Alan Pardew’s EIGHT year contract at Newcastle runs out today and fans joke ‘is that the real hold up of takeover?’ – The Sun
ALAN PARDEW'S bumper eight-year contract at Newcastle has finally expired today – over FIVE YEARS since he left the club.
The former Toon boss put pen to paper on the huge deal way back in 2012 but walked out the door barely two years later.
He arrived at St James' Park in 2010 after Chris Hughton was shockingly given the boot despite leading the Geordies back into the Premier League from the Championship.
Pardew was initially a big hit in the North East, guiding Newcastle to fifth in the Premier League in the 2011/12 season.
After guiding the Magpies to Europa League qualification, he was duly rewarded with the Premier League Manager of the Season and LMA Manager of the Year gongs.
Toon supremo Mike Ashley was impressed enough to offer him new and improved terms, despite the fact Pardew still had four years left on his original deal.
But the good times didn't last and Pardew quit the club in 2014 after Neil Warnock was sacked at Crystal Palace.
SINCE PARDEW SIGNED THAT DEAL IN 2012
2012 Signs eight year contract at Newcastle.
2013 Leads Toon to Europa League quarter-finals.
2014 Walks out on club after Crystal Palace sack Neil Warnock.
2015 Announced as new Palace manager after they pay £3.5m in compensation to Newcastle.
2016 Sacked by Palace in December.
2017 Replaces Tony Pulis at West Brom.
2018 Parts ways with West Brom.
2019 Announced as boss of Dutch side ADO Den Haag.
2020 Saved from relegation by coronavirus cancelling season but leaves anyway after mutually deciding not to extend one-year contract.
The Eagles stumped up £3.5million in compensation for Newcastle and Pardew became their new boss in January 2015.
Now, fans are hilariously claiming that Pardew's super deal could be the factor behind the delay in their potential new takeover.
The club are in talks over a proposed £300m takeover deal backed by a Saudi consortium.
One supporter joked: "Wonder if that's the real hold up to the takeover."
Another commented: "Lol. Another bad decision by Ashley. They just keep adding up. 8 years, farcical!"
Pardew did not last too long at Selhurst Park and was sacked in December 2016 after winning six out of 36 matches in the calendar year.
He replaced Tony Pulis at West Brom in November 2017 but they mutually parted ways just over fourth months later after a run of ten games without a win left them rock bottom of the Prem.
Pardew's latest venture saw him take the reins at Den Haag in Holland in December 2019, where despite only winning one out of eight league games, his new side escaped relegation after the season was cancelled amid Covid-19.
Pardew was awarded a £100,000 survival bonus which he generously donated to the local health service but his one-year deal was not extended.
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