Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was given only one remit by owner Mike Ashley when he handed him his new eight-year contract: "Win every week."

The sportswear magnate stunned the world of football on Thursday when he tied up Pardew, who takes his club to former employers Reading on Saturday, and key coaches John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman until the end of the 2019-20 season.

"Regardless, there's always pressure when you are Newcastle manager. I am just privileged to be the manager, really, and proud to be the manager of this football club," Pardew said. "To be given an eight-year contract - it hasn't quite sunk in, if I am honest."

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