taking notice of us again, but for good reasons. You never know, we could end up being everyone’s 2nd favourite team again soon! 😯

    HOWAY THE LADS!

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  10. No he shouldn’t have won it. It’s results from that month. If the award for – manager who has achieved an unlikely, high position over the course of 2 months – then he should have won it, but it wasn’t.

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  11. Rodwell sent off for Everton for something that wasn’t a foul by the same ref who didn’t give a free kick for DeJong tackle on HBA.Amazing

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  12. Dave, I hardly ever see Batty on the blog these days. He’ll pop up every now and again with a link or something then disappear. Doesn’t seem his old self.

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  13. Mick G. Excellent, sorry for wanting Liverpool to win but I have a tenner double on them and us at 13/2. Anyway, I’m gona disappear, watching the match at 8pm and divnt want the scores given away. Later…….

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  14. alreet TGS, not bad mate thanks, although the budgies need a trim. I’m off anyway, catch thee later………

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  15. Rod your right there seems to be something up with him 😕
    Toonsy maybe they are going to wait and give him the manager of the season award, just before he takes over the England job 😆
    TGS hows it going mate havn’t seen much of ye

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  16. Dave – Just been speaking to Batty. He seems fine 🙂

    Moreno – That’s why I just don’t watch it anymore.

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  17. They asked him if Newcastle were punching above their weight and lucky to be in fourth and he just went “No” totally bluntly.

    Gave credit to Pards, new signings and Demba Ba.

    They spoke to him for about 45 seconds then went to Steve Kean. That seems like all the mention we are getting…about 45 seconds.

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  18. Valle,

    Nowt mate, just brief praise from Dowie. Reckon there’s more to come as they got a live interview with Steve Kean. Ah, here they are back on us…

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  19. Big Dave,
    I am good mate, enjoying a Saturday off prior to going for a pint at 6pm with the auld fella. Watching the Mersey derby before going out on me bike for a bit of exercise, can’t listen to the match as I get too anxious.

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  20. To bad Liverpool won, that ref seems like a knob… Wonder how the two moneybag clubs get so much from him, they must have bought him i reckon 😉

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