Alan Pardew's eight-year contract at Newcastle United officially ends today.
What an incredible decade-long spell it's been for Pardew at St. James' Park, it's a shame it had to end this way after so long... wait, what do you mean he was sacked SIX years ago?
September 27, 2012, was the day that Pardew signed his new deal until the summer of 2020; rewarded by Mike Ashley for almost guiding the Toon to Champions League football.
The 2011/12 campaign had seen Pardew propel Newcastle to a fifth-place finish just one year after being promoted from the Championship.
Pardew's time at Newcastle
Pardew even followed that up with a run to the Europa League quarter-finals the following season with the Senegalese strike-force of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse running riot.
However, a mixed start to the 2014/15 campaign would ultimately bring about Pardew's demise with no victories in their first seven games and a run of three consecutive defeats in mid-December.
Pardew's demise at St. James' Park
Nevertheless, there were still victories over Liverpool and eventual champions Chelsea to be enjoyed with Pardew officially being dismissed after a 3-2 victory over Everton.
Was it harsh? Maybe, to be honest, especially when you consider the club went on to lose EIGHT games in a row under John Carver before surviving by the skin of their teeth on the final day.
That farce was then followed up by Steve McClaren effectively driving the team towards relegation in 2015/16 to the point that even Rafael Benitez couldn't save them from the Championship.
Perhaps the only thing that has made Pardew's sacking look justified is the fact his managerial career hasn't really recovered since.
Sure, taking Crystal Palace to the FA Cup final was impressive going, but he was out the exit door of Selhurst Park just seven months later with his tail between his legs.
Combine that with a disastrous spell at West Bromwich Albion and lasting merely five months in an unexpected job at ADO Den Haag for an unquestionable career decline.
If only he'd stayed at Newcastle for another eight years... ok, maybe not.
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