Thursday, 27th September, 2012
Newcastle United have handed manager Alan Pardew and his first team coaching staff new eight-year contracts.
The Magpies want to ensure that the kind of stability Sir Alex Ferguson has brought to Old Trafford is replicated by Pardew at St. James’ Park, especially after the former Charlton manager led the club to a fifth place finish in the Premier League last season.
Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias explained the decision on the club’s official website.
"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", announced Llambias.
"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.
"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 joined Newcastle in 2010 and last season was crowned Premier League Manager of the Season and the League Managers’ Association Manager of the Year, after a superb season with the Magpies.
The 51-year-old has also enjoyed spells in charge of Reading, West Ham United, Charlton and Southampton.