The Graham Carr interviews, since the 67 year-old Corbridge-born Chief Scout was given a new eight year deal to stay at Newcastle on Thursday, have reflected extremely well on the the way Newcastle are run these days.
Alan Pardew – could be getting new deal
Not only is Newcastle now financially stable, and the club are only spending what they are bringing in, which future UEFA Financial Fair Rules will dictate for all European clubs, but good relationships seem to exist between those running the club.
It seems that owner Mike Ashley is after stability at Newcastle, and may want to tie down other non playing staff, like Alan Pardew and his staff, to longer term deals.
It will depend somewhat on what Alan was paid after a stunning season by Newcastle, and Pardew is hardly one of the best paid managers in the Premier League – far from it in fact.
The Londoner still has four years left on his long-term contract on Tyneside, and it may well be that Ashley will offer Alan improved terms, even though the manager’s contract will still be based largely on performance criteria associated with the team.
If it’s one thing we have understood about Mike Ashley over the last five years, is that he wants value for money.
And since the 50 year-old has shown himself to be an excellent manager for the Tyneside club, and has built a very good staff around him, which includes local Newcastle men like John Carver and Steve Stone, now may be a good time to offer Alan and the coaching staff new long term deals.
Certainly with Pardew having performed wonders for Newcastle last season, and getting Newcastle back into Europe, and winning both the Barclay’s Premier League manager of the Season, and the LMA Manager of the Season awards, Alan himself will be hoping that a new deal is in the offing.
What do you think?