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Newcastle United end of 2020/21 season awards

2 months ago
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Welcome to the end of season 2020/21 Newcastle United awards.

Awards voted for by nobody.

Instead, my decision was final in these socially distanced best and worst of the past year.

Player of the year

Callum Wilson (With 12 goals and five assists, an excellent debut NUFC season, especially with such negative Steve Bruce tactics for 90% of the season)

Goalscorer of the year

Callum Wilson and Joe Willock (Callum top scored with 12 PL goals but Joe deserves to share the award after scoring eight from only 11 PL starts and three sub appearances)

Manager of the year

Graeme Jones (Took over on 27 January 2021 with Newcastle having lost nine and drawn two of their last eleven matches under Steve Bruce, Graeme Jones then led NUFC to safety with seven wins, five draws and only six defeats in his eighteen games in charge)

Best Performance of the season

Leicester 2 Newcastle 4 (Low possession but high threat when had the ball)

Worst performance of the season

A lot of contenders but Newcastle 0 Brighton 3 edges out Sheffield United 1 Newcastle 0 and Brentford 1 Newcastle 0.

Funniest moment

Replying to questions from reporters about Newcastle fans wanting him out, including a local newspaper poll where 95% voted for him to go, Steve Bruce insisted they were a small unrepresentative minority of keyboard warriors. That in actual fact the overwhelming majority thought he was doing a great job and as proof of that, he’d just that morning received yet more sackfuls of fanmail through the post.

Worst excuse

The NUFC Head Coach with more excuses than I used to have for not doing my homework as a kid…

However, the winner is – After 18 months in the job, Steve Bruce blamed the players for the defeat at Sheffield United. After the game he said that they had forced him to use negative tactics and team selection and from now on he would be doing things ‘his way’…Newcastle lost their next three matches scoring only once and conceding seven and scoring only one, until Graeme Jones came in and did things ‘his way’, starting with the win at Everton in his first match in charge.

Best atmosphere

Newcastle 1 Sheff Utd 0 with 10,000 fans in attendance.

Worst atmosphere

The other 42 matches with no NUFC fans in attendance.

Most uplifting thing this season

Allan Saint-Maximin on Twitter, what a star.

Most depressing thing this season

Joint winners, Mike Ashley ongoing ownership and Steve Bruce’s management / tactics and press conference.

Goal of the season

Allan Saint-Maximin solo effort at Burnley, set up Murphy for the equaliser then minutes later ran from the halfway line before scoring to win the match.

Worst team set-up / tactics

A considerable list to sort through here but a clear winner in the end for Steve Bruce.

Sheffield United on a run of eighteen Premier League defeats and two draws in their last twenty Premier League games, yet Brucey played a back five and three defensive midfielders in the 1-0 defeat.

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