Alan Pardew’s joy at winning LMA award

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NEWCASTLE United’s Alan Pardew labelled his League Managers Association manager of the year award as the highlight of his career in the dugout.

Pardew was last night honoured by his fellow managers at the LMA’s annual dinner.

Pardew – named the Premier League’s manager of the year last week – has told of his pride at the award.

The 50-year-old – who guided the club to a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League – also praised his predecessor, Chris Hughton, in his acceptance speech at Old Billingsgate, London.

Pardew succeeded the popular Hughton, now in charge of Birmingham City, after his dismissal in December 2010.

He thanked Hughton – who guided United out of the Championship at the first attempt – for letting him “inherit winning spirit” at the club.

United won 19 of their 38 league games, and also kept 15 clean sheets, and Newcastle’s attacking brand of football has also won plaudits for Pardew, his staff and the club’s players.

LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson said: “Alan Pardew’s achievements at Newcastle this season are there for all to see.”

“It is an incredible honour to be named manager of the year by the League Managers Association,” said Pardew.

“Coming from my fellow managers, this really is as good as it gets, and has to be the highlight of my managerial career so far.”

The awards were presented by Wilkinson, LMA president and new England manager Roy Hodgson and FA head of elite development Gareth Southgate.