Newcastle United And The Eight Year Contract: An Act To Admire Or Simply Blind Faith?


September 28, 2012 by Hamilton Fan


Pardew has so far proved the critics wrong at Newcastle United.

The faith Mike Ashley and the Newcastle United board are showing in Alan Pardew and his coaching staff in rewarding them each with eight year contracts is admirable. However, with Newcastle’s past record of eight managers in the space of six-and-a-half years and Pardew’s own managerial record, it is hard not to question such a decision.The Newcastle board clearly believe in Alan Pardew, which is great to see in today’s footballing world of short-termism. They clearly feel Alan Pardew has the ability to take the club to where they want to go, which is presumably to continue to fight for a european place and to challenge for silverware. Giving him an eight year deal, the longest contract for a manager in the Premier League, is a huge statement of intent. However, does Pardew’s managerial record justify such faith?

Dream team; Steve Stone and John Carver have also landed lengthy contracts alongside Pardew

There is no denying the job he has done thus far at Newcastle. A fifth placed finish last season, against the odds, was a fantastic achievement. He is clearly a capable manager, but what must be remembered is that this is a man who just over two years ago was sacked from League One Southampton because the board lost belief in his ability to achieve promotion back to the Championship. Obviously this does not mean he will not, nor could not, achieve long term success at Newcastle. Many talented managers have had jobs where it has not quite worked out for them for one reason or another. The point to be made here is that Pardew’s managerial record does not point towards someone who will deliver the long term success Newcastle crave. A successful spell at Reading where he took them to the verge of the Premier League was followed by a mixed spell at West Ham United where he was eventually sacked in late 2006 following one of their worst run of results in over half a decade. An unsuccessful spell at Charlton Athletic followed soon afterwards, seeing the club relegated from the Premier League in 2007. Pardew was sacked the following year, leaving the London club sitting in the bottom three of the Championship. A mixed record, of which has seen Pardew achieve most of his success in the football league, that would leave many questioning the Newcastle boards faith in him to achieve long term success at the top level of the English game.

Alan Pardew will be looking forward to delivering a fair few training sesions over the coming years at Newcastle

This could well turn out to be a masterstroke by the Newcastle board, or it could be, as many fear, another act of misjudgement on behalf of the Newcastle board. Such faith in a manager deserves credit, but to back a manager with no previous track record of success in the Premier League in such a fashion could well be deemed as blind faith. Blind faith that could cost an awful lot in compensation if it were to all fall apart. Time will tell.

3 thoughts on “Newcastle United And The Eight Year Contract: An Act To Admire Or Simply Blind Faith?

  1. Nice to see the board talking in terms of stability but it smacks a bit of gesture politics. He already had a five year deal and it might have been worth waiting at least until we had sufficient proof that last season wasn’t a fluke. Do think he’s a promising coach though and his previous record might have been a good learning process. We do have a tendency to write people off too soon in this country.

    • Socrates says:

      I agree, it does sound like it was something of a public gesture given his previous contract. Maybe following the success of Arsenal and Manchester United though in terms of giving a mananger the confidence and belief to invest in the whole structure of the club. Potential England material? And what are your expectations in terms of financial investments in the upcoming transfer window?

      • If Pardew’s reputation survives the next few years I think he would probably be the obvious choice as next England manager. As far as investment is concerned, Newcastle’s policy is now very much based on quality scouting. Gone are the days of huge fees lavished on often unsuitable players. I’m not a great believer in doing too much business in the January window anyway as so many buys seem to be based on blind panic. Holding on to certain players might prove to be more important than any incoming deals. I wrote an article about the Newcastle situation at the end of last season which you can read here:

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