ALAN Pardew’s been backed to end Newcastle United’s 43-year trophy drought after committing himself to the club until 2020.
Pardew and his coaching staff yesterday committed their long-term futures to the club ahead of tomorrow’s game at Reading.
Assistant manager John Carver, first-team coach Steve Stone and goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman also signed up for eight years.
And the contracts bring them into line with chief scout Graham Carr, who agreed an eight-year deal in the summer.
One bookmaker is offering odds of 1/25 that Pardew won’t see out his contract at the club, where Kevin Keegan was once handed a 10-year-deal.
However, Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias – who pointed to the success Manchester United have enjoyed under long-serving Sir Alex Ferguson when revealing the deal – believes managerial longevity is integral to success – and silverware.
“We won’t knee-jerk – we’ve got the right guy,” said Llambias. “We’ve had our ups and downs, as all clubs do, but Alan’s got a real drive and sense that he wants to bring a trophy to the North East.
“We honestly believe he’ll do that.”
The contract which is understood to be heavily-incentivised, is recognition for the efforts of Pardew and his staff last season, when they guided the club to a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League.
“An eight-year deal is unheard of in football,” added Llambias.
“The reason being is that we want stability.
“We want a manager that’s going to be in place long term, and we believe Alan’s the right man to do that.
“You can look at Manchester United and Arsenal, and it’s no coincidence that they’ve had success.
“Mike and I are very keen to go forward with Alan, and I have a very good working relationship with Alan and the coaching staff.
“The financial side of the club is very stable – we believe we’ve done a really good job – and the next part is the football side. We feel long-term contracts will give us success.”
Emulating, or bettering, last season’s achievements will be tough given the size of Pardew’s squad, which also has to cope with European competition.
Fans were left frustrated after United failed to land a series of summer targets, with Vurnon Anita, signed from Ajax, the only senior acquisition.
And the club’s target is an eighth-placed finish in the league, though Pardew is setting his sights higher.
“I would hope we’ll always be seventh of above,” Llambias told BBC Sport. “Our goal is eighth or above, and Alan wants to do better than last year, and so do the squad.
“It’s still a work in progress - we can do better on the commercial side - but we’ve got a tremendous mix of people that can take us somewhere.
“What it does is give an opportunity to compete with the big boys. We can compete financially, but what we can do is compete on the field with the right recruitment and right management. That’s all in place.”