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Pardew's 2020 vision
ALAN PARDEW’S remarkable time on Tyneside continued yesterday when the Newcastle United manager agreed a staggering eight-year contract with the club.
Three months after chief scout Graham Carr penned a similar deal, Pardew, his assistant, John Carver, coach Steve Stone and goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman all signed deals up to the end of the 2019-20 season.
The surprise announcement is a further demonstration of the faith Ashley has in his current manager.
Since taking over from Hughton in December 2010, Pardew has successfully kept Newcastle in the Premier League, secured a fifth place finish and a return to European football.
The success story has been built on solid foundations and an acceptance that the days of over-spending on players in the latter stages of their careers is over.
Few expected Pardew to see out the five-year deal he initially signed, but Ashley believes a stable backroom is the best way to ensure Newcastle can build on the success of the first two years of his reign.
Newcastle’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.
“We hope this announcement will be great news for the fans, whose support and commitment to this club over the years has been fantastic.”
Despite disagreements between the manager and the boardroom which are raised occassionally regarding transfer and contract deals, as they are at most clubs, Pardew has built a strong working relationship with those above him.
Similarly, Ashley and Llambias have also been impressed by the manner in which the 51-year-old has successfully worked alongside renowned scout Carr in helping players signed to become better.
While the door is always open to a sale if valuations are met, there is a confidence that cheaper alternatives can be brought in to help maintain Newcastle’s rising expectations under Pardew.
Llambias added: “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.”
Pardew’s time at Newcastle started with a memorable 3-1 home win over Liverpool in December 2010. After keeping the Magpies in the top-flight at the end of that season, he then stunned the Premier League by leading them to fifth last May.
Newcastle were only five points shy of a Champions League spot, a place which Sir Alex Ferguson claimed earlier this week that Newcastle had a “serious” chance of achieving this time around.
After years of turmoil around St James’ Park before Hughton brought a period of calm, Pardew has since instilled greater strength and there is now a collective team spirit reflected in the team’s positive results.
He was unable to prevent Newcastle from slipping out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night at Manchester United, but his aim now will be to be the first manager to win a domestic trophy in more than 50 years.
PARDEW'S MAGPIES FACTFILE
December 9: Appointed Newcastle manager on a five-and-a-half-year deal.
February 5: Newcastle come from
4-0 down at half-time to draw 4-4 with
May 22: Guides Newcastle to a 12thplaced
finish in their first year back in the
November 19: Newcastle lose their first
game of the 2011/12 season after a summer
of recruitment which included signing the
likes of Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba.
May 11: Named Barclays Premier League
Manager of the Season two days before the
final game at Everton, which Newcastle
lose 3-1 to finish fifth, qualifying for the
September 3: Given a two-match
touchline ban and fined £20,000 for
pushing an assistant referee during the
2-1 win over Tottenham on the opening day
of the 2012/13 season.
September 27: Awarded new eight-year
deal with Newcastle.
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