Pardew’s Eight Year Contract Not A Problem For Ashley

The Daily Mail is reporting today that Mike Ashley would need to pay Alan Pardew his  eight year deal in full, if the owner sacks him at the end of the season.

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Alan Pardew – release clause in his contract

The Daily Mail report says that Mike didn’t put any release clause in Pardew’s contract, or specifically set a payoff amount if Pardew was fired.

But knowing that Mike Ashley is an astute businessman, there’s just no way he would have given Alan Pardew a contract like that.

And that’s especially true, since the Newcastle owner must still have memories of the millions he had to pay out when managers like Sam Allardyce and Kevin Keegan were fired.

Our guess is that the release agreement would be one year’s wages – and probably the same for his coaches John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman.

We think Alan Pardew is getting between £1M and £2M a year depending on how Newcastle perform each season, and there are a number of incentives in Alan’s contract.

If Alan Pardew was to be fired, it would probably cost Mike around £2M maximum, and maybe as much again (in total) for his three coaches.

So we don’t think Mike will keep Alan simply because of no release clause in his contract – and it may even depend on how Newcastle do in the last two games – and we could still screw it up big time, by say losing at QPR.

Alan Pardew seems to have lost the confidence of a contingent of Newcastle fans – but first things first – we need to avoid relegation and then the next decision is who the manager will be for next season.

Ashley and LLambias will receive a report from Alan Pardew on the season, and what went wrong and what went right – and why.

So it will probably take a week or two after the season ends,  before a decision is made on the manager.

And then we’ll go into the summer transfer window – and there could be a lot of business done this summer by Newcastle – both coming and going – always assuming we stay in the Premier League.

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59 comments so far

  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 8, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #1

    you got to take into consideration that Pardew owes either MA or DL or maybe both money so for MA it’s a win win situation

  • manxpie

    May 8, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #2

    beattie so finishing 13th then 5th isn’t progression??
    and “IYO”!! we should be finishing in 12 to 10th?
    on wat beattie?? was it on the tiny squad we started with or the very inexperienced squad we’ve got now??
    add in the injuries where we’ve played wat must be the most changed defence or at the very least the same as the relegated teams?
    it annoys me when people say “with the squad we’ve got!” !!!
    half of it has never played together ffs but it’s supposed to be instant and everything is supposed to fit in to place!?

  • RonVanDam

    May 8, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #3

    He can also take Shola and Oberton with him when her leaves.

  • Beattie25

    May 8, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #4


    Now I have no intention of arguing at 1:30 in the morning but you last post shows a lack of imagination and knowledge of modern football.

    The fact we have 3 capable wingers in the squad is a worry yes, but you’re thinking of old tactics where you needed wingers. If you look at the team and the individuals you would dee that this team is better suited without generic wing play that we have become accustomed to.

    Pardew seems to want to play with wingers and because he is so one dimensional it fcuks us up when we are short in that area. You seem like an intelligent guy so you must find it odd that Pardew doesn’t incorporate a more European style to his European squad to bring the best out of his players?!

    We don’t need wingers!!

    What we need is an attractive, attacking formation that is versatile and designed to incorporate ball retention and slick movement.

    Using 2 full backs as make shift wingers and allowing the DM’s to cover marauding runs is used all over the continent to great affect.

    We should be using a 4-3-3 with Santon and Debuchy being the wing backs, Sissoko and Anita covering them, Cabaye playing forward in the hole finding space and picking passes and Goofy, Marv/Benny providing width, incision and making space for Cisse (who should be playing as a poacher not a target man).

    Then when we are being countered we win the ball and Sissoko from deep stretches the play with his power and pace and we become an offensive threat from defence.

    Pardew is not intelligent or risky enough to attempt this and instead concentrates on how to stop opponents playing rather than focussing on how we play ourselves.

    We have the best players we’ve had in years but when the manager insist on using them in old fashioned tactics that these individuals are not suited too your asking for relegation.

  • TimKrulFan

    May 8, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Don’t tell me that’s a pardew lover,

  • headtheball

    May 8, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #6

    However much it costs, us fans can have a collection. I’m sure his departure is worth short term pain for us and Hope for the future.
    I know why we have so many injuries.
    With destinations like South America and Paris and all expenses paid, who wouldn’t. I’ve heard Marveauxs choice was the Caribbean or skiing in Colorado. Only at the Toon.

  • Beattie25

    May 8, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #7


    You are so mistaken it is not even funny.

    The team that has hardly played together? In fact most played for a full season and a half together. We didn’t sell anyone and didn’t buy anyone until Jan so it’s not like we got 11 new players to come in.

    5th is shin the illusion of progression. True progression is on the football pitch where it matters. If that 5th wasnt a fluke then we’d be doing much better now. This season shows how incapable the manager is. He’s the type of manager that can only do well when everything goes right for him. He has no plan b.

    The injuries are force fed to us as if they’ve been the worst ever but in truth they haven’t. A few weeks here or there mostly. It is then up to the manager to compensate for them. You know, do what managers do in times of a crisis, change formations, instilled confidence, alter tactics to overcome weak areas, motivate those coming in that they can do the job etc…

    I’m fed up arguing with you because you can’t even see how wring you are so I’m not going to waste energy trying to make you see the error of your ways.

    In the land of the blind the one eyed man is king. There is no point me describing to you what is wrong because you cannot see it.

    Good night

  • manxpie

    May 8, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #8

    beattie a team without wingers needs a fantastic defence and i mean a fantastic defence!!
    tell me our best defence this season?
    and then tell me how often we’ve played it !!??

    and you point to the fact the same players have played together for 1 n a half years so tell me 3 games in a row before january that we were able to pick the same team let alone subs????
    i mean its the best squad u’ve ever seen remember (defo according to catchy!!!!!!!!!!)
    but is it just me that thinks and knows from other experiences that its very very hard for such a volume of players to come in and make such a vast difference!!?/
    in other words all you people proclaiming we’ve got 1 of the top 5 squads in the league!
    would you be saying the same before our jan signings????

    and if yes its alot more than pardew thats wrong!!

  • LeToonARMY

    May 8, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #9

    _Debuchy——-Taylor———Collo——–Yanga Mbiwa_
    ___BenArfa _____Cabaye____Tiote______Guttirez____

  • Spoof

    May 8, 2013 at 4:48 AM

    Comment #10

    Beattie your explanation of a 4-3-3 formation was a really good post which made perfect sense, the only aspect of the post which let you down was the claim that Pardew does not have the brains to play like that, the simple fact is that we did play like that last season, instead of Debuchy we had Simpson, Anita and Sissoko were Tiote and Jonas, and Gouffran was Ba, the tactics used were how you would like us to play, the only difference is that we had better players last season, Debuchy has not impressed, Sissoko was a flash int he pan, and Gouffran is not good enough to tie Ba’s bootlace’s, combined with Benny being injured for so much of the season and Tiote , Cabaye and Jonas’s performance levels being so much lower than last year, then you can see why Pardew has had a different approach

  • chuck

    May 8, 2013 at 5:35 AM

    Comment #11

    Beattie 25
    Yes I agree we should be playing a more modern style.
    A 4-3-3 or a4-2-3-1.
    But that doesn’t mean we play through the middle, we should of course use people on the wings , to stretch the defense.
    And there’s nothing like a cross that is played into the goal area, from close to the end line.
    Which only Ferguson practices these days and hopefully will be available for the QPR game.
    As for Sissoko being mentioned as a flash in the pan by someone.
    That’s ridicules, to start rating anyone that came in recently is dumb, there’s a usual adjustment period given to most, plus to be confused by Pardews direct style and lack of understanding of the modern game,
    would account for the confusion we normally watch.
    Lets hope Ashley has learned, that most sides are a product of the manager in charge and if he wants to see success, it might be a good idea to find one, as Pardew has been exposed as a fraud and anyone who doesn’t see that, well then they obviously don’t understand the game.

  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    May 8, 2013 at 5:37 AM

    Comment #12

    I just don’t really want to see yet another match where Shola comes on between 50 and 70 mins to “give us something a little bit different”….

    It’s crazy how his favourite boys get on or don’t come off regardless of anything else it seems!

  • Santon03

    May 8, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    Comment #13

    I think I understand what Beattie trying to say. 4-2-3-1 doesn’t mean without players operating wide, it means that only wing backs regularly operating wide, 3 players behind striker doesn’t mean they only operate through middle, they are more like free-role with Cabaye acting as the midfield general. Even the striker has the freedom to go wide, which means the 3 attacking midfield constantly making forward runs into the box, the 2 DM operating as ball winner and cover for defense while our wing backs going forward at wide or as wingers. The key role in this type of tactic is that 2 DM, they must constantly fill the whole, for example if left wb going forward and they attack our left side, one of the DM must cover LWB or if Colo going wide to cover our LWB then one of DM must cover for Colo’s spot (CB) while the other DM trying to win the ball or stop their attack at any cost. This tactic usually used by Bayern, Dortmund, and Barca.

  • gaz 44

    May 8, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    Comment #14

    I wish people would stop saying reason pardew has the job because he’s got gambling debts to pay off. If this was the case Ashley would of stuck him as manager of his shop Lol. It’s clearly a case of Ashley gambling on a cheap manager which has now been shown up as a failure.
    I’ve nothing against pardew for those saying he’s arrogant etc and sick of hearing the excuses I think all managers fall under the same boat… They have to, if they don’t believe in themselves how is anyone else going to. Pardews only fault for me is that he’s simply not good enough for the job

  • RonVanDam

    May 8, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Post 3.

    Nice analysis Beattie25.

    Talking of Shola, Adam Cambell should be brought in instead if we need more fire power upfront. If Shola does come in late into the game it should come as a midfielder and should work his butt off during his 10-15mins on the pitch. Its evident his pace is gone, but his vision and through passes could come handy

  • Santon03

    May 8, 2013 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #16

    We have the type of players to do Beattie’s 4-2-3-1, actually with the players we have we should be playing that way, but pardew insisted on playing 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 with 2 attacking midfield has to operate as wingers, you could see it with Jonas and HBA constantly operating near touchline. I think pardew trying to copy but didn’t know how to implement it and not brave enough, he is also trying to do Jose Mourinho but he is not Jose, Jose always change tactics and even make subtitution before half time if he didn’t lke what he sees.

  • p

    May 8, 2013 at 6:02 AM

    Comment #17

    Just watched the toon beat mourinho’s chelsea on fa cup classics

    Kluivert got the winner, shola was playing, souness was the manager

    So funny

  • bills-son

    May 8, 2013 at 6:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Spoof, good post @ 10.

    Manxpie, you talk alot of sense.

    There are five factors that have led to our performances this season;

    1. Not signing more first team squad players in the summer.
    2. Loss of form of all three of our key midfield players, Cabaye (first half of the season especially), Tiote and Guti.
    3. Pardew playing Cisse out wide to accomodate Ba in the middle – it was almost like playing with 10 men.
    4. Never playing a settled team – the Europa, injuries and a lack of quality in our young players totally exposed the weakness of the squad and we’ve never had a settled team or pattern of play.
    5. On reflection the 5 signings in January did nothing to address two of the biggest weaknesses in our team – a lack of quality full backs who can defend (one of the biggests reasons why our defence is awful) and a lack of shouters, fist wavers and leadership on the pitch.

    Pardew has made mistakes – every manager does – but the biggest and the one that has cost us the most points imo is playing Cisse out wide. Both myself and Munster Mag said before the start of the season that we hoped Pardew hadn’t promosed Ba he’d plat through the middle if he stayed. He did I’m certain, and whether he did or he didn”t he should have had the balls to drop Cisse when it was clear after a few games that he was a waste of a place out wide.

    It’s hard enough playing in the Prem with 11 men, especially away from home, effectively playing with 10 is suicide.

    If their is one factor in this season that has been totally and without doubt Pardew’s fault it’s playing Cisse out wide for half a season. It has been his greatest mistake.

  • Santon03

    May 8, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #19


    Also set-pieces and running lack of off the ball, and hoofball with short players.

  • Santon03

    May 8, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #20

    sorry lack of running off the ball*

    this damn smart phones 🙂

  • p

    May 8, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    Comment #21

    + playing others out of position, playing those out of form, trying to sit on leads, making shite substitutions etc etc

    Basically everything

  • Santon03

    May 8, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #22

    the most insane tactic was playing longballs against Stoke…doh!!

  • p

    May 8, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    Comment #23

    Aye, no one can deny, he is the village idiot, last season must have been jammy, i can’t think of any other explanation

    I am sure there will be a change but i imagine mash is gong to do it in a planned, orderly fashion this time and he needs to see if we stay up first.

    This is why he did not sack him after liverpool

  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 8, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #24

    My Sources from Inside of SJP tell me that Pardew will go for a draw against QPR and will hope for a Wigan defeat against Arsenal.

    Some one faxed me his team line up too. So this is it.

    Taylor ———–Colo————-Williamson——Yanga
    —————-Tiote ———-Perch ———-Anita
    ——–Bigirimana———–Jonas ————–sissoko

    You heard it here first.

  • Santon03

    May 8, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #25


    yes, sacking him after what he has done will be like letting him off the hook and give him more money for getting us into trouble.

  • Greebol1892

    May 8, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #26

    It’s not Pardew’s fault – it’s Carver’s because Pardew spends little time at training sessions due to his intensive daily media/gambling schedule, therefore actually sees very little of the players until matchday and picks his favourites regardless of form, with a bench full of unfit players and players with no chance of getting a game (i.e. Campbell). Formation & positioning is managed by plucking raffle tickets out of a cap. The raffle tickets have the formation written on the back by Carver (it’s a defensive formation). Then Pardew puts on no.23 (injured) with 20 mins left so we can combat the oppostion’s aerial threat with the hope of nicking a goal, etc, etc, etc, etc.
    HTL & wish us luck!

  • davis_toons

    May 8, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #28

    Wigan RM is also not in the list. He is a good manager. He need money to buy higher quality players.

    And get in “Wigan Team of players” as a 2nd team for Newcastle.

    He will get the mix right. He should be given a 5 years contract.

  • davis_toons

    May 8, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #29

    In 2007, Swansea contacted Martínez to offer him the position of manager. He accepted the offer and retired from playing, soon bringing success to the Swans.

    He won the League One Manager of the Year Award in his first season as Swansea were crowned League One Champions, which took the club back to England’s second-tier division after a 24-year absence.

    Martínez later accepted an offer to become the manager of Wigan Athletic, who had recently been promoted to the Premier League, in June 2009.

    He successfully guided them to avoid relegation for three seasons in a row, whilst also leading them to their first ever FA Cup Final in 2013.

  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 8, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #31

    I fully expect Arsenal to beat Wigan, in fact do a number on them. Like they did to us when we had played0n 26th Dec and they somehow got a free pass.

    Same elements and i see a big defeat for wigan.

  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 8, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #32

    With players like Espionoza and Mcmanaman its really hard to support Wigan.

    And that twat Dave whelan

  • bzak12

    May 8, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #33

    I think we are about to see the hindsight of Ashley’s thinking of giving Percy an eight year deal.
    Its going to cost Man Utd a fortune to take our leader!

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 8, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #34


    Everything you say is true but a good manager would have been able to get better results.

    He’s too negative. Playing for draws or to hang on to 1-0 leads instead of going for a second.
    I just can”t take another season of his arrogance.


  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 8, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #35

    Hatem Better Messi

    I say if we win against QPR, we should leave him in london and comeback W/o him.

  • Spoof

    May 8, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #36

    Indian mag @24, if Pardew was going to go for a draw he would play a defensive side, that team of yours is far to attack minded for Pardew lol.

  • valle

    May 8, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #37

    Gaz 44… I agree, it baffles me how grown men (I pressume) would be so daft as to think anyone would hire some guy who owed them money to run their multi million operation to pay them of.

    Bills son… I supported AP for a long time, but you can come up with allot of excuses. At the end of the day, no matter how you look at it, we have a squad that should do much better than those around us, even with injuries. It can also be argued that allot of the problems you mention COULD be brought on by AP himself. Loss of form can be down to bad man management or playing players out of position and injury problems can be worsened by wrong training ans diets while bad dicipline can lead to both those problems and much more.

    We dont know for sure what goes on, because the club have become very good at keeping these things locked up, but we can guess. My guess is that its time for AP to move on.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 8, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #38

    Great match last night … after watching dismal Merseyside derby and Manure v Chelski , well played Swansea.

    Two teams that play some good attacking football.

  • Sack Llambias

    May 8, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #39

    A Response to the Beattie clap trap drivel an Excellent Post with perspective.
    52manxpie // May 8, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    beattie by your standards the broth n steak scenario was pants lol
    but my poin’t is people keep bringing up that we’ve got the best squad in “ages”!
    1 we haven’t been able to use it and
    2 these new signings should have been signed last summer!plus the fact that 5!!!!!!! of them need time to settle into a new league,language,n culture but some of you are saying its the best squad we’ve had and it should work instantly!?
    tell me another team in prem history where thats worked i’d love to see the stats on that i mean QPR have done well on that haven’t they/
    next season is the time to really judge imo and the constant pardew/player bashing on this blog is shocking and certainly doesn’t make me wanna post it’s depressing like!
    i mean just today u’ve all pretty much smashed fergie n sammie but u must have forgot pardew had to play them earlier in the season n europe!!?
    and why owe why do people wan’t martinez as our next manager!?
    did none of you’s see his reveling in relegation?
    now you all hate pardew but he got us 5th with a new squad?
    but you want to see us pass the ball about countless times n lose
    load of shite even swansea who are renound for good footy have really only just got out of it but i suppose there lucky and haven’t had a game changer in michu all season!!??

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 8, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #40

    Keeping Pardew is toxic.

    He’s lost the fans, sure we won’t boo a winning team, but the first bad patch and the terraces will be on his back.
    Better to have a new guy with a clean slate.

    Then there’s the style …. awful gutless football.


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