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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8 comments
wor monga
wor monga

McClaren won’t take this job if Derby get promoted…he would need his head examined…and not just because Derby will spend some real money to bring in the right players to try to ensure they stay up…but also because their supporters have enough up-stairs to know that the game is only a vehicle now for the benefit of a worldwide TV audience, and not something dependent on any local feelings…stadium dimensions or historical significances going back many years.


...Any new head coach we get (providing it’s not Carver) will more than likely be someone relatively unknown (cheap) from the lower English/ French clubs hoping to make a name for himself and hoping the fans here with their overriding believe in their own importance to the club will let him…and praying that if he doesn’t make an immediate impression in terms of good results…then the Mag and it’s correspondents won’t crucify him…

PeterS84
PeterS84

Even if we do bring in a new manager the biggest issue is that Carver/Stone/Woodman etc have circa 5 years left on their contracts so either  a big payout (which Ashley wont do) or they stay on and carry on coaching the team which a new Manager potentially wont want to happen. 

IainElrick
IainElrick

Inb4 "Geodie duo new head coaches at nufc". Ant and Dec are excited at their new challenge " the club's as much of a joke as we are so naturally the decision was easy" .

KevinBrown11
KevinBrown11

Sad thing is you never know what Ashley will come up with, got this sick feeling it's gonna be Carver!!

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

NUFC used to represent a great opportunity for a manager to step up and make a name for themselves, sadly though it was all too often a poison chalice.  With our current system, I think it will be a lot less appealing to anyone with ambition, dignity or a desire to have a hand on the transfers.  Instead, it will appeal to out of work, desperate ex managers who are willing to ingratiate themselves with the owner by spouting the company lines, won't mind lying to the fans and have no desire to do anything other than pick up a hefty pay check.

I suspect we could end up with a David O'Leary or Alan Curbishley.  The only hope is that we can grab a semi-decent manager from somewhere in europe who wants a step up into the premiership, is used to working with financial restraints and also is used to a coach role rather than manager...but then we risk losing them if they do well or being stuck with someone who isn't good enough we can't get rid of.

NicholasDryden
NicholasDryden

that clown on sky said pardew had excelled!!!!!!!

PhilYare
PhilYare

@NicholasDryden think we need to send him a tape of:


0-6 liverpool

0-3 mackems (x 2)

0-4 southampton ( x 2)

0-4 wigan

0-4 man utd


and the rest of at least 30 disgraceful results

WallaceWilson
WallaceWilson

The problem for any new manager is that he is helping to manage a player trading operation not building a team. People often say that the Head Coach model is common on the continent but the crucial difference is that they are still trying to compete and be successful - we aren't. Our sole purpose is to maximise income while reducing costs