By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Alan Pardew has vowed to learn from his mistakes, believing he will be "a better manager" for his experiences in the Newcastle United hot seat during 2012/13.
Despite reaching the Europa League quarter-finals, it took the Magpies until the penultimate game of the campaign to secure their Premier League status for another year, eventually finishing in 16th place.
That disappointed everyone at St. James' Park, not least the manager, who had guided his side to a top-five finish just 12 months previous.
But he is determined to lead Newcastle back to the right end of the table when the new season kicks off.
"I've tried to handle it in a dignified way but I'll definitely be a better manager for it.
"I've tried to speak to fans when I've seen them in the street and give them as good an answer as I can give, but the bottom line is we haven't been good enough.
"The most important thing is that you mature as a manager. You try to be consistent with your message to the players and to the fans, and I've tried to be that.
"It was important that we didn't get carried away when we did well last year and not get carried away this year when things have gone not so well.
"It's about putting mistakes right when you make them, and learning from those mistakes.
"We have made mistakes at every level of this football club, and we now have to react and get the response we need to take it forward and make sure the mistakes are corrected."