JONAS Gutierrez backed Alan Pardew to be manager of the season after captaining Newcastle United to a remarkable victory over Liverpool.
Pardew’s side won 2-0 at St James’s Park yesterday thanks to Papiss Demba Cisse’s two goals.
The result moved sixth-placed Newcastle 11 points clear of Liverpool in eighth.
The game was forgettable for former United striker Andy Carroll, booked for an early dive and derided as he was substituted, as well Gutierrez’s close friend Jose Enrique, who ended the afternoon in goal after Pepe Reina’s late dimissal.
Pardew’s judgement was questioned when he sold Carroll, while Enrique’s sale split fans.
However, Newcastle haven’t looked back since the striker left the club in January last year, and Enrique’s claim last summer that the club would never challenge for a top-six place under Mike Ashley has proved to be wrong.
Asked if Pardew is a contender for manager of the season, Gutierrez told the Gazette: “He has to be.
“If you look at the results he’s got, and if you think of the expectations before the season started, nobody would have expected Newcastle to be in the top six.
“The fans didn’t even think that here. He’s doing a great job here.
“He was last year as well, but we have to keep doing a good job for him. If he got manager of the year, it will be a proud moment for him and for the players.”
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