Telegraph journalist Henry Winter is being forced to eat his words and swim the River Tyne after Newcastle United chairman Mike Ashley gave his manager Alan Pardew a new eight-year contract this week.
When Alan Pardew was appointed as Newcastle United manager less than two years ago, few people thought he would last this long, let alone being backed by his chairman to the tune of a ten-year tenure.
One of those men, was esteemed Telegraph football writer Henry Winter, who upon Pardew’s appointment, was so convinced that Mike Ashley wouldn’t show much loyalty to Pardew, that he’d swim the River Tyne in Newcastle if he did.
Well, that claim has come back to haunt Winter following the unprecedented deal that has been given to Pardew, but credit to the journo where credit’s due, Henry is going to stick to his word and swim the Tyne.
This week on Twitter Henry Winter posted: “I honour my bets. I promised to swim the Tyne if Ashley showed long-term loyalty to Pardew #nufc. He has, fair play, so time for dip in Tyne.”
Winter followed this up with: “Thanks for tips on best spot for Tyne dip for @SBRFoundation. I know it’s a dangerous tidal river. I’m getting expert advice. It will happen.”
It’s getting a bit chilly in the north-east right now, so will you be going to watch?
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