There is no doubt that Alan Pardew has been instrumental in balancing the unsettled ship of Newcatsle United over the past couple of years, and news today is that the Newcastle manager has signed a new eight year deal at the Tyneside club.
Alan has done just great since signing on in December of 2010, and he also sees eye to eye with the owner Mike Ashley and the Managing Director Derek Llambias, and has fully supported Newcastle’s long term strategy to get us back as a major club in England and Europe. In addition, Pardew was named the manager of the 2011-12 season by both the Premier League and League Managers Association.
And the really good news is that his backroom staff of John Carver and Steve Stone also handed new deals.
Newcastle United’s Managing Director Derek Llambias said: “If you look at clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have shown that stability gives you the best platform to achieve success and that is the model we wish to emulate here.”
“We’re looking to build on the success we had last season and these new contracts are aimed at keeping the Club progressing on and off the pitch, as we have done since returning to the Premier League in 2010.”
“Alan has done a fantastic job over the last couple of years and has proved what a great Premier League manager he is. I have total respect for him in all football matters and have an excellent relationship with him which I think benefits the club enormously.”
“Alan also has one of the best backroom teams in the country and I would like to thank John Carver, Steve Stone, and Andy Woodman for all their combined efforts.”
“We hope this announcement will be great news for the fans, whose support and commitment to this club over the years has been fantastic.”
While, at face value, this looks like a great move by Ashley, there are always people providing criticism. Some believe that by giving this incredibly long contract deal to Pardew, it could bring about complacency.
Managers often succeed under pressure, and with the instability that has characterised the last few years at the club, Pardew has certainly had to endure the overhanging possibility of another wildcard decision from Ashley (Hughton sacking in 2010). He has done incredibly well with what he had inherited, but whether that was down to his thriving under the inherent pressure attached to the job, remains to be seen.
Chief Scout Graham Carr was also handed a new eight year deal recently – and we all know Graham is a vital clog in the Newcastle United wheel.
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