When Mike Ashley first suggested to Alan Pardew that perhaps he should give him a an eight year contract, much like he had given Chief Scout Graham Carr in June, Alan said he was a bit shocked.
Alan Pardew – shocked when Mike Ashley suggested eight year deal
We’ve seen some comments that have said that if Alan Pardew is sacked down the road it may cost Newcastle a pretty penny, but on the other hand if Alan Pardew leaves to join England, as one example, it would take some money to prise him from his Newcastle contract – so it goes both ways.
This is what Alan said about the new contract:
“When it was first suggested by Mike, I was a bit shocked.” “To try to foresee what’s going to happen in the next eight years is difficult – and to be given that length of contract, well it hasn’t really sunk in yet.”
And we know Mike Ashley is a hard task-master and wants success, and it seems the contract is again heavily waited with incentives on things such as – where we finish in the league each season and whether we have qualified for European competition.
We have to think that even on his old contract Alan picked up some signficant bonus money for getting the team into 5th place in the league last season, and back into the Europa league for the first time in six seasons.
It’s certainly good to have job security and also have it for your coaching staff too, and it appears that John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman, have also signed up for eight-year deals.
But just in case they get a little laid back now they have job security, Alan was asked what Mike Ashley’s demands are on him and his staff were, and he had this to say:
“Win every week.” “Regardless of my contract, there’s always pressure when you are in charge of Newcastle, in Mike’s mind it’s, ‘You’d better do well’,” added the former Reading, West Ham and Southampton manager.”
“I have entered contracts in the past and I haven’t seen them out, so I can’t say I’ve been totally loyal on that front.” “Sometimes in the past I’ve put my own personal ambition in front of what was best, maybe, for the club I was at.”
“But you get older and wiser and I would like to say I’ll see this contract out. It would be great for Newcastle if that was the case because it means I would have brought success.”
It’s good to see the Newcastle manager and staff get such a long term deal, and even when Bobby Robson was at the club, he was only on a rolling one year deal, and when he was sacked he managed – after some time – to get a payoff of a year’s wages from Freddy Shepherd – we think that’s the least Bobby deserved for what he did for Newcastle.
Win every week is the remit from the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, so it’s Reading tomorrow afternoon at the Madejski Stadium, and there’s no reason at all why we cannot pick up all three points if we play somewhere near out best form.
Howay The Lads!!
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