By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Alan Pardew has saluted Newcastle's "brilliant" supporters - and urged them to renew their season tickets ahead of what promises to be another special season next time around.
United ended their home campaign against Manchester City on Sunday but still have a great deal to play for, with a Champions League place still in their reach as they travel to Everton on the final day.
A sell-out crowd watched that final match on Tyneside and games at the Sports Direct Arena have become the hottest ticket in town the longer the season has gone on. Current season ticket holders have been issued with renewal forms, which must be returned to the club before 31st May in order to guarantee a season for the 2012/13 term.
The Magpies' sterling displays have had the fans flocking but equally, Pardew believes the supporters have played their own major role in helping their club to such dizzy heights.
And the popular manager is hoping that they will continue to back the team by packing out the stadium every week, with European football on the agenda alongside some mouthwatering Barclays Premier League fixtures.
"Our fans are realistic," he told nufcTV. "They know we have come a long, long way this year. The task now is to stay there. The fabric of this club, the history, the tradition it has, we should be at the top of the Premier League all year, every year.
"That's what the job in hand now is for me - to make sure these players come back and put in the same dedication in they did this year. They have got big reputations this year and now they need to fulfil them.
"Our fans have been absolutely brilliant, make no mistake. There is no way we would be in this position if it wasn't for them. We would be seventh, eighth maybe, and we need them back next year.
"We need to give them something to come back for. We put some great entertainment on out there, and I hope they renew their season tickets. If they do that, we've got a great chance next year."