When it rains it pours.
Alan Pardew – has been charged by English FA
After failing to get a striker into the club over the summer, basically because Newcastle wouldn’t pay out the money, would you believe the English FA have charged Newcastle manager with improper conduct.
Why, we have no idea.
The charge was announced earlier today, and it relates to comments made before Newcastle’s derby game away to Sunderland on August 20th.
The media is surmising the charge is related to Alan’s comments about the referee for the game – Howard Webb – who pf course refereed the World Cup[ final last summer In South Africa.
We know that after the game, Alan praised Webb as a first class referee, which of course is exactly what Howard Webb is.
One of the things Alan Pardew said before the game that related to the referee was the following:
“The referee needs to make sure he referees the game from a completely neutral point of view because Joey has been in the press a fair bit this week – more than Joey would have liked and more than I would like.’
“And I’m sure he’ll get a mention in Sunderland’s game plan.” “He’s a very, very good player and they’ll need to stop him but I’ve got no qualms about throwing Joey in there, no doubts at all. But the referee will need to be astute.”
There doesn’t seem to be much wrong with that statement and maybe the FA are over-reacting.
Pardew has until 4:00 pm next Monday afternoon to respond, assuming he can work out what he said that has upset the FA.
We have just two words to say to the English FA – picky, picky.
And it’s not like Alan Pardew hasn’t enough on his plate at the moment, and he still has to go into the Lion’s den once again and face the local Newcastle reporters.
His job will be to cover for Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias again, and to explain or try to explain, how come the club didn’t sign a top striker this summer, even though that’s not part of Alan’s job.
The word on Alan last night was that he was totally disappointed the club didn’t sign a top striker.
We are starting to take to Alan, if only that the man shows courage in adversity, and of course, as he is no doubt finding out quickly, he’ll get quite a bit of adversity managing Newcastle United.
But we support the players and we support the manager and the coaching staff at Newcastle 100%, and we’re looking forward to that 4th win in a row at QPR, a week come Monday.
Howay The Lads!!