In the lead up to Saturday’s match at Wigan, Roberto Martinez has been bigging up Newcastle United.

A manager with meagre resources but who likes his teams to play football, the likeable Martinez knows his side are in for a tough challenge but it is a game that could be a cracker with both clubs looking to play.

As well as talking about this crucial match for both teams, Martinez revealed that he believed the title of ‘team of the year’ should go to either Newcastle United or whoever wins the league. You can’t say fairer than that!

Talking about Alan Pardew’s team, Martinez also said: “We know Newcastle United are an outstanding football team and whatever happens it has been an incredible season for them”.

In an intriguing season right throughout the Premier League season there had been talk of Brendan Rodgers or Paul Lambert possibly deserving the title but with Newcastle currently nineteen points ahead of the two promoted clubs who are in mid-table, I find it a rather dubious argument now.

Rising above the relegation zone is commendable for both teams but for anybody making the leap into possible Champions League qualification with all the financial advantage the elite few have, would be quite remarkable.

16 comments
Phildene
Phildene

Sams article is exactly what we've been saying. We could be quite surprised at the improvement of a lot of the players in fitness and playing now there's quality coaching here. McClaren and his staff will put the confidence back into the players who have lost theirs through being 'Pardewed'. The players may also improve on set pieces, there again they couldn't be any worse!

Hopefully we'll see a team who enjoy playing and start winning matches next season.

Andgeo
Andgeo

He is gonna have to because there is no money for new signings!!

Steve1221
Steve1221

Marveaux, Gouffran and Riviere's failing have nothing to do with Pardew, they're simply bargain basement players who arent good enough for the Premier League.

Kazie23
Kazie23

Spot on and we need to sell them along with Anita,Colocini,Oberton and Williamson

JohnyH
JohnyH

the whole squad suffered under the Pardew and Carver 'coaching' regime, but particularly players who showed the potential to improve; Marveaux, Mbyia, HBA, Santon, to name a few. They could have knocked the life out of Messi they were that bad.

The irony is those that are still at the club will now be held up as the reason why we only need to bring in a few squad players.

Steve1221
Steve1221

Didn't seem that way with Cabaye, Ba, Remy, Debuchy, Sissoko. The success stories are sold and the failures are blamed on poor coaching but our success ratio was no worse than the likes of Ferguson or Wenger under Pardew.

TrevReav
TrevReav

That's the right attitude - let them prove themselves afresh. Even Gouffran had spurts of skill here and there and I think he *could* have the makings of a decent player if brought along the correct way.

Andgeo
Andgeo

Nar, gouffran is definitely cr@p! Always has been always will be, just like Williamson and oberthing. The three of them should have been released on free's.total insult having them at the club.

magpie9
magpie9

Just wait a couple of days & we will get McLarens first sanctioned statement which will say Marveaux is like a new signing. One more example of fatty changing his ways?

Rowla
Rowla

Don't know if it's a subconscious attempt to cheer myself (as, like Peter, I just don't see much coming in terms of quality) but I've been saying this for a while. Good coaching goes a long, long way in football, especially when it comes to organising a defence.
Nothing can hide our need for a big striker though. 

Duke Fame
Duke Fame

I was never in the 'Pardew Out' club but Marveaux and HBA were two players with bags of quality but seemed to be out of favour with Pardew.  


I'm not sure he has been at the training ground yet but would be interesting if he gets another chance. 

Phildene
Phildene

As was Mibiwa. Another class player whom Pardew couldn't handle as his man management was non-existent! Pardews training at the training ground was appalling and without any discipline, so we're finding out now.

beijingbrit
beijingbrit

I would love to see Riviere come good as he seems like an honest player, just not sure he's up to the required standard to be honest. 
Marveaux is a good player, and hopefully he will thrive under McClaren.
The coaching set up certianly seems more impressive now. Let's hope some fringe players can learn from the new set-up and reignite their careers here. Abeid, Anita, Armstrong (to an extent), Haidara etc.

Hez
Hez

Another article about Pardew on the The Mag website, how boring....

Peter Lamb
Peter Lamb

He has no choice.We won't be buying much if any.