Sir Bobby 6, Keegan 5, Pardew 1?
I don’t think it will surprise many people if I claim that Sir Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan are the two greatest managers in Newcastle United’s modern era.
If you take only the Premier League era, it becomes apparent just how big a gap there is between those two and the rest.
When it comes to the Premier League manager of the month awards, how many different Newcastle managers do you think have won the award?
Sir Bobby Robson
Yes, in over twenty years of the Premier League only two of our managers have strung enough decent matches together in the same calendar month to lift the prize. Not one in the last ten years!
I hear some of you shout, what about Alan Pardew’s manager of the year award in 2011/12? In Alan Pardew’s defence he clearly deserved something during that season but bizarrely he didn’t win a single monthly award, no doubt due to the way his better results landed that season. Even more bizarrely, that same season Martin O’Neill DID win one of the monthly awards when he was at Sunderland.
However, this ten year run could be seeing the end of the tunnel at long last. Alan Pardew has kicked off November with wins over both Chelsea and Spurs, if his team go on to win two ‘winnable’ looking home matches against Norwich and West Brom, then surely it will be a no-brainer for the panel. Even a win and a draw would be likely to see him given the accolade.
Looking back at all those awards KK and Sir Bobby won, is both uplifting and depressing at the same time. Reminding us of how many great times we had under the two of them but also bringing back nightmares of the dross served up by Allardyce, Souness, Dalglish and others.
Alan Pardew could well join our two stellar managers with his name up in lights if his players follow up in these two games.
Maybe that first monthly award would sum up just exactly where Alan Pardew ranks as a Newcastle manager; he may be no Sir Bobby Robson or Kevin Keegan but he is still a level above most of the chancers we’ve had, though in truth that wouldn’t be too difficult.
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