It’s almost unbelievable what Alan Pardew did in yesterday’s game after about 71 minutes, as Newcastle were cruising to a famous win – our seventh away win of the season – at Hull City.
Joey Barton with Alan Pardew at Newcastle
But he head-butted Hull City player David Meyler, as he tried to get the ball, and quite honestly the Newcastle manager came over as a thug in that moment.
My wife Madeline saw the incident and said Pardew always looked such a gentleman – but I then told her what he had said to Manuel Pellegrini a few weeks back – and she muttered – well maybe not.
There’s no doubt this action by Pardew will now follow him for the rest of his career and he can forget about wanting to mange England – there’s no way he will do that after this.
And while Alan Shearer and Graeme Souness and others are calling for the Newcastle manager to be sacked or to resign voluntarily – that will not happen, but if Newcastle slump in the last 10 games, he could go in the summer,
Pardew will get a massive ban from the FA – and it better not affect Newcastle’s last 10 games, but this is again self-inflicted – and he is hardly a good role model for his players, when he cannot control himself on the sidelines.
To Joey Barton’s credit the former Newcastle midfielder has come out and tried to defend his former manager, as he tweeted this yesterday:
“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 what 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.”
And of course Joey doesn’t exactly have a great disciplinary record in his football career.
And for those Newcastle fans who think Alan Pardew is a yes-man to Mike Ashley don’t you believe it – Alan is strong-minded and Joey should know, because he would be the first one to call out somebody who didn’t stand up to his bosses.
Alan shamed himself, his family and his club yesterday (heaven knows what his two daughters think of their Dad), and while we’d be surprised if he is sacked now – this is a black mark – and will always be a black mark on his record at Newcastle United – which has always been a very proud club.
Newcastle coming out and fining their manager £100,000 and giving him a formal warning last night is exactly the actions a responsible club should have taken, and all credit to them for that.
What do you think?
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