LOOK BACK 16/17

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With the FA Cup final upon us this weekend the end of the football season proper is finally upon us.  With that in mind we asked some of the writers at true faith their thoughts on the season just gone from a Newcastle United and Premier League perspective (since we’re going back up).  

Any thoughts on what our collection of writers have said, as always we want to know in the comments section below….

 

Michael Martin: @tfeditor1892

Manager of the season bar Rafa:

Chris Hughton – always carries himself with grace and dignity. Typically classy even when we pipped Brighton for the title. I thought Brighton were strong all season and that has to be down to their manager.

Player of the season:

Matt Ritchie for me. Full of energy and ran all game every game. Our most creative player and absolutely vital for our cause. Has a little bit of the devil in him as well which I like. Stayed tough even when Championship grocks attempted to kick him off the park. Good song as well. What more can you ask?

Game of the season:

I’d have to say Norwich at home which told us something about the spirit of the team. Kept going, made and took their chances and I think switched on something between the players, manager and supporters.

Gripe of the season:

The hero worship for Mitrovich for some quarters I find absolutely baffling given he’s done very, very little to earn it and placed alongside the relentless criticism for a hard-working player like Dummett who always gives 100% and is a complete professional says that maybe for a section of our support a bit of gurning, fist-pumping and badge kissing is all you need to do to curry favour. Of course the refereeing was absolutely abysmal and almost cost us the title.

Disappointment of the season:

A bit of booing, a lot of sighing, too much fucking off with time left to play (some even did it and missed the final day joys), social media goons picking “their teams” imagining they know better than Rafa. Faintly ridiculous. Of course our own stealing some of the Gallowgate Flags – which happened after the last game of the season as well (we have photos so be warned) took the edge off.

 

PREMIER LEAGUE

 

Manager of the season:

Klopp – I like his enthusiasm and demeanour. He’s done well to get Liverpool into that position and upset the apple cart with Arsenal and Man Utd not in the top four. Some quite likeable managers in the PL bar Mourinho, Pulis, Pardew and Allardyce. Conte is a good egg it seems but howay man, that wig …

Player of the season:

Delle Ali – I like watching that lad play and in that team he plays for. Good player.

Game of the season:

I thoroughly enjoyed every game Sunderland lost and there were plenty.

Gripe of the season:

Where is the media condemnation for the utter bellend, smacked-arse behaviour of Arsenal fans who I believe have created an atmosphere around that club which has cost them CL football. Its been said a million times before but imagine if that was us?

Disappointment of the season:

I’d have liked Palace to get relegated. Simply to end Allardyce’s career with the signature failure he deserved

 

 

Norman Riley: @likethegoat

Manager of the season bar Rafa:

Nigel Clough – keeping a team up that’s record signing is £55K and that gets attendances of 6000 is pretty spectacular.

Player of the season:

Ciaran Clark – I was thrown when we signed him and thought he must have been bought to act as a cover for Hanley/Lascelles/Mbemba and as a possible 2nd/3rd choice left-back. However, he became a vital part of the team and is clearly rated by Rafa. We looked better at the back with him in the side. Plus – Villa fan meltdown when he left them for us 😊

Game of the season:

Leeds away 2-0 – Sky wanted us to lose. Every ball bag pundit predicted we would lose. Garry Monk was talking shit and simultaneously receiving a rimming from the media whilst blowing his own penis. Leeds first sell-out in years…..Rafa gave them a total managerial masterclass.

Gripe of the season:

The referring was utterly abysmal. I don’t recall 1 decent refereeing performance. Additionally, on any televised matches I always got the impression that it was the ref’s 15 minutes of fame and he was ‘performing’ for the cameras.

Disappointment of the season:

Expectations from sections of the support – incredulous that we weren’t tanking everyone and whinging even after victories. Some perspective would’ve been useful.

PREMIER LEAGUE

 

Manager of the season:

Paul Clement – Swansea were below Sunderland and Hull when he took over and were utterly miserable due to Bradley’s shocking management. Clement keeping them up was a brilliant achievement. Absolutely pragmatic approach to getting the team functioning and never lost his cool. No particular love for him as he does come across as a bit of a Life Coach but he did very well.

Player of the season:

N’golo Kante – quite clear now that he was doing the jobs of 3 players at Leicester. His positional sense, work-rate, tackling ability and discipline are a joy to behold. 2 consecutive title winners have been made to tick by this kid. He is superb.

Game of the season:

Leicester 4-2 Man City – acted as what I thought would’ve been a wake-up call for Guardiola. Leicester were in poor form at the time and City had started the season very well. Fast-paced counter-attacking football wiped the floor with the Guardiola style of play and for me highlighted why the Premier League, despite the fanfare and soccer AM horseshit, is still more entertaining in general than any of the other big leagues.

Gripe of the season:

This is more a general gripe with the PL and the money involved. You’ve pretty much got 10-12 teams whose only concern is staying in the PL. West Brom finishing in the top 10 on 45 points and stopping even attempting to win once they hit that target is so utterly demoralising for the fans and in all honesty it’s pretty shameful.

Disappointment of the season:

SAFC breaking the 20 points barrier.

 

Simon Campbell: @SimonCambell11

Manager of the season bar Rafa:

Wagner – only one who hasn’t underachieved.

Player of the season:

Matt Ritchie – Made such a huge contribution, especially

Game of the season:

Barnsley – 10 of the best minutes at SJP since Arsenal 4-4.

Gripe of the season:

Morons booing at matches. We won the league, broke records, won loads of games. “Boooo”

Disappointment of the season:

Leeds’ guaranteed Automatic promotion failing to materialise.

PREMIER LEAGUE

Manager of the season:

 

Player of the season:

Conté – Chelsea were awful last season. Have won the league this year whilst being good to watch.

Game of the season:

Kane – 75 PL goals in 3 seasons (29 this year). That’s frighteningly good form. He genuinely has the ability to catch Shearer.

Gripe of the season:

Swansea 5-4 Palace – LORENTEEEE

Disappointment of the season:

Three Northern teams relegated – Our nearest away fixture next season is Burnley…

 

Tom Cuthbert: @Tommyc2893

Manager of the season bar Rafa:

David Wagner. As much as I hate giving this award to him. He’s done fantastic with Huddersfield this season and may still make it into the Prem. The budget Jurgen Klopp should be very proud indeed of his team’s achievements this season

Player of the season:

Matt Ritchie. He gives Newcastle his all and is so passionate about success. His performances this season have been a joy to watch and his goals have been too. Let’s hope he pushes on into the Premier league.
Game of the season:

Newcastle United 4-3 Norwich City. This game was the most nerve wrecking game in a long time. At 3-1 down it almost seemed like it was already running away from us. The fightback was outstanding and to all the loyal fans that stayed until the end, they were rewarded with a fantastic win to kick us on.

Gripe of the season:

Standard of officiating. The mistakes made this season in the second division were outrageous, red cards, misapplied rules and what seemed to be a conspiracy against NUFC. FOUR officials got a decision wrong that took almost 5 minutes to be applied regarding Ritchie’s penalty. That is insanity at this level of football.
Disappointment of the season:

Jesus Gamez – A personal one for me, with having family in Malaga and Friends in Madrid, I’ve followed Gamez at both teams. He is a top player with the CV to prove and was a fantastic Leader at La Rosaleda. He was never given a substantial chance here and it was a shame he wasn’t able to apply his talent this season.

PREMIER LEAGUE

Manager of the season: 

Antonio Conte. The bloke came into a foreign league and won it the first time of asking. An extremely passionate man that will take Chelsea to further glory in my opinion

Player of the season: 

For me it’s N’golo Kante, You could argue Leicester wouldn’t have fallen so far if he was still in the middle for them. He’s won back to back titles now at separate clubs and has really showed his talent at Chelsea. A player any centre half would love to see in front of them.

Game of the season: 

Chelsea 4-0 Man Utd. One of the stand out games for Kante, and Chelsea, was this 4-0 thrashing of Man Utd on Jose Mourinho’s return to the bridge. A real treat for neutral fans

Gripe of the season:

Teams being so invested in the premier league that they treat the FA cup as a dead trophy.

Disappointment of the season:

Pep Guardiola. The bloke has managed 2 of the best teams in the world and thought he could walk into City and tear the Prem up. Anyone and their nana could manage Bayern and Barcelona, and he’s regarded as a world class manager.

 

Richie Smith: @richysmith100

Manager of the season bar Rafa:

Chris Hughton – Has gently built Brighton up to perform consistently season on season and got over their disappointment of last season to get automatic promotion this year. Done so on a limited transfer budget too.

Player of the season:

Matt Ritchie – Ultimately a consistent in our team throughout the season. Scored, assisted, grafted….pulled us over the line.

Game of the season:

Brighton (away) – Never celebrated so much at a game before. The jubilation of feeling we weren’t going to get anything out of the game to snatching it at the end due to some pure managerial genius from Rafa. Felt like that was the moment we were really going to get automatic promotion.

Gripe of the season:

Referees but specifically Keith Stroud v Burton. Still to this day I feel there was something more to that than just a balls up. He made a decision which didn’t exist in the rules and a decision which he has likely made the right call for numerous times in his 20+ year career as a ref. Why make such an alternative decision this time round and why did his assistants support him on it in the match? Absolutely stank of something rotten and nearly cost us 3 points at a crucial stage of the season.

Disappointment of the season:

Ashley not backing Rafa in January – nearly de-railed our entire season and planted an unnecessary seed of doubt about Rafa’s future which didn’t need to happen. True Ashley form of course…

 

PREMIER LEAGUE

Manager of the season: 

First season in the Prem and Champions after a fairly miserable season before. Won the league at an absolute canter with a blend of great defence and attack and without making wholesale changes to the squad. Introduction of Victor Moses as wingback and as a constant throughout was a masterstroke.

Player of the season: 

Well and truly diminished the doubters of being a one season wonder, by doing it for 3 seasons in a row. One of the best strikers in the world right now and probably doesn’t receive that level of praise where its deserved. Has it all and will go on to become one of the leagues highest ever scorers.

Game of the season: 

Sunderland 0 – 1 Bournemouth – The match which finally flushed the stubborn floating turd of the Premier League through the U-Bend and into the sewage. Was on my birthday too.

Gripe of the season:

Hearing British media love childs Allardyce and Pulis both being arse licked for their amazing achievements this year. Pulis literally earning 4 points more than relegation survivalists Swansea but had a FANTASTIC season. Allardyce for finishing one place higher than when he took over Palace after spunking a load of £ in January. Another great achievement for the world class manager who ‘keeps teams up’. Oh – and everyones forgotten that he was binned from the England job too for being a dodgy twat.

Disappointment of the season:

Seeing so many Sunderland fans turn against Moyes. The bloke doesn’t deserve it. A 15% win ratio with that shower of shite is nothing short of miraculous and he once did a good job with Everton, so cut him some slack.

 

Michael Carling: @mmmiiiccckkkyyy

 

Manager of the season bar Rafa:

As much as I dislike him it has to be David Wagner

Player of the season:

Gayle – how can it not be him when he scored 22 and played 50.7% of the season. Class act and will cut it in the prem.

Game of the season:

Newcastle 4 Norwich 3 – never seen a turnaround so late in a game

Gripe of the season:

Shambolic refereeing for the entire season – has to be forest away really.   If it wasn’t for Brighton bottling it last three games those the ref in that game would have cost us the title.

Disappointment of the season:

Our own fans booing players/getting on their backs.

 

PREMIER LEAGUE

Manager of the season: 

Conte – obvious candidate but I especially love his deployment of 3-4-3 and how he has revitalised moses career/changed azpilicueta. Use of and transformation of players, change of system to be so effective both in such a short space of time is nothing short of remarkable.

Player of the season: 

Kante – can’t really look past him. He is what Chelsea are built on and his energy and work rate are second to none. Has also developed his ball playing ability since signing for Chelsea. And some people said he should have stayed at Leicester.

Game of the season: 

Swansea 5 Palace 4 for mentalness and palace losing last minute.

Gripe of the season:

Arsenal fans – it’s so bad being an arsenal fan and wenger is the worst manager ever. Most deluded and fickle set of fans in history. Summed up by 20k empty seats the other week. Not real fans. Customers.

Disappointment of the season:

Arsenal fans – it’s so bad being an arsenal fan and wenger is the worst manager ever. Most deluded and fickle set of fans in history. Summed up by 20k empty seats the other week. Not real fans. Customers.

Not having the absolute perfect season with Palace escaping relegation. If it had been them down with mackems and boro, us promoted as champions (in the perfect manner shutting up to media who were already celebrating us not winning title) then palace down last day it would have been perfect.

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