Pardew: I can end Newcastle's 43-year wait for a trophy in my eight years
21:48 GMT, 28 September 2012
Alan Pardew says his eight-year contract will give him time to deliver Newcastle United's long-awaited trophy wait.
Newcastle have not won a major since their Fairs Cup success in 1969 and since taking the Geordie hot-seat 18 months ago, Pardew has learned to appreciate the desperation of the club's supporters who have seen neighbours Sunderland and Middlesbrough win one domestic trophy each since.
Pardew admitted even he was shocked by owner Mike Ashley's decision to reward him and coaches John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman with the new eight-year deals which replicate the contract chief scout Graham Carr signed in the summer.
In it for the long haul: Alan Pardew wants to win a trophy at Newcastle
The Newcastle manager, who signed in the week he returns to Reading, his first managerial club, said the length of the deal will give him time to impose more influence on every aspect of the club, as well as bring in silverware, possibly even this season.
Pardew said: 'Looking at it realistically, if I want to win a trophy, if I am going to win a trophy what better opportunities am I going to have as a manager
'I wouldn't say it if I didn't have a belief in the group. I think they can. I think they can win a trophy this year, but you still need a bit of luck here and there.
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'It might put an added pressure on myself but really and truly if you are not in this game to handle the pressure then you shouldn't be in it. The percentage chance of me winning a trophy at Manchester United will be a lot higher than here but that doesn't mean I can't do it.
'The Champions League, is like winning a trophy for us, that's how much that's moved, and in the past, it was probably easier to break into the top four than it is now with the money that's being thrown around at some of those top clubs.
'I look at this football club and in my opinion it is the best supported football club in the country. It has a fan base and a home power that gives us and advantage and the UEFA Fair Play will swing it our way a bit. Whereas to a big degree it has been out of kilter in the last four or five years.
'I love it here. I have not enjoyed football on the management side as much as I have enjoyed it here. After the circumstances I arrived in I would not have assumed it has gone as well as it has gone and I want to make sure it continues.
'We are not going to win the league three times in the next eight years but can we win a trophy, can we get into the Champions League I think we can or I wouldn't be here.'