Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 10/10/12
Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias is sure the events of the past fortnight have helped to secure the long-term future of the club. During that period, owner Mike Ashley managed to tie up manager Alan Pardew and his coaching staff on eight-year contracts and secure a sponsorship deal with digital finance company wonga.com, part of which will see the name of the stadium revert to St James' Park after a controversial spell as, officially at least, the Sports Direct Arena. There was disquiet in some quarters on Tuesday at the club's association with the Wonga brand, but as the dust settled on another interesting day on Tyneside, Llambias was wearing a satisfied smile. He told the Journal: "It's been a big fortnight - a very big fortnight. For me, it's all about stability. "To be able to get the coaching staff and the manager on side for eight-year deals, and then complete our sponsorship deal with Wonga, plus the stadium naming rights as part of that - it's a good two weeks...
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