Newcastle United crave the stability that helped deliver success to Manchester United and Arsenal, according to their managing director, Derek Llambias, after handing the manager, Alan Pardew, a remarkable eight-year contract.
Pardew, his assistant John Carver, the coach Steve Stone and the goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman have been awarded identical deals in keeping with the eight-year contract that the influential chief scout Graham Carr signed in June. The decision represents a major vote of confidence by the owner, Mike Ashley, in the Newcastle manager, who was less than two years into the five-year deal he signed when replacing Chris Hughton in December 2010.
Ashley worked with five managers in his first three years at Newcastle, admittedly inheriting Sam Allardyce, who once signed a 10-year contract at Bolton Wanderers, but the impressive rehabilitation of both the club's and Pardew's fortunes has encouraged a more stable, long-term approach.
Llambias said: "If you look at clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsène Wenger have shown that stability gives you the best platform to achieve success and that is the model we wish to emulate here. We are looking to build on the success we had last season and these 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.
"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. 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."
The former Reading, West Ham, Charlton and Southampton manager guided Newcastle to fifth last season, missing out on Champions League qualification by five points. He has also overseen a vast improvement in the Newcastle squad while working within a tight budget and repairing the club's once excessive wage bill.
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