The end of this season would have marked the seventh year on Alan Pardew’s eight-year deal that he signed back in 2012 if he’d have stayed. Mike Ashley obviously believed that Pardew was the man to take them forward as he offered him a contract spanning the best part of a decade, but even the most optimistic of Newcastle fans knew this was an awful move.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 27, 2012
As it was, after signing that deal in September 2012 Pardew would last just over two years, meaning that when he left he was only paid compensation for the remaining five and a half seasons that he had left on his deal. It was just another of Mike Ashley’s massive blunders, and as the Magpies look like they may be losing Rafa Benitez this summer it seems there are more Ashley errors to come.
In football, the three-year deal and the four-year deals are bread and butter for players and managers. Often clubs will get sucked in and end up paying the financial price of sacking a manager after giving them a five-year deal, but looking back to 2012, when Pardew was given eight years it was absolutely ludicrous, and it will come as no shock to anyone that he didn’t see it out that lengthy contract.
You can read the Magpies’ verdict at the time on that car crash of a deal here:
@NUFCOfficial Mmmm. Not going to end well is that one.
— ian davies (@realstokebloke) September 27, 2012
@NUFCOfficial 8 year?!!
— Saiid K (@HellSpawnTapout) September 27, 2012
@NUFCOfficial 8 years? That's a bit long…especially for a Newastle Manager
— Sebastian Szlenkier (@sszlenkier) September 27, 2012
@NUFCOfficial 8 more years! Large commitment !
— Jonny Procter (@JonnyProcter1) September 27, 2012
@NUFCOfficial 8 year contract? You mad or something?
— Plavi (@autobot80) September 28, 2012
— nigel safc (@nigelsafc) September 27, 2012
@NUFCOfficial Get less for Murder! 8 years blooming hell!!
— Michael Eliades (@God_is_Xavi) September 27, 2012
The Geordies were rightly dismayed at seeing the length of Pardew’s deal back in 2012, and unsurprisingly, they were right to be so shocked.
Newcastle fans, what were your initial thoughts when this deal was signed? Join the discussion by commenting below…Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!