Alan Pardew has signed an extension at the club which means this will keep him at the club till 2020. Pardew has signed a staggering eight year extension to his current deal. Pardew, assistant John Carver, coach Steve Stone and goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman have all been given identical deals. An interesting factor to point out is that chief scout Graham Carr signed his own eight-year contract in June which could argue that this was a precedent in which future and similar outcomes were to follow.
This guarantees the total faith of Mike Ashley and the Newcastle board that they have in Alan Pardew and his coaching staff. Pardew has managed to earn the respect of the Newcastle fans and he is targeting a place in the Champions League, assuming if they improve by eight points from the last campaign.
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Brendan Rodgers has also defended Luis Suarez and does not think that he ‘dives’. John Barnes thinks Luis Suarez’s integrity would never be questioned if he played outside the Barclays Premier League.
The debate over whether Suarez goes down too easily resurfaced again last weekend when the player was denied a penalty in the Reds’ 2-1 defeat against Manchester United. “The diving tag is unfair on him. He is no different to anyone else in world football who plays up front,” said Barnes, an analyst for ESPN.