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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11 comments
TheBoneYard
TheBoneYard

Jonas, Anita and Janmaat by far the 3 best players today, but Sissoko a 7.1 score ? he may have score but for most of the game he give the ball away, his close control is abysmal. We got the win we needed but next season is gonna be a worry, need at least 8 or 9 new players including at least 4 or 5 proven quality......................100mil+ and over to you Ashley

Jarmin Geordie
Jarmin Geordie

I've always had a soft spot and stuck up for Anita and today he finally showed what he's capable of (I'll ignore the gaff with the 4 on 1 chance) while Jonas will rightly get all the plaudits I thought Big Vern ran him a close second

GToon
GToon

You are spot on but if you analyse his game, wasn't he just first to every loose ball and tidy with his passing? Do we not expect that anyway. Not knocking him. I think he's a great player, in the right position, like today.

Toon Magpie
Toon Magpie

Jonas should be rewarded with another season at the club.

grahame49
grahame49

Gallowgate block u and v were loud and jumping today women of the match the 2 blonde teen lasses who sang all game true fans

mentalman
mentalman

I think that was the best performance I've seen from Anita for a very long time.

I've criticised Carver for picking Jonas this season but he's showed the last few games he's still got it but maybe not a first choice player. Due to his age and salary the club probably won't offer him a new contract but it would be good if they could agree a pay as you play deal

Andgeo
Andgeo

Put your money where your mouth is fatty or Fcuk off!!!

Tonytoon
Tonytoon

I'd like to know how much ground Jonas and Anita covered between them. Anita seemed to be everywhere and Jonas just never stopped running.

lupamac
lupamac

@fireflyuk like you said let's see if he sticks to his word . and its not just a publicity stunt to flog season tickets.

lupamac
lupamac

Well pleased for Jonas .great cross for the first and then grabbed a goal for himself.  

Never stopped for 90+ minutes.