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Hunter Davies presents Alan Pardew with special half season award

7 years ago
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The excellent Hunter Davies has handed out his half season awards to deserving cases, with Alan Pardew top of his list.

The respected journalist has congratulated the Newcastle United manager for surviving and becoming the ‘saviour’ of Tyneside….at least for the ‘next half-hour’ according to Davies.

Writing in the New Statesman, Hunter Davies also highlight the contribution of Michael Owen, the Villa fans and Connor Wickham of the mackems.

Still with us

Every back-page clever clogs had Alan Pardew of Newcastle down for the chop just half an hour ago. Now look at him, the saviour of Tyneside. For the next half-hour anyway. And Louis van Gaal, his demise looked imminent. Now Man United could win the League, if their boring but fortunate run of play continues.

Philosophical quote of the season

“I just wonder how many goals he would have scored if he had scored more goals” – Michael Owen, speaking on BT Sport.

Most improved players

Bony of Swansea has done good. Harry Kane of Spurs is trying hard. Connor Wickham of Sunderland shows promising signs of not being a total lump. Bolasie of Palace looks cute.

Striking images

I can still see Mourinho’s lovely smile when Chelsea went two down against Newcastle – a beatific, angelic, rueful smile. But why? They went on to their first defeat of the season. Was he pleased the stress of it all was over?

Worrying image All those gaps in the Aston Villa home crowd. Always a bad sign when fans who have paid for the season don’t bother to turn up, even just to boo.

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