Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will serve the first game of his two match touch-line ban on Monday night at Goodison Park, after he picked up the ban after pushing that linesman during the game with Tottenham at St. James’ Park.
John Carver – on the sidelines against Everton and Norwich
John Carver, along with Steve Stone will be on the sidelines for the game at Everton and the Norwich City game at home, when Chris Hughton returns to Tyneside.
And of course John has lots of experience from being Bobby Robson’s right hand man during the five years Bobby was managing his home town club, and during that time Newcastle twice were in the Champions League.
Pardew pleaded guilty to an FA charge of improper conduct for pushing linesman Peter Kirkup in the club’s first game against Tottenham, and he’s now paying the price with the two game ban, and he was also fined £20K.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Shields Gazette this morning:
“I like to stand close to the sideline – I can feel the game there.” “I can understand what the players are going through when I’m that close.”
“Sometimes, because I’m detached, I can understand how they are feeling, and that will be taken away from me.” “Obviously, I’ll be in the stand, and I’ll look at it in a different way.”
“Maybe I’ll see things like the shape of the team. John can do the role I normally do.”
Pardew was peppered with questions about injuries yesterday during his press conference, and was asked whether Newcastle should have brought in more first team players over the summer.
But Alan stuck to his guns, and will rely on some of Newcastle’s top youngsters coming through over the next several weeks, while we have some top players out through injury.
We’ll be interested to see how well the lads do – we hope they come through big time.
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