Pardew shocked by new United contract

LONG DEAL ... Newcastle United's coach Alan Pardew.
LONG DEAL ... Newcastle United's coach Alan Pardew.
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ALAN Pardew admitted he length of his new Newcastle United contract left him in “shock”.

The Newcastle United manager and his staff yesterday signed eight-year deals.

And Pardew has bought into the long-term vision of owner Mike Ashley, who handed chief scout Graham Carr a new contract in the summer.

“When it was first suggested to me by Mike, I was in a bit of shock myself,” said Pardew this afternoon.

“Trying to forsee what will happen in the next eight years is difficult.

“But this is probably the best chance I’ve got of winning a trophy – and that’s what I want to do. I’ve got a great opportunity to do that at this club.

“And I’m glad my staff have got the same reward – that’s very important.”

The length of the deal will give Pardew a chance to look at all aspects of the club, and especially the Academy.

He added: “The length of the contract gives me the chance to look at the club as a whole, right down to the Academy.

“Realistically, in four or five years these players will come to me, so it’s very important.”