AlanPardew53When Alan Pardew signed an eight year contract it raised more than a few eyebrows.

Mike Ashley has proved himself one for the unexpected but many fans believed that despite the length of the contract, there would undoubtedly be a get-out option for Newcastle United’s owner if things turned sour. It would have been very hard to believe that Ashley would expose himself to a pay-off of six or seven years wages.

Today has brought confirmation/claims that this is the case with the Sunday People revealing that the manager would be entitled to the equivalent of just one year’s wages if he was dismissed.

KITBAG_SALEGimmicks such as announcing eight year contracts are an unnecessary distraction in attempting to portray that the club are setting long-term foundations.

The only way to put down long-term foundations is by actions and that means backing Alan Pardew and Graham Carr’s recommendations in recruiting players to help take the club forward.

Mike Ashley failed Alan Pardew in the summer, there are encouraging signs that the owner has realised that he got it wrong in that transfer window and let’s hope for all of our sakes that we come out of January with a stronger squad, rather than more gimmicks like eight year contracts.

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