Alan Pardew Promises To Act Like Grown-Up In Sunderland Derby

One of the things we’d like to see during the derby game on Sunday at the Stadium of Light, is that both managers keep control of themselves, and don’t let their passions get out of control as happened last season int he 1-1 draw at St. James’ Park.

This is when things got a little heated between the two managers last season

Lee Cattermole, who we’ve always thought was a dangerous player, because of his wild tackles, set the scene at St. James’ Park with one of those tackles that the other player is glad he came out of without a terrible injury.

And Stephane Sessegnon was sent off in the 58th minute for confronting Cheick Tiote, and Lee Cattermole managed to get himself sent off after the final whistle, some achievement,  when he kept ranting like a crazy man at the referee.

And Newcastle’s goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman was also sent off,  and had to spend the remainder of the game in the stands.

Alan Pardew says he will try to control himself better on Sunday, than he did last season:

“Silly things got said on the bench, it got out of hand and it was unsavoury but it happens.” “It`s a passionate game but maybe I could have been a bit more grown-up about it.”

There are reports that both Alan Pardew and Martin O’Neill apologised for their behavior at the League Managers Association end-of-season awards dinner, when Alan Pardew took the LMA Manager of the Year Award.

At the dinner Martin O’Neil was said to be especially gracious and congratulated Alan Pardew on doing so well at Newcastle last season.

Yes, the derby games are full of passion and fury, but both managers and coaching staffs have to control themselves and maintain some level of dignity in these games.

But we also know it’s not easy.

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12 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Oct 16, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Fight, fight, fight, fight….


    Oct 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Has anyone told Carver about this? I think he will be very angry to learn he has to be caged in the changing room during the game

  • Wor Shearer

    Oct 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Don’t back down now Pards!

  • BigKirky

    Oct 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #4

    I just hope we’re lively from the off this time. We need to be as MON will have them up for it. Bit worried about Fletcher as he’s a good finisher. Just hope our two up front get the chances. Converting good chances isn’t necessarilly the problem, it’s creating them. If you give them good passes, they will score. Bombard them with quality balls into box and creative passes, they will finish them.

    No surprise that Fergie puts in some great crosses and straight away we get goals. I do like Jonas a lot but for me he should be played as left of a midfield three if anything. Can’t rely on him being a provider as all it does is make the front two look like they’re not on form and not getting chances.

    Having two holding midfielders and Cabaye sitting in front spraying the balls about and allowed chance to get forward is the best we’ve seen of him.

    It’s going to be a tough game this Derby.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Oct 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #5

    What we need is more passion not less.

    So far this season’s performances have been sadly lacking in both passion and quality.

    Tiote’s been playing like a thug, I think a red card is about due.

    Hopefully this game will kick-start our season.

  • nimo

    Oct 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #6

    i don’t actually think fletcher is a good finisher but manages to get himself in good positions..iin his first 4 games he had 18 attempts on goal only 4 on target.. with these 4 he scored 4 and all were relatively easy goals.. as long as marking is tight we should be ok butility he is a powerhouse and if willo and perch remains could dominate them

  • geordiesteve520

    Oct 16, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Does anyone else want him just to twat Martin O’Neill in the face, regardless of punishment?

  • geordiejamie89

    Oct 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #8

    Kick the makkem leaders head in Pards!

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #9

    I think we all know that unless Tiote gets full fitness back soon, his frustration is going to boil over. we dont need a red card against the mack and tacks.

  • geordiesteve520

    Oct 16, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Don’t think Cheick will get a red card as that thug Cattermole isn’t playing.

  • Graeme

    Oct 16, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #11

    That picture of Martin O’neill, manfully hiding behind the assistant is priceless lol

    He looks well up for a spot of handbags!!

  • evildick

    Oct 17, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #12

    don’t think i’ve posted for years!

    i am worried about this one, we’ve had injuries but we’re also missing that little bit of class we had last season.

    hopefully the lads rise to the occasion, i think this result could kick start our season.

    and lets face it, this is a two legged cup final!



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