Pards Signs New Contract

WEST Ham United is delighted to announce that manager Alan Pardew has signed a new five-year contract with the Club.

Pards, who took charge at Upton Park in October 2003 and led the Hammers back to the Premiership in his first full season with the Club, put pen to paper on the new deal last night.

The Hammers boss said: "I am delighted to have signed a new long-term contract with West Ham United.

"I want to thank the chairman, Terry Brown, the Board, the staff and most of all the fans for the support I have been given during the last two years.

"Following relegation it is no secret we have had some tough times at Upton Park, but everyone at the club has worked tirelessly to turn things around and we are only at the beginning of what I believe we can achieve.

"I am particularly delighted to sign a long-term contract because it means the staff and the players know the club is now seeking to establish some stability after difficult decisions had to be made two years ago.

"We have a young and talented team both on and off the pitch and our ambition in the next five years is to create excitement and a side everyone can be proud of.

"We are all moving forward together. There is a positive atmosphere at Upton Park, at our Chadwell Heath training ground and on the field.

"The first phase was to get us out of the Championship and into the Premier League. The second phase was to consolidate our Premiership position and on that front progress has already been made.

"The third phase is to take the Club forward and achieve success. That does not mean putting a millstone around our necks by saying next year we will set ourselves a target to qualify for Europe or win trophies. But as the belief grows so should our expectations.

Pardew added: "There is so much to be optimistic about, however the hard work has only just begun."