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Thursday 27 September 2012

Newcastle reward Alan Pardew with eight-year deal

Magpies manager and coaching staff rewarded for club's revival with long-term deals

  • Pardew and his assistant John Carver (left) are in it for the long haul at Newcastle

  • Pardew won the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League Manager of the Season award

Alan Pardew has committed his long-term future to Newcastle United by signing an eight-year deal with the Barclays Premier League club.

Pardew, along with three members of his senior coaching staff – John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman – have been rewarded for the role they have played in the Mapgies' recent revival with a contract offer that will tie them to the north-east club until the end of the 2019/20 season.

"The club has awarded the contracts to ensure it has the stability necessary to achieve consistent success in the Premier League"
Newcastle United

"The club has awarded the long-term contracts to ensure it has the stability necessary to achieve consistent success in the Premier League and European club competition," read a club statement.

"Mike Ashley and his board have demonstrated their faith in Alan and his staff, and today's announcement sends out an emphatic message that the stability of the coaching team is key to moving the club forward."

Pardew replaced Chris Hughton as manager of Newcastle in December 2010 and guided the newly promoted club to a 12th-place finish in the Barclays Premier League.

The next season, the 51-year-old steered Newcastle to a fifth-place finish - a feat for which he was voted the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year.

The long-term deal rewards the former Reading, West Ham United and Southampton manager for the significant role he has played in turning around the club's fortunes.

"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," Newcastle's managing director Derek Llambias told the club's official website.

"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.

"Clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal have shown that stability gives the best platform to achieve success"
Derek Llambias

"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.

"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."

In June 2012, chief scout Graham Carr, an instrumental figure in several of the club's signings over recent seasons, was also rewarded with an eight-year contract.

Newcastle, who lie tenth in the Barclays Premier League standings with eight points from five matches, travel to Reading on Saturday.

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Key Points

  • Alan Pardew has signed an eight-year deal with Newcastle United
  • Newcastle also rewarded backroom staff John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman with long-term deals
  • Magpies say decision is based on club's need for stability going forward