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Pardew Lets Newcastle United And His Players Down

5:47 pm, Saturday, March 1st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has quickly apologized to BBC Sport for his ridiculous headbutt on Hull City midfielder David Meyler after 70 minutes – during the great 4-1 win  at the KC Stadium.

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Alan Pardew and Meyler confront each other.

Meyler was trying to get the ball in the heat of the game from Alan, and he stupidly pushed the Newcastle manager, who came back and head butted the player – but Alan Pardew does this kind of thing far too often – and now that’s going to be all the headlines about this game.

And that’s very sad and referee Kevin Friend had no option but to send Pardew to the stands and he booked Davide Meyler.

This is what Pardew told the BBC after the game:

“It was a heat of the moment thing. I massively regret it and I will have to sit down from now on. Of course, I didn’t mean to do anything aggressive. I did move my head forward and that’s enough.”

“”I think I’m going to sit down now because that’s two or three incidents I’ve been involved in.” “It’s a shame because it’s taken the gloss off a terrific performance. Of course I apologize. I represent a big club.”

And the manager has robbed the players of what should have been headlines for how well they played today, and they showed they can still score some goals when they have to.

Pardew has already been warned about his future behavior after swearing at Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini earlier this year, and the FA could throw the book at Pardew now.

We’d like to be reporting on what a great second win in a row it was for our lads – but Pardew has let his players down, and he’s let Newcastle United down too.

We think the Newcastle manager should come out quickly with another apology for what he did today, and apologize to his players and the fans.

Alan has to remember he represents Newcastle United. :(

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25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 the truth will out // Mar 1, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    looks like a puppet from fireball xl5 on picture

  • 2 Transfer Sage // Mar 1, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Daft from the manager to get involved even though he didn’t start it all….lets just wait and see what the FA decide to give.

    My view is a 5/6 game ban from them.

  • 3 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 1, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Today was a good game and they gave us lots of space to exploit. Playing like this shouldn’t be once in a blue moon event.

    We have good players and they should be given the freedom to attack more, along the lines of today.

    No surprise that chances INSIDE the box led to goals, not just shooting from range all the time. Need to do that every week.

  • 4 Toon Tang // Mar 1, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    They’ll have to start putting a proper cage round his technical area if it goes any further.

  • 5 rivettCatcher // Mar 1, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Guys… don’t fall for the cockney media 5hit storm.

    Pardew does need to calm it down though. Perhaps he’s trying to develop a siege mentality?

  • 6 Toon Tang // Mar 1, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Hes quickly becoming the most feared manager in the league…

  • 7 Transfer Sage // Mar 1, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Toon tang

    I’d like to see the FA allow him to stay on the touchline but have him restrained like hannibal lecter

  • 8 Markaccus // Mar 1, 2014 at 5:53 PM


    Luckilly, i think only morons REALLY care about sensationalist media representation. Most people (like me, and hopefully you and most of the blog) will ignore what the tabliod gutter press say and look at it as an unfortunate incident that only slightly marred a good 4-1 away win.

  • 9 Toon Tang // Mar 1, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    TS hahaa aye brought out on one of them boards on wheels with the mask. I dont know how he would write his notes though

  • 10 JackButler // Mar 1, 2014 at 5:55 PM


    Tbh mate, Pardew’s antics have pi**ed me off simply because it will take away from a great performance and victory. People need to be talking about the good we did on the pitch and not the stupidity on the side lines

  • 11 toonking // Mar 1, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    if the media were serious with the way pardew reacted today they would never have been so happy to see morineo making his return to chelsea.

    A poke in the eye can blind people a head butt would damage the person who made it just as much as the person he does it too.

    you ask people in 2 years time about big incidients they remember about newcastle, their will be lots more who remember the bowyer dyer fight than the pardew headbutt.

  • 12 Markaccus // Mar 1, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    T sage

    I’m giving serious thought……… eating your full back!!

  • 13 sportsdirect // Mar 1, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    so report on the display and result then Ed.
    dont allow yourself to be dragged into making a huge big deal of a handbags incident.

  • 14 archaeomag // Mar 1, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Looks like he is playing pattycake with Meyler.

  • 15 Transfer Sage // Mar 1, 2014 at 5:57 PM


    maybe that’s why he is fattening HBA up….and his injury could be an eaten leg?

  • 16 AndyMac // Mar 1, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    “so report on the display and result then Ed.
    dont allow yourself to be dragged into making a huge big deal of a handbags incident.”

    Get a grip, just look at the NewsNow pages. They’re full of your man Pardwho and his class act! He and the Fatman continue to drag this club down just by breathing.

  • 17 MarGera332 // Mar 1, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Let’s face it, if we had got the win 4-1 and nothing happened, then the media will still make up some rubbish about x player wanting to leave! Unfortunately Pardew has given them something else negative to write about the club.

    Just hoping that Suarez decides to bite a southampton player 😉

  • 18 martin // Mar 1, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    All the emphasis is on pardew what about the hull player equally to blame I think.

  • 19 toonluvva // Mar 1, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Will Pardew be man enough to fine himself a couple of weeks wages?

  • 20 Howay50 // Mar 1, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Par-Kung-few just needs to perfect this manoeuvre better than try it followed up with a knee in balls of that fat basta£d A$hl€¥ in the boardroom

  • 21 Zambiantoon // Mar 1, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    I dont mind this at least he shows heart

  • 22 jaxxxfrost // Mar 1, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Pardew headbutt overblown a la joey barton. Still worth the red and a few games on holiday, but there was a slight stamp to start everything from the losing player. Still should have known better and looked at his note pad to see the scoreline somewhere.

    Souness told beIN Sports: “I think it will be taken out of his [Pardew’s] hands now. It’s a fantastic football club and that was unacceptable.”

    F*** SOUEY ( appropriate way to call a pig on over) this FANtastic club was smeared by your touch. Unacceptable is Souey talking about bad managerial behaviour. Go plant a turkish flag somewhere and try to incite a full blown riot.

    I’m not happy with the suspension but at least Pardieu has some fight. Not to sure if some of the players have those kinda balls, let alone kick one the right way.

  • 23 beefman13 // Mar 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    I coudnt give a monkeys, he will be in the stands, maybe till the end of the season, get fined quite a bit as well, rather him than a player, Dummet was terrific today.

  • 24 Howay50 // Mar 1, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    ParKungFu draws support from Joey Barton, the voice of reason. ( that was before he stubbed his cigar out in the eye of a fellow team mate and served time for GBH)…….

    Barton, who played for Newcastle between 2007 and 2011, said on Twitter: “Seen Pardew incident. As per usual. Massively over-hyped…
    “Don’t let a couple of stupid incidents detract from the job he has done at Newcastle. Especially with that goes on behind the scenes there.
    “Got a lot of time for Pardew. Regardless of what people think, he is a top manager. One of the best I’ve worked with.”

    Top manager?!?!?! I’ll have some of what you’re smoking Joey!!!!

  • 25 Howay50 // Mar 1, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    More importantly let’s hope the Mackems get stuffed by City tomorrow and then go down to the Championship

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