There’s an interesting piece in the Daily Express today, describing a confrontation between Sunderland’s 52 year-old American owner Ellis Short, and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, that took place before the derby game at the Stadium of Light last October.
Ellis Short – Sunderland’s American owner
Ellis Short was born in 1960, in Independence, Missouri (Harry Truman’s birthplace), and he grew up in Missouri and is currently based out of Dallas, Texas, and he made his money in private equity – and is currently worth around $2M (£1.3B).
Just before kick off in that game – which ended in a 1-1 draw after Cheick Tiote managed to get himself sent off in the first half – Alan Pardew went to shake the American owner’s hand – and the Sunderland owner refused and said:
“Why don’t you just f*** off?”
Now how’s that for setting the tone for a game about to start?
It seems that the Sutherland owner, who is known to have a short temper (sorry about that), was angry about the previous season’s meeting, when there was a confrontation on the sidelines between the then Sunderland manager Martin O’Neil and Alan – and yes you got it – Ellis blamed the Newcastle manager for starting that spat.
But Martin O’Neill will not be om the sidelines tomorrow, but new manager Paolo Di Canio will be – and the Italian is known to be combustible – although Di Canio and Pardew seem to like each other.
Short’s foul mouthed tirade was said to shock both Pardew and the Newcastle Board members who witnessed it,
Maybe that’s one extra reason that Alan wants to win the game tomorrow – and he said this at yesterday’s press conference.
“We are not far apart now and we will not be far apart at all if they win on Sunday. I genuinely think that we have a squad when fully fit which is stronger than theirs, but we need to prove that.
“We can’t wait for the derby and to have more than 150,000 people through the turnstiles at St James’ Park in seven days is a real testament to what we have at this football club.”
We hope Ellis Short is better behaved tomorrow at St. James’ Park, where he will be a guest, although we don’t know if Alan Pardew will risk another pre-match handshake with the American – probably not.
Who can blame him?
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