Taking stock of this (abysmal) season, i think that this was evitable as soon as Curbs resigned. Having been his club for 15 years and then to get the likes of Dowie as our new manager was never going to work. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but three major points in this season have to be:
Hiring then firing Dowie. The man was a waste of resources and having blown next years transfer budget on average at best players as well hasnt helped at all. This may be why Darren Bent leaves as well as there is no money in the kitty
Hiring Pardew. Much better manager than either Reed or Dowie despite all the scandal about Tevez etc. Really thought we could put it off until...
Not beating Sheffield United. We were all over them, 2 points above relegation zone and had lots of chances but not capitalising was fatal.
Player of the season: Gotta be Darren Manager of the season (you know its gone well where you can have a choice of more than 2): Alan Pardew