We all remember Martin O’Neill and Alan Pardew squaring up to each other in last season’s derby game at St. James’ Park and reminded us of how some of us used to behave in the school yard – when we were 10 years old.
Alan Pardew and Martin O’Neill in the school yard
I remember those times fondly – whoops – I shouldn’t have said that.
We know just how passionate these derbies can be, and Martin O’Neill has gone through a number of Rangers Celtic derby games when he was manager of Celtic, so he know all about the passion in these games.
Both managers have said they will try t control themselves better on Sunday and they should too – and be better examples in the heat of the moment.
This is what Martin said yesterday in his press conference:
“Obviously I hope there wouldn’t be a repeat of that, if at all possible,” ‘In the heat of the moment things can happen. Since then I have spoken to Alan Pardew on a number of occasions, but particularly to say to him well done on being Manager of the Year.’
“It was not particularly edifying. These things can happen on the spur of the moment, things that you can be very embarrassed with and annoyed with yourself afterwards. I hope maybe we have both learned a lesson from the previous encounter.”
“Our first aim is to be, at the very least, the best team around here. No 1 at the very least.” “I have been involved in a number of derbies, none bigger than Glasgow, but for intensity this is up there with the best of them. “
“You just don’t want to let people down. My assistant Steve Walford spoke about the intensity immediately after the game at St James’ Park. He felt it was the same as games we had with Rangers at Celtic Park.”
The argy bargy was initiated when O’Neill accused Newcastle’s coaches of visiting the referee at half-time, after a hectic first half, when Sunderland were the better team.
And Martin did the ultimate put down – he turned down Alan’s offer of a glass of wine after the game – sacrilege.
We look to both managers on Sunday behaving themselves on the touch-line.
And to Newcastle getting all 3 points – of course.
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