A positive sign of things to come or an over-confident move? They seem to be the 2 biggest trends to come out of recent news that Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has been signed to an incredible 8 year extension.
Pardew took over the helm in December 2010 after former manager Chris Hughton was shown the door. Since that time the club has taken on a much more positive direction and has seen some major signings including Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse.
“I was a bit shocked when it was suggested that an eight year contract was on the table,” said Pardew. “It hasn’t quite sunk in, if I’m being honest, that the club have given me that kind of contract.” (source)
Former Crystal Palace teammate Ian Wright spoke very positively of the extension, telling ESPN, “Pards was never the most blessed footballer technically, he was always a guy who had opinions and thoughts on how the game should be played, so it doesn’t surprise me to see him doing so well,”
I see this move as a positive step up by owner Mike Ashley and an indication that the club are ready to make a serious push to be once again, one of the top clubs in the English Premier League.