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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