Over here on the NBC Sports Network after the Newcastle game today, the panel were discussing Alan Pardew’s head butt on David Meyler, and at least one analyst though he should lose his job over the incident, because it’s not been the first incident that Pardew has been involved in while at Newcastle, or even this season.
Alan Pardew reacts to David Meyler
The sad thing is that the number one news after today’s round of games in the Premier League is Alan Pardew, and that’s after Newcastle have had one of their best away wins for a long long time.
And the former Newcastle manager Graeme Souness said Pardew’s position was untenable and Alan Shearer suggested he should lose his job.
We think those are gross over-reactions to what Alan did, although we certainly don’t condone it.
But we also don’t believe Alan knows just how much trouble he is now in – and the FA have already come out and said they are going to look into the incident.
This is some of what Pardew had to say after the game:
“I apologise to him, everyone at Hull and particularly my own fans. From now on I’m going to have to sit down and keep out of the way because that is my second incident that I’ve been involved in this year.”
“I’m not stupid enough to expect no punishment. I’ll have to accept what comes my way.” “I shouldn’t be there. The incident is right on top of me. He’s pushed me away and I’ve tried to ease him away but obviously I’ve put my head in a forward motion and you just can’t do that.”
“Sometimes when you’re on the sidelines you can get involved. It took the gloss off a great performance. I’ve kind of spoiled that.” “I don’t think it was a headbutt,” “It wasn’t a motion that was quick. I was just getting him out of my face.”
“Alex Ferguson said to me ‘go and sit down’ and I think he’s probably right. I want to win games, perhaps I get too involved. I think today has told me to go and sit down.”
When asked if he should lose his job, after being told what Souness and Shearer had said – this is how Alan responded:
“I don’t think so, but everyone has their opinion I guess.”
Alan is almost certainly going to be suspended for a number of games – maybe as many as five or six, and he will also be fined.
But the Newcastle manager might well be advised to issue a written apology on what he did this afternoon – and make that as soon as possible.
What do you think?
By the way some good news – Newcastle are now on 43 points in 8th place, and just 2 points behind the Red Devils, who have a game in hand, and we are now a full 5 points above Southampton, who were beaten 3-0 at home today by Liverpool.
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