Sky Sports revealed some details on the type of contract Alan has taken to be manager of Newcastle.
Alan Pardew – a big big job on his hands
But before we get to that it seems that Newcastle may have approached Martin O’Neill about the Newcastle manager position.
The report is that Martin asked for what Alan Shearer asked for in the summer of 2009 – £20M in transfer fees for January – and apparently Mike offered him £10M.
That’s the story in any case, and we have a hard time believing that’s true, as it looks like Pardew was the major candidate, if not the only one, and he was already friends with the owner.
What’s that about it’s not what you know but who you know.
But that at least explains why Pardew was even considered, because it’s certainly not his record that got him the job.
Alan’s contract is a long one – five and a half years – but a very small termination fee has been agreed by the parties, which is not surprising.
At least Mike has learned some of the business side of football contracts – after having to pay £6M out to Allardyce and his staff when they were fired in January of 2008, and £2M out to Kevin Keegan eventually, after he left in September of the same year.
There’s £8M that could and should have been used on player acquisitions.
The total package is thought to be around £500K per year, but is laced with enhancements if the side does well – and has a low guaranteed wage.
That isn’t much of a surprise, since Mike has not been too enamored with some highly paid managers at Newcastle – Sam Allardyce being the main one, where Ashley obviously didn’t get value for money.
So Alan’s contract is incentive based – and big time too.
And there’s a very quick way, probably the only way, that Pardew can get the Newcastle fans behind him – and that is by starting to win games – and a win on Saturday would be a great start.