Alan Pardew, John Carver, Steve Stone, Andy Woodman and Graham Carr have been awarded  new contacts to keep them at Newcastle until the end of the 2020 season. 

Alan Pardew, and his coaching staff, have all been given new contracts that will see at the club up the end of the 2019/20 season. For any of you that is counting on your fingers that is an eight-year contract.

On the clubs official website they said the long term contracts were given to  “ensure it (Newcastle United) has the stability necessary to achieve consistent success in the Premier League and European club competition”

It is nice to see a club back their manager and his coaching staff with such a long contract, it is just a shame that in football nowadays contracts are not worth the paper they are printed on.

Managing Director Derek 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’re looking to build on the success we had last season and these new 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.”

Bigger and better news for Newcastle United in my opinion is that Graham Carr, was also given a new eight-year contract. Now although Pardew and his backroom staff have done a great job, it has been helped by having players like Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabeye and Papiss Demba Cissé, who wouldn’t be at the club if it wasn’t for the aforementioned Graham Carr.

Since taking over at Newcastle, and assembling his backroom staff including Graham Carr, Newcastle have been on the up. I have admitted in previous pieces I have written that I was dubious of Pardew when he took over and felt they should have kept faith with Hughton, but have since taken those thoughts back, as what Pardew achieved last season with Newcastle as nothing short of amazing.

He has assembled a good team, maybe lacking in a little depth, but they have a great foundation to build upon. The squad depth will come in time and I wouldn’t be surprised if one or two squad players were added in January. Newcastle needs defenders, not just to cover injuries but one good one to replace Williamson, who lets be honest, is a good Championship defender.

They have bought some young and talented midfielders in Bigirimana and Romain Amalfitano as well as the more experienced and versatile but still young Vurnon Anita.

They could also do with bolstering their attack line as after Papiss Cissé and Demba Ba there is only the Ameobi brothers.

Pardew does have good young players coming through the ranks such as Haris Vuckic and Mehdi Abeid but also have some home grown youth products with James Tavernier and Shane Ferguson, who has impressed with recent performances such as his substitute appearance against Manchester United in the Capital One League Cup where he set up Papiss Cissé with a great wiped in cross.

Although Newcastle have not reached the form they had last season if Newcastle can continue progressing then they will be a team to be watched, but they will have too keep a hold of their stars, but if they I am sure Carr has replacements already lined up.  


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