Martin O’Neill And Alan Pardew Should Tone It All Down

Both Newcastle and Sunderland came out of the 1-1 draw last Sunday with considerable credit on their side.

Alan Pardew and Martin O’Neill last Sunday

Sunderland outplayed Newcastle in the first half and were rightly 1-0 up at the half, although it was a soft penalty that Newcastle conceded.

But then in the second half Newcastle bossed the game, and while either side had chances to win it in the final 45 minutes,  a draw was probably a fair result over the full 90 minutes – plus stoppage time.

What we didn’t like was the way the players, the managers and the coaches seemingly found it hard to control themselves during the game, and they will need to do better next season.

Alan Pardew started it all off immediately after the game, when he claimed Sunderland had come with a game plan to rough up the Newcastle players:

“In the first half Sunderland came here to upset us and Cattermole set the scene, it was ugly.”

And then on BBC Newcastle’s Total Sport program yesterday, O’Neill countered with the following rather righteous indignation:

“The half-time stats are a total contradiction to what their manager said (he’s called Alan Pardew). They’ve twice the number of bookings we have, and twice as many fouls.”  “It was an extraordinary analysis of the game, and that’s what I’ve set out to defend, as much as anything else.”

“I’m not sure whether I should have to do that, but in the course of everything that went on before, during and after the game, it’s only right you should back something up with fact and those are the clear facts. It flies in the face of any of that.

“You think you’ve watched the game, given a reasonable analysis, certainly your own viewpoint, and then you hear the opposition manager saying that Sunderland had a game plan to upset them, to unnerve them, to basically – and he used the word ugly – attempt to kick them off the pitch.”

“That was the message that he was getting across at the time.” “Lee Cattermole was booked after a minute and a half and quite rightly so too. The second foul was committed by ourselves when Davide Santon goes by Seb Larsson and Phil Bardsley after three and a half minutes.”

“The irony is that we didn’t commit another foul then for about 17 minutes, during which time they conceded seven.””This is an opportunity for me to set the record straight as it were.”  “It’s not a case of taking moral high ground, but putting across what I felt during the course of the game almost entirely the opposite of what their manager was saying.”

“It was amazing. It’s very difficult to argue with some of the things that happened in the first half. In fact, if anyone was trying to intimidate, it was Newcastle.”  “Sessegnon deserved to be sent off the pitch, I said that at the time, because he raised his arm in retaliation,” “He’s flung an arm back in the manner that, if the referee sees, he has no option but to send him off.”

“But what happened was really ridiculous. Tiote, this ‘hard-man’ of the Premier League, has clutched part of his anatomy that wasn’t even touched, he was hit between the chest and neck, enough to knock a fly over.” “He’s gone down two and a half seconds after the incident, and rolled around 14 times. It’s really disappointing. It’s not to say that is exonerating Sessegnon at all.”

“With Lee, in the aftermath of the game you have to leave it. I understand it, Lee was pretty frustrated by it all, considering that before Sessegnon was sent off he was blatantly hit in the face himself I think by Tiote, in full view of the referee, who chose not to do anything about it.”

“I don’t know what will happen in the future. I wasn’t happy with it, I wasn’t happy about his comments and I’m choosing to air my views today.”

We think both managers should tone it down a bit, and let it be, to use the words of the Beatles.

Alan Pardew’s press conference is planned for later in the week, and while we know the reporters will ask him (goad him?) into a response to the above comments, we hope Alan takes the high road and doesn’t get into this.

Both managers should now let this thing lie – both have made their case, and both of them last Sunday didn’t exactly handle themselves with dignity and decorum, and it’s simply daft to keep this war of words going.

The fans and players look to the managers for direction, and both sets of fans were very well behaved last Sunday,  to their credit.

It would be good if the players, coaches and managers followed the fans’ direction in the next derby game.

And to end on a much lighter note, the best comment we have seen since the game on Sunday is this one.

We need to lighten it all up a bit.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Several supporters has said on twitter that Pardew has refused to comment further on the matter, and praised him for it.
    So i doubt there will be anything more about this from our end.

  • Moncur

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #2


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  • gaz 44

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Martin o Neil has to be the most over rated manager in history.. did an average – below average job at villa with the money he spent and then when money dried up threw his dummy out.. did well at Celtic but who wouldn’t its got to be the easiest club on the planet to manage.. did well at semester but lets not forget they had some pretty decent players.. hesky was on fire. lennon .. izzet.. Elliot at the back

  • ~Papiss-Toon~

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Within the first 5-10 minutes, Clattermole clobbered Tiote with a tackle on the verge of being a scissor. (Seen the replay’s tiote’s legs where between both of Clattermoles while he was being tackled. All he had to do was swipe and bam, bad injury for Tiote) Soon after Cattermole fell over under no contact.

    O’neil criticizes tiote for going down after being hit. Love to hear what he says about Cattermole going down after zero contact.

  • martoon

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    MoN needs to listen – AP said the Clattermole tackle was ugly not the tactics as a whole. He also knows fine well you can put a team off their game by little nudges and blocks that don’t get blown up as fouls. Our lads were getting frustrated but were not as cute as the mackems and hence gave away a few fouls.
    Mon has always been a spoilt child wherever he has been and getting straight on the team bus instead of having a drink with AP in his office was extremely childish and has probably inflamed the situation.

  • Eastander

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Both managers need to tone it down? Have I missed something, Pardew hasnt said anything since the interview after the game

  • Toon_Tom

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #7

    I loved watching Pardew’s fist_pumps and the amount of passion he showed throughout the game.

    It shows how much this match made to him as well as us fans and the players.

    MON is a tit (Moncur’s Quote 😉 ) and his accusations and comments post-match do him no favours.

    It was a great derby game, the only negative is that we were terrible in the first half and couldnt snatch all 3 points in the second. But a great derby game and another 4 points from the unwashed!

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #8

    Off topic back to last Article on HBA

    Interesting Interview:

    Cabaye asks him a question as does Giles Grimandi: Interesting what he says about the muscle mass in his left leg (his better foot), seems hes still not 100% but almost there. Dont doubt Pardew guys, he sees HBA more than any of us and knows whats best. You only have to listen to him at the weekend, He knows exactly how special HBA is.

  • spitfire_

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #9

    O’Neil have a dementia. Congrats to him.

  • Ian Magpie

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Tone it down a bit?????????????? Why??????????? Its the most intense Derby in England FFS! Both managers are just showing passion for their clubs! and as for well behaved fans??????????????? Try telling that to the Newcastle fans who were coined and spat at who were sitting below the Mackem scum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • thepict

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #12

    AP has nothing to apologise for. O’Niel is a Cupid stunt.

  • Norwegian_geordie

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Cattermoles tackle at 37 seconds I’m sure would have been a straight red if it wasn’t for the time. Had this happened at after 30 minutes or so – a straight red!

  • stuart no9

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #14

    it dosnt matter what o’niell says , cattermole – with his first challenge of the game on tiote , was a signal from him saying ” this is what you are in for this afternoon pal ” it was meant to shake him a little.- it didnt work- it only angered the players, therefore getting involved when we shouldnt have. Pards was 100% correct in saying ” cattermole set the tone” and to be fair to sunderland , it nearly came off.O’neill needs to shut up. if the decisions were goung all our way, then why was cattermole still on the pitch after that 2 footer on tiote. shocking also why does cattermole and bentner live in darras hall.? says a lot about sunderland eh. shithole!

  • Oleg G

    Mar 7, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Well, as much as I hate to admit, I do feel like we should be honest with ourselves.

    We did play a bad game and we were fouling more than we played football in that period of time (the first half). Their fouls were more dangerous than ours but still, I feel like we looked for the objective eye, the more violent or unsettled side.

    Tiote’s acting career will be there for him when he will retire from football. I understand why he did that (so the ref will notice), but that looked ridiculous and I think that a man, specially someone who suppose to be a strong lad, to fall like that, it just looks silly. Of course who knows if the result would be the same if Tiote would just sit on the ground holding his chest, I think it would have almost the same effect just without the negativity of being an actor in that moment.

    All the other things are in the gray area so I cannot comment on that as most are behind the scenes and in the dressing room as I heard.

    But last thing is, AP was celebrating and throwing it into his face so I don’t think that is a nice thing to do, on the other hand, being in that situation, maybe I would’ve done it as well.

    Their manager wanted to talk about it, he did. We just need to forget about that first half and take with us the second one to our game on Monday.

  • American Toon 13

    Mar 7, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #16

    don’t mind a bit. derby football


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