While all the focus is obviously centred on the battle between the Manchester giants, surely in terms of value for money spent, the team of the year in the Premiership should be Newcastle United.
Great credit has to go to their manager who took the job despite clearly not being the fans’ choice. Indeed, most supporters were totally opposed to Alan Pardew as the new manager because he was seen as a Mike Ashley appointment at a time when relations between the owner and the ‘Toon Army’ were somewhat strained.
Most of the talk in the media has put Newcastle’s success down to the goalscoring of Papisse Cisse and Demba Ba and the artistry of Ben Arfa but that by no means tells the full story.
This is a team that plays with great passion and energy and the fact that no stories about disgruntled players (which used to be the norm at Newcastle) are leaking out, shows that Pardew has built a great team spirit.
In the modern game populated by overpaid ego-driven star, this is no easy task but Pardew has managed it.
The manager has been able to blend his star players with lesser known players like Danny Guthrie, James Perch and Mike Williamson to great effect.
All of that means that Newcastle played their final league game of the season still with a chance of finishing in the top four in the Premiership.
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